txdot http://kut.org en TxDOT Pressuring Toll Offenders: Pay Up or Be Named (Update) http://kut.org/post/txdot-pressuring-toll-offenders-pay-or-be-named-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: Central Texas residents owe the state more than $27 million in unpaid tolls, and Texas is trying out a new method to collect the dough.</p><p>On Thursday, the Texas Department of Transportation released its list of <a href="http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/media-room/news/statewide/051-2013-violators.html">the top 25 toll violators</a> in the state. Topping the list was a Pflugerville resident who had 14,358 unpaid toll transactions, which totaled $236,026. Second place went to a Hutto resident with 10,566 unpaid tolls that added up to $217,619.</p><p>Violators were from six cities: Pflugerville, Hutto, Round Rock, Austin, Taylor and Leander. If violators do not pay up, Senate Bill 1792, which passed earlier this year, gives TxDOT the authority to possibly deny the offender&rsquo;s vehicle registration and ban them from using TxDOT toll roads.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:19:07 +0000 Ryan Groves, Mark Gwin & Jody Serrano 8909 at http://kut.org TxDOT Pressuring Toll Offenders: Pay Up or Be Named (Update) Expect Slow Traffic on 71 at Southwest Parkway for a While http://kut.org/post/expect-slow-traffic-71-southwest-parkway-while <p>Traffic may be moving slower on SH 71 this morning around Southwest Parkway. And it’ll probably be that way for the next eight months or so.</p><p>SH 71 is reduced to one lane in each direction while crews work to widen the road.</p><p>The Texas Department of Transportation is adding turn lanes, an acceleration lane and paved shoulders to 71 at Southwest Parkway. TxDOT says the project will increase safety in the area.</p><p>TxDOT warns drivers should plan for possible delays in the area.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:20:24 +0000 Laura Rice 8673 at http://kut.org Expect Slow Traffic on 71 at Southwest Parkway for a While Gravel Roads? Funding Cuts? Texas Transportation Proposals Create Confusion, Alarm http://kut.org/post/gravel-roads-funding-cuts-texas-transportation-proposals-create-confusion-alarm <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F109125634" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Last week people packed into a room in downtown Austin. The <a href="http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/administration/commission.html" target="_blank">Texas Transportation Commission</a>, which oversees the<a href="http://www.txdot.gov" target="_blank"> Texas Department of Transportation</a>, was having it’s monthly meeting. There it got some advice from State <a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=79" target="_blank">Rep. Joe Pickett</a>, D-El Paso.</p><p>"I think it’s time for TxDOT to say we made a mistake," Rep. Pickett said.</p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:52:00 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8618 at http://kut.org Gravel Roads? Funding Cuts? Texas Transportation Proposals Create Confusion, Alarm I-35 Frontage Roads in Kyle Becoming One-Ways (Update) http://kut.org/post/i-35-frontage-roads-kyle-becoming-one-ways-update <p><strong>Update:</strong> The frontage road to the west of I-35 in Kyle will begin transitioning to one-way this morning and continue through Friday, April 12.&nbsp;</p><p>The I-35 frontage road's&nbsp;repainting and repaving is expected to take only one day. and will be changed to handle only southbound traffic.</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:02:11 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 7274 at http://kut.org I-35 Frontage Roads in Kyle Becoming One-Ways (Update) 'Texas Trash-Off' This Weekend http://kut.org/post/texas-trash-weekend <p>This weekend, <a href="http://www.ktb.org/" target="_blank">Keep Texas Beautiful</a> and the <a href="http://www.txdot.gov/" target="_blank">Texas Department of Transportation </a>are joining together for <a href="http://www.ktb.org/programs/litter-prevention/dont-mess-with-texas-trash-off.aspx" target="_blank">'Texas Trash-Off'</a>, which is Texas's "largest single-day litter cleanup" event.</p> Sat, 06 Apr 2013 14:29:00 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 7243 at http://kut.org 'Texas Trash-Off' This Weekend Funding for Air Traffic Control OK'd http://kut.org/post/funding-air-traffic-control-okd <p>Texas air traffic control towers are staying open for now, thanks to funding approved today by the <a href="http://www.txdot.gov/about_us/commission/">Texas Transportation Commission</a>.</p><p>The $2 million will keep the towers staffed at smaller Texas airports, including the ones in Georgetown and San Marcos, that were set to close as soon as this weekend after mandatory federal budget cuts known as the sequester.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 22:06:02 +0000 Trey Shaar 7237 at http://kut.org Funding for Air Traffic Control OK'd Rebranded 'Don't Mess With Texas' Targets Young Litterbugs http://kut.org/post/rebranded-dont-mess-texas-targets-young-litterbugs <p>The Texas Department of Transportation is reinvigorating its perennial “Don’t Mess with Texas” campaign this year to reduce littering among younger Texans.