Energy Corridor Roads Slated For Improvement

Barbara Schwarz
June 21, 2019 - 4:32 pm

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Legislation recently signed by the governor will aid production in the state's energy corridors.

$250 million is going towards county roads leading in and out of Texas oil and gas fields, especially around the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin but including the Barnett Shale. SB 500 included $125 million from the state's Economic Stabilization Fund, also known as the Rainy Day Fund, for counties in our state's energy sectors to address critically-needed road infrastructure, and HB 1 included $125 million in funding under the Texas Department of Transportation's appropriation.

Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association says "Infrastructure is so key, and oil and gas is funding so many of our activities that we think it's a smart investment."

He says transportation is essential to growth and development and will sustain jobs. He says improving these roads will also make them safer.