Repair Priorities: Texas

Texas’ road conditions

As of 2008, a full 65% of Texas’ state-owned major roads had fallen out of good condition, meaning they will now be increasingly expensive to repair and maintain. Only 34% of Texas’ roads were in good condition, the state in which repairs are least expensive. The condition of 1% of Texas’ state roads was not reported.

Texas’ highway spending priorities

Between 2004 and 2008, Texas spent 62% of its highway capital expenditures on road expansion – $4.1 billion each year on average – but only 11% on repair and maintenance of existing roads – $692 million. That 62% of spending on expansion added 2,962 lane-miles to the Texas road network.

Texas would need to spend $4.5 billion annually for the next twenty years to get the current backlog of poor-condition major roads into a state of good repair and maintain all state-owned roads in good condition. Shifting more funds toward repair would go a long way toward addressing the state’s maintenance needs.

Texas’ road condition goals

Texas uses the Pavement Condition Score to measure road conditions and aims to maintain at least 90% of state-owned roads in “good” or better condition by fiscal year 2012.

For more information about Texas’ pavement management program, including the source and methodology for the above information, see the appendices of Repair Priorities.

Read more about Texas’ transportation spending

Smart Transportation Texas: Save Money and Growth the Economy
This Smart Growth America report provides more extensive analysis of Texas’ transportation spending priorities and recommendations for how state leaders can make the most of Texas’ transportation funds.

Click here to download the report (PDF)