</p><p><a href="http://www.dontmesswithtexas.org/docs/DMWT_2009_Attitudes_Behaviors_Full_Report.pdf">A 2009 survey</a> from the agency showed that over half of all “active litterers” in Texas were between the ages of 16 and 34, despite 95 percent levels of campaign awareness across all Texas drivers.</p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 20:45:00 +0000 Andrew Weber 7186 at http://kut.org Rebranded 'Don't Mess With Texas' Targets Young Litterbugs The Lead: SXSW Ends, Norwood Trial Begins, TxDOT Detonates Marble Falls Bridge (Video) http://kut.org/post/lead-sxsw-ends-norwood-trial-begins-txdot-detonates-marble-falls-bridge-video <p>Good morning this post-spring break Monday. Austin’s expecting record high temperatures approaching 90 degrees today. The <a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">National Weather Service says</a> those high temperature make for elevated fire conditions, so be careful.</p><p><strong>Lead Story</strong>: It’s one of the busiest days of the year at <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/airport">Austin-Bergstrom International Airport</a>, as many visitors in town for South by Southwest head home.</p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:00:34 +0000 KUT Staff 6983 at http://kut.org The Lead: SXSW Ends, Norwood Trial Begins, TxDOT Detonates Marble Falls Bridge (Video) Express (Toll) Lanes Coming to State Highway 71 http://kut.org/post/express-toll-lanes-coming-state-highway-71 <p>Change is on the way for <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/609135-map-sh-71.html">a stretch of State Highway 71 </a>in Southeast Austin.</p><p>The Texas Department of Transportation is moving ahead with plans to <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/609132-project-fact-sheet-sh-71.html">build tolled express lanes</a> from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport east to the&nbsp;SH 130 toll road.</p><p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:27:55 +0000 Trey Shaar 6790 at http://kut.org Express (Toll) Lanes Coming to State Highway 71 Toll Break to Pull Big Rigs Off I-35? http://kut.org/post/toll-break-pull-big-rigs-i-35 <p>If you drive on I-35, state transportation officials hope you’ll see fewer big trucks next month than you do today.</p><p>The state <a href="https://www.txdot.gov/about_us/commission/">Transportation Commission</a> approved a substantial toll reduction for 18-wheelers that circumnavigate the city on the <a href="http://kutnews.org/term/sh-130">Texas 130</a> and Texas 45 toll roads. Instead of paying $33 to bypass Austin, trucks will pay $11 or less.</p><p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 01:23:24 +0000 Mark Dewey 6428 at http://kut.org Toll Break to Pull Big Rigs Off I-35? TxDOT Looking at High-Speed Rail from Oklahoma to Texas http://kut.org/post/txdot-looking-high-speed-rail-oklahoma-texas <p>The <a href="http://www.txdot.gov/" target="_blank">Texas Department of Transportation</a> has moved o<a href="http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/media-room/news/statewide/052-2012.html" target="_blank">ne step closer towards the idea of using rail</a> as an option to address highway congestion on Interstate 35. The news comes as the TxDOT kicks off a $14 million, two-year study to explore the possibility of passenger rail service from Oklahoma City to South Texas.</p><p>The study will examine the best possible options for the development of passenger trains that will connect metropolitan areas such as the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Austin, and San Antonio.&nbsp; The analysis will compare different types of services, including both a new high-speed rail system and existing&nbsp;Amtrak routes.</p><p>John Barton,&nbsp;TxDOT deputy executive director and chief engineer,&nbsp;says “passenger rail [is] a strategic component for the future of Texas transportation.”</p><p>The rail study is partially funded by a <a href="http://www.fra.dot.gov/rpd/passenger/2243.shtml" target="_blank">$5.6 million grant</a> from the <a href="http://www.fra.dot.gov/">Federal Railroad Administration</a>’s <a href="http://www.fra.dot.gov/rpd/downloads/HSIPR_Federal_Investment_Highlights_20120203.pdf" target="_blank">High Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail program</a>, and a 20 percent match by TxDOT.</p><p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:48:45 +0000 Hady Karl Mawajdeh 5345 at http://kut.org TxDOT Looking at High-Speed Rail from Oklahoma to Texas Study: Bad Road Conditions Cost Austinites $1,200 a Year http://kut.org/post/study-bad-road-conditions-cost-austinites-1200-year <p>Austin’s roads cost each local driver $1,200 a year. That's according to <a href="http://www.tripnet.org/index.php" target="_blank">TRIP</a>, a highway industry nonprofit. The organization also found that deficient roads in Texas cost drivers a total of $23 billion each year.</p><p>The report says poor road conditions cause accidents and additional traffic which lead to longer commute times and greater fuel usage. Substandard roads can also result in more wear and tear to vehicles and tires, resulting in higher maintenance costs.