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The Permian Basin Gets A Temporary $600 Million Bump In Infrastructure Funding From The State

By Mitch Borden The Texas Department of Transportation recently finalized and approved its Unified Transportation Plan, which lays out the funding for Texas roads for the next decade. This had Permian Basin leaders and businesses celebrating because, on top of … Continue reading

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Permian Basin Officials Cross Their Fingers As The State Decides If It Will Give The Region Extra Funding For Its Roads

By Mitch Borden The Permian Basin may be in line to get more money from Texas on top of the millions it already receives, to help repair roads torn up by heavy trucks and other commercial vehicles. Local officials believe … Continue reading

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TxDOT Kicks-Off New Safe Driving Initiative In Energy Producing Communities

From 2016 to 2018 — the Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT, estimates fatal crashes in the 12 West Texas counties that make up its Odessa district rose by 97 percent. That bump comes as the Permian Basin is seeing more … Continue reading

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TXDot Receives $50M For Permian Basin Projects

By Mitch Borden  Permian Basin roads are buckling under the strain of commercial traffic as the region’s oil industry booms. Congested roads are stifling production and creating public safety hazards, but a recent federal grant may relieve some of the stress … Continue reading

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Concern and Optimism Surrounds the US 67 Corridor Master Plan

Last week, the Texas Department of Transportation hosted a series of meetings to gather public input about a major West Texas roadway — US 67. To some, it’s a welcome conversation about making this traveled path safer. But for others, … Continue reading

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TxDOT Hosts Public Meetings for US 67 Corridor Study

The Texas Department of Transportation is currently in the middle of conducting a two-year study on the Highway 67 Corridor. As tourism and travel along the highway increases, the study aims to identify short, medium, and long term projects for … Continue reading

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Federal grant and frac sands give West Texas railroad a second life

In the remote areas of West Texas, the passing trains are among the few sounds that dare break the silence. Though the future of Amtrak in rural areas hangs in the balance, one old Texas rail line is getting a … Continue reading

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Investigation into Prison Bus Wreck Could Take More than a Year

Update Wednesday, January 21: The lone surviving prison guard in the prison bus wreck – Jason Self – continues to receive treatment at a hospital in Lubbock, after having recently undergone surgery. Meanwhile, two of the surviving prisoners have been discharged from … Continue reading

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Prison Bus Wreck a Reminder of Dangerous West Texas Roads

State authorities say icy roads likely caused Wednesday’s prison bus wreck just west of Odessa that killed 10 people when the bus ran off an I-20 overpass and hit a train. The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the … Continue reading

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On-The-Scene of the Prison Bus-Railroad Crash near Odessa

In West Texas on Wednesday, a bus carrying prisoners skidded off Interstate 20 and plunged over a bridge, crashing onto a passing train below, splitting open a UPS cargo container. 10 people on the bus were killed instantly: eight prisoners and … Continue reading

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