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Texas Sen. Kirk Watson files bills to ease I-35 traffic in Travis County

Senator Kirk Watson filed several bills on Monday to provide the Texas Legislature with multiple avenues to fund transformation of I-35 in Travis County

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas — Senator Kirk Watson filed seven bills on Monday in hopes of finding a way to ease traffic on I-35 in Travis County.

"Texans need and deserve affordable, reliable transportation options for drivers, transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians," said Sen. Watson.  "Adding managed lanes to