&nbsp;</p><p>Overall, TRIP found that 18 percent of Texas’s major urban roads are in poor condition, while 27 percent are considered mediocre. Though $1,200 a year isn't chump change, the report still found Austin has the fewest number of roads in poor condition with nine percent. San Antonio ranks highest, with 33 percent of its roads in poor condition.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 15:29:09 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5230 at http://kut.org Study: Bad Road Conditions Cost Austinites $1,200 a Year With 85 MPH Speed Limit, Trucks May Avoid New Toll Road http://kut.org/post/85-mph-speed-limit-trucks-may-avoid-new-toll-road <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">In a matter of weeks, a 41-mile stretch of toll road with&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-transportation/texas-department-of-transportation/plan-85-mph-road-draws-safety-fairness-concerns/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">the fastest speed limit in the country</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">will open in Central Texas.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">But truck drivers may steer clear of the new high-speed road, said John Esparza, president of the Texas Motor Transportation Association, which represents the trucking industry in Texas.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">“It’s going to be a deterrent, yes,” Esparza said of the road’s 85 mph speed limit.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-transportation/texas-department-of-transportation/" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Texas Department of Transportation</a>&nbsp;has said it pursued a higher speed limit for the new portion of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-transportation/texas-department-of-transportation/plan-85-mph-road-draws-safety-fairness-concerns/" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">State Highway 130</a>&nbsp;from Austin to Seguin in part to entice drivers away from more congested highways. Agency officials have said engineering tests demonstrated that an 85-mph speed limit is safe for the new toll road.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">While he acknowledged that some truck drivers drive faster than 65 mph, most trucking companies try to keep drivers from traveling faster than that speed, both out of concerns for safety and because it reduces a truck's gas mileage, Esparza said.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:14:33 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 5181 at http://kut.org With 85 MPH Speed Limit, Trucks May Avoid New Toll Road I-35 Lane Closures for Bridge Repair http://kut.org/post/i-35-lane-closures-bridge-repair <p>Starting this weekend, you should expect some lane closures on southbound I-35 around Stassney Lane.</p><p>Last month, a truck hauling an oversized load ran into the underside of the bridge, damaging it.</p><p>Though the <a href="http://www.txdot.gov/news/local_news/austin_news/009-2012.htm" target="_blank">Texas Department of Transportation says</a> the crash didn’t make the bridge unsafe, it needs to be repaired – and that’s expected to take more than two weeks. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 16:59:42 +0000 Laura Rice 4946 at http://kut.org I-35 Lane Closures for Bridge Repair Convincing Central Texans to Take Toll Roads http://kut.org/post/convincing-central-texans-take-toll-roads <p>The Texas Transportation Institute wants Austinites to<a href="http://www.tti-surveys.org/public_html/limesurvey3/index.php?sid=22858&amp;lang=en" target="_blank"> fill out a survey </a>about their use of toll roads and freeways. The Texas Legislature mandated TxDOT to have the survey done to evaluate the flow of traffic in the city.</p><p>The survey asks about when, where and how much time you spend on area highways.</p><p>TTI hopes to gather data that will help them find ways to encourage Central Texans to take toll roads. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 17:05:13 +0000 Laura Rice 4843 at http://kut.org Convincing Central Texans to Take Toll Roads TxDOT Launches Interactive Map of Driving Conditions http://kut.org/post/txdot-launches-interactive-map-driving-conditions <p>The Texas Department of Transportation has just launched a new website designed to give you all the information you need before you hit the road.</p><p><a href="http://www.drivetexas.org/Full/" target="_blank">DriveTexas.org</a> features an interactive map that shows you <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/overnight-truck-accident-closes-lanes-i-35" target="_blank">traffic</a> and weather conditions, construction projects and other information.</p><p>But before you use the <a href="http://www.drivetexas.org/mobile/" target="_blank">mobile version</a> of the website, you have to certify that you understand you shouldn&rsquo;t use the website while driving. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 18:40:03 +0000 Laura Rice 4518 at http://kut.org TxDOT Launches Interactive Map of Driving Conditions Two Highways You’ll Soon Be Able to Drive 80 mph On http://kut.org/post/two-highways-you-ll-soon-be-able-drive-80-mph <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&amp;msid=201079182274657105434.0004bc66d415a084848cb&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=30.415519,-97.679443&amp;spn=0.829001,1.208496&amp;z=9&amp;output=embed" width="440"></iframe><br /><em><small>View <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&amp;msid=201079182274657105434.0004bc66d415a084848cb&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=30.415519,-97.679443&amp;spn=0.829001,1.208496&amp;z=9&amp;source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left"> Speed Limit Raised to 80 MPH on SH-130, SH 45 S</a> in a larger map</small></em></p><p>Today, the Texas Transportation Commission approved 80 mph speed limits on two Central Texas highways.