Underfunding highways is not a static problem. The longer it is disregarded, the worse the problem becomes. Without adequate resources, the Texas Department of Transportation will continue to face challenges in constructing and maintaining Texas' highway infrastructure and these challenges will worsen moment by moment.
Poised between the end of FY 2012 and the beginning of the next legislative session, I thought this would be a perfect time to review the Texas Department of Transportation letting figures over the past several years. Most of us recall that 2006 and the years preceding were excellent for highway construction in Texas. Then, in 2007, the contracts plummeted. The total statewide amount let by the commission was $2,785,000,000.
I was told by several people a year ago that this year would fly by, and they were right. I am now wondering if I will have withdrawal symptoms come January—NOT. It has been a great experience for me personally, and I want to say thank you to all those folks who had faith in me being the quasi-voice of AGC of Texas. I have done the best I could, and I do not believe I pulled any of my uh-oh stunts in front of anyone that did not already know me. I am of course not including the summer board attire or the tattooed arms that came out early in the year.