CENTRAL TEXAS (September 5, 2013)—Construction along the 60-mile stretch of Interstate 35 from just north of West south to Salado won’t be fully completed until 2017, the Texas Department of Transportation says.
In the meantime, accidents along the Central Texas stretch are increasing and many of them involve 18-wheelers that leave behind damage to the highway, bridges, signs and guardrails.
Taxpayers, however, aren’t footing the bill for repairs.
TxDOT spokesman Ken Roberts says the truckers’ insurance companies actually reimburse the state for repairs.
He said that damages that ranged from as little as $1,000 to as much as $100,000 have occurred.