</p><p>The limit has been raised on the nine mile stretch of State Highway 45 South, from Interstate Highway 35 to US Highway 183. Heading west, SH 45 turns into SH 130, and the 80 MPH designation continues for 45 more miles, all the way to IH-35 in Williamson County.</p><p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 20:26:52 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3939 at http://kut.org Could a Congressional Showdown Crash Texas Transportation Projects? http://kut.org/post/could-congressional-showdown-crash-texas-transportation-projects <p>A dispute over federal transportation funding has some state and local governments worried. But the <a href="http://www.txdot.gov/">Texas Department of Transportation</a> (TXDot) says if funding dries up, Texas can float construction costs for up to three months.</p><p>The U.S. Senate <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/03/14/148601903/senate-passes-transportation-overhaul-bill">passed a $109 billion transportation bill</a> nearly two weeks ago. But since then, the measure has garnered little traction in the House, as Republican legislators have rallied behind an alternate budget with deeper spending cuts, <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/218937-ryan-budget-plan-poised-to-pass-house-giving-gop-needed-boost">according to Washington DC journal <em>The Hill</em></a>.</p><p>As of this writing, the House <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2012-03-29/house-vote-transportation-bill/53861832/1">just passed</a> a 90-day extension of transportation funding. Should the Senate approve the same measure, it will prevent federal funds from hitting the skids this Saturday.</p><p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 16:27:14 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3936 at http://kut.org Could a Congressional Showdown Crash Texas Transportation Projects? How Would You Improve Loop 360? TxDOT Wants To Know http://kut.org/post/how-would-you-improve-loop-360-txdot-wants-know <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?vpsrc=6&amp;ctz=300&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;msa=0&amp;msid=205748662895390239901.0004b09c4c0137e9562ac&amp;t=m&amp;ll=30.327842,-97.761841&amp;spn=0.207437,0.291824&amp;z=11&amp;output=embed" width="425"></iframe><br /><em>This map shows the areas of Loop 360 that would be affected by any 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many commuters know well, traffic can be miserable in Austin. In 2010 <a href="http://scorecard.inrix.com/scorecard/">INRIX</a>, a traffic and congestion software research company, <a href="http://scorecard.inrix.com/scorecard/MetropolitanDetails.asp?ID=26">ranked</a> the Austin metro area 26th for worst congestion nation-wide. Here is one commuter&#39;s video of sitting in traffic on Texas State Highway Loop 360:</wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 21:18:57 +0000 Jessica Mahoney 2868 at http://kut.org How Do TxDOT's New Salaries Compare to Other Agencies? http://kut.org/post/how-do-txdots-new-salaries-compare-other-agencies <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.txdot.gov/about_us/commission/" target="_blank">Texas Transportation Commission</a>&nbsp;made headlines last week when it approved a plan to upgrade the management of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.txdot.gov/" target="_blank">Department of Transportation</a>&nbsp;with five new hires &mdash; each paid up to at least $250,000 annually.&nbsp;</p><p>The commission and TxDOT have attempted to justify the large salary increases as part of an initiative to revitalize the giant agency by attracting new talent from the private sector.&nbsp;</p><p>We combed The Texas Tribune&#39;s<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/library/data/government-employee-salaries/" target="_blank">government</a><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/library/data/government-employee-salaries/" target="_blank">&nbsp;employee salary database</a>&nbsp;to see how the salaries of the new TxDOT positions compare to salaries of similar positions at other public entities.&nbsp;The Tribune&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/library/data/government-employee-salaries/" target="_blank">database</a>&nbsp;includes information from 140 public agencies and offices (click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-public-records/texas-government-salary-data/public-salary-update-refreshes-texas-cities-md-and/" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;for information on which entities were added in the latest update).</p><p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 20:31:52 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 2886 at http://kut.org How Do TxDOT's New Salaries Compare to Other Agencies?