Pave the roads !

Discussion in 'Oilfield Trucking Forum' started by Cat sdp, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. Cat sdp

    Cat sdp . .

    Apr 8, 2012
    Orion's Belt
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  3. ShootThis

    ShootThis Medium Load Member

    Most of the problems are due to counties not maintaining their roads.

    In my area Midland,Martin and Howard counties there is repair and repaving going on all the time.

    I can say one thing for sure,you will not see any Texas driver doing 35 mph on a gravel road lol.:biggrin_25525:
    wtxiceman Thanks this.
  4. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

    Jul 19, 2008
    Sioux City,ia
    Texas had to have received stimulus I spose all that is spent foolilishly.
  5. Arky

    Arky Heavy Load Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    They are bad... not so much because of lack of maintenance, but due to an enormous increase in truck traffic on roads that were not designed for truck traffic. Most of the roads I travel are fine, but there are a few that really, really narrow little two lane highways. I would rather drive on the lease least if you meet another truck there, he's not running 60mph and you probably have a shoulder if you need it.
  6. Krashdragon

    Krashdragon Medium Load Member

    Apr 10, 2012
    Cleburne, Tx
    TDot does have tons of $$$... they just like to keep widening all the freeways... like I 35 thru Denton.... starting this year and continuing for what seems like forever. ( Was on the news yesterday). Sooo... that means there's pbly going to be a few slight traffic delays once in a while...:biggrin_2559:
    the biggest problem in Texas is that I can't seem to get from point A to point B without going thru J,K,L,M,N,and X,y and Z. Of which at least one has a local speed trap. Good thing the local citizenry keep signs posted.

    I hate gravel roads.... but then my bike has a very skinny front tire. What's worse is some of the parks fill in the ruts in park roads with shale. Small hand size pieces. Slippery when not even wet. 4+ wheels not too bad, just go slow. And keep going slow. 2 wheels, sometimes I fall down go boom. :biggrin_2551:

    Y'all be safe out there.
  7. Puppage

    Puppage Road Train Member

    Aug 2, 2012
    Isn't that always the case?
  8. Ben Gunn

    Ben Gunn Medium Load Member

    Oct 30, 2011
    Forgotten Coast
    South Texas around Kenedy and Three Rivers has some doozies. We're talking a good 30-40% of each lane gone on certain Farm to Market roads. There were a couple I avoided at all costs, even if it added 20 or 30 minutes to the trip.
  9. greywolfe

    greywolfe Light Load Member

    Aug 9, 2013
    San Antonio/Austin, Texas
    Now, now, enough beating up TxDot. The money is distributed to each district according to projections and request from years before. These old Farm to Market roads weren't built for the loads and traffic they are now carrying. As the taxes collected from those counties now experiencing the boom increase, so will money spent on roads, but it is a catch up act. Knowledge gained from grandfather and uncle who worked for the Texas Highway Department (before TxDot). I also had an acquaintance who was the CFO for a huge transportation contractor. That's my two cents. Also, remember that South Texas was generally poor, until now.
  10. Rockdoctor

    Rockdoctor Medium Load Member

    I pay $6 to run a toll road up here in OK that will shake your teeth loose. Now that's a scam. Not sure where they spend the money they have 9.5% sales tax and state income taxes too!
  11. Off-n-on

    Off-n-on Light Load Member

    Aug 4, 2013
    Phila, PA
    Most of the oilfield 'roads' are leased from private property owners. That probably explains why you're driving on rocks instead of paved. I never drove over 15 mph on those roads. Unless you want your truck to fall apart and if you want your body to stay intact.
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