In 2003, Gov. Rick Perry signed the Move Over Act. Missing from the original law's list of protected groups was transportation workers, even though the state reports hundreds of motor vehicle deaths in construction or maintenance zones every year, many of them involving road workers.
The sharp increase in heavy traffic from a historic oil boom has damaged many farm-to-market roads in South and East Texas. The damage related to energy development has become so extensive that state and local authorities lack the funding to make all the repairs.
Citing a funding shortfall and the impact of a historic oil drilling boom, Texas Department of Transportation officials on Thursday announced plans to move forward with converting some roads in West and South Texas to gravel.