Dug Begley – San Antonio Express-News –
Roughly two-thirds of a $600 million down payment aimed at decreasing deaths along Texas highways will go to straightening roads, improving lighting and adding guardrails, under a plan being considered by state transportation officials.
The Texas Department of Transportation proposes spending $390 million, 65 percent of the total safety money set aside by the Texas Transportation Commission, to reduce incidents in which drivers veer from the roadway. Though causes vary, so-called “departure incidents” represent 41 percent of the serious injury and fatal injury crashes in Texas last year.
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