Hundreds Of Harassment, Discrimination Allegations Surface Against TxDOT

May 24, 2018

A KXAN investigation has discovered more than 200 allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation against the Texas Department of Transportation in the past five years. Many were complaints from women and minorities who represent an undersized portion of TxDOT’s workforce, according to internal records.

Large Portions Of West Texas Sinking At Alarming Rate, New Report Finds

Mar 23, 2018
Rafael Aguilera

Nearly two years after a pair of giant West Texas sinkholes gained national attention, new research in the area shows they likely won't be the last in the region.

City of Arlington

Texas Transportation Commission member Victor Vandergriff plans to step down from the board that oversees the state’s transportation agency, according to a report from D Magazine. That would make the North Texas man the second transportation commissioner to decide to step down in recent days.

From Texas Standard:

In an attempt to manage the growing congestion on Texas highways, and corresponding rates of frustration for drivers, the Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT, has been implementing what could be called  a market-driven approach to driving. Rather than spend more state dollars on highway-building, Texas has turned to the private sector, which has built toll roads where the cost to drivers fluctuates with traffic demand.

Trinity Parkway Design Charette Report

The plan to build a toll road next to the Trinity River in downtown Dallas appears to be near death.

The Dallas City Council spent hours Wednesday talking about the road and the park that's been proposed in the river basin. Council members will vote on killing the parkway next week.

Texas Poised To Spend $2.5 Billion On Urban Highway Projects

Mar 8, 2017
Brandon Formby / The Texas Tribune

Weeks after two state senators questioned how billions in voter-approved highway money could be clawed back and spent on other state needs, Texas transportation officials on Wednesday touted a litany of projects they plan to build with the funds. 

Texans Fear Trump's Highways Plan Will Create More Toll Roads

Nov 25, 2016
Shelby Knowles

Part of president-elect Donald Trump’s promise to create new jobs for Americans relies on a “deficit-neutral plan” to spend $1 trillion on public works projects, including hundreds of billions for roads and rail.

But the strategy could result in something many Texans aren’t going to like: more toll roads.

“Unfortunately that’s the way I’ve read it,” said state Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, vice chair of the Texas Senate transportation committee.


There’s been a lot of talk about plans for a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston, but another high-speed train could eventually serve passengers from Oklahoma to South Texas.

TxDOT Planning $1.3 Billion To Reduce Traffic In Largest Cities

Jan 28, 2016
Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

The Texas Transportation Commission unveiled a $1.3 billion plan Wednesday targeted at reducing traffic congestion on some of the most clogged Texas roadways.

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North Texas drivers are intimately familiar with accidents slowing down the morning commute. However, Tuesday's accident on Interstate 35E was unusual.

Abbott Plans To Add $4 Billion To Texas Road Funding

Dec 9, 2014
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Gov.-elect Greg Abbott has set himself a tall order for his first legislative session: nearly closing the Texas Department of Transportation’s $5 billion annual budget shortfall.

City of Arlington

In addition to the many candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot, Texans are voting on a constitutional amendment known as Proposition 1. If it passes, a portion of oil and gas tax money flowing into the state’s rainy day savings account will be used for transportation.

Dallas County Claims 20 Spots On Texas' List Of Most Congested Roadways

Aug 29, 2014
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Harris and Dallas counties have the dubious honor of claiming the most spots in the state's latest list of the 100 most congested roadways in Texas.

BJ Austin / KERA News

Most of the attention for November elections has been on the governor’s race and battles between candidates.

But voters will also decide whether to use some of the oil and gas tax money that would go into the Rainy Day savings fund to pay for roads.


Update, 4 p.m. Saturday: Various media outlets are reporting that all lanes on Interstate 30 have reopened.

Update, 2:45 p.m. Friday: KERA's BJ Austin has the latest: Two eastbound lanes of Interstate 30 have just reopened at Dalrock Road following this morning's big pile-up on the fog-bound bridge over Lake Ray Hubbard.

Westbound I-30 remains closed, although one or more westbound lanes could reopen Friday evening. Motorists are advised to consider alternate routes. Crews are working to install about 500 feet of concrete barrier that was damaged or destroyed.  And hazmat crews are still picking up debris and mopping up fuel spills.

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Prada Marfa might be doomed. No, there's no fancy store in Marfa. Instead, it's a roadside advertisement -- and Texas officials say it's illegal.

State transportation officials are pondering what to do about the iconic structure in West Texas, The Associated Press is reporting. Blame it on the Playboy bunny.

Supporters of Planned Parenthood are urging Texas to "put women's health ahead of politics."

A stretch of Interstate 35W in Fort Worth tops Texas' list of the most congested roadway segments in the state.

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More than 1,600 account holders in the Texas Department of Transportation toll road system can expect a credit following a cyber-attack.

The unemployment rate in Texas has fallen to 7.3 percent in January, the state's lowest jobless figure in nearly three years.

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The SPCA of Texas opens its “new” doors today on I-30 just west of Hampton in Dallas. KERA’s BJ Austin says it’s a new seven acre campus that’s been in the works for more than 8 years.