San Antonio Express News Editorial 3/3/14

We’re not surprised the state has extended the deadline for counties to apply for road repair grants. We also won’t be surprised if many counties don’t apply, despite clear and dire road needs.

The $225 million County Transportation Infrastructure Fund Grant Program is too complicated and probably not worth the hassle.

It is a poor piece of legislation. Grant awards are inadequate, particularly for counties in South Texas.

Consider the case of DeWitt County, which is eligible for $4.6 million in funds. It’s so desperate for any help, the county is jumping through hoops to get these funds.

But DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler has said the county probably needs $400 million in improvements to its roads, which have been torn apart during the oil and gas boom.

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