HOUSTON, TX – When it rains, it pours. You and your car might have survived the latest rounds of soaking weather, but what about our roads? According to an independent analysis agency, the record-breaking rainfall Texas received in 2015, could have done $3 billion worth of damage to our roadways. That’s enough to drive tax payers crazy.
Maryland based Kinetic Analysis Corp. came up with the hefty price tag, after researching Texas rain totals this year. That’s a lot of money to dry up soaked roads, but the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) says they’re on top of it. Danny Perez, for TXDOT says, “We won’t comment on an independent study. However, our folks are constantly looking at roads, looking at different conditions, looking at ways we can improve.”
According to TXDOT, a maintenance budget is in place to repair our battered roads. And although the Lone Star State got drenched this year, TXDOT says our roads are far from falling apart. Perez says, “Just because we’ve had a lot of rain recently, doesn’t mean that there is any significant impact to our road structure. We’re always looking at our infrastructure, making sure conditions are good. That’s something we do on a continuous basis.”
So, even though an independent analysis says Texas might have a few bumps on its road, the state says it is fully in the driver’s seat.