Some members of the Texas Legislature want to put the brakes on TxDOT's plans to convert some damaged paved roads into gravel roads near the Eagle Ford Shale area.
"What TxDOT is taking these roads that currently are paved and instead of repaving them, turning them into gravel," said Texas Senator Judith Zaffirini.
She told 550 KTSA News that TxDOT has a list of 83 miles of roads in selected counties that would be impacted.
"We are concerned that's just the first step," Zaffirini said.
TxDOT officials say the department can't afford to repave the roads that have fallen into disrepair because of heavy use by big trucks near the Eagle Ford Shale project, but Zaffirini doesn't think turning them into gravel roads is the answer.
"The farm-to-market roads are so important to our community and are so critical to our state's economy and to Texans' way of life," said Zaffirini.
She and the Eagle Ford Shale Legislative Caucus will host a regional public meeting at 5:30 pm Tuesday at the Cotulla Convention Center in Cotulla, Texas.
"We have to continue to discuss extensively these drastic measures and collaborate on possible alternatives," said Zaffirini.