AUSTIN – Today State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford) announced that the Texas Transportation Commission has approved an almost $10 million expenditure for maintenance and safety improvement projects on roads impacted by the energy sector in the Barnett Shale area. King has worked tirelessly since the Barnett Shale boom began to ensure that adequate resources are allocated for this area to maintain the safety of the roads.
“I'm very pleased that the Commission has taken this action in light of the damage local roads have sustained over the years from the heavy Barnett Shale related truck traffic,” King stated, “The energy industry has been such an important driver for our local economy, but it does come with the reality of road damage. The decision by the Commission to move forward with these improvement projects in our area is a good step in the right direction to address this reality.”
The Texas Department of Transportation is expected to begin work this summer on these safety improvement projects.