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State Proposes Transferring Highway Maintenance to Cities

The cities of Bryan and College Station will have representatives at Thursday’s meeting of the state transportation commission.

The state board will consider transferring maintenance of nearly 78 miles of state highways to the twin cities and Brazos County.

This is part of a statewide plan to save $165 million dollars a year by shifting costs to B/CS and 58 other metropolitan areas.

Bryan Public Works Director Jayson Barfknecht says it would affect all local highways except the freeway and Highway 47.

Barfknecht says they asked TxDOT for information about maintenance costs and the last time the state did upgrades and repairs.

According to TxDOT, the state would transfer 44.14 miles of highways to Bryan, 31.376 miles to College Station, and 2.422 miles to Brazos County.

Barfknecht says the city has already lined up projects to be paid from its transportation fee, which generates about $5 million dollars a year.

The agenda for Tuesday’s city council workshop includes next year’s capital improvements plan.

Click HERE to read the map and mileage information TxDOT provided to the City of Bryan.

Click below to listen to Jayson Barfknecht’s interview with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.
 

JaysonBarfknecht082313.mp3
 

The TxDOT map of proposed highways (in red) shifting maintenance costs to the cities and county:

TxDOTmapAug2013_feat

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Posted by on Aug 26 2013. Filed under Featured Stories, News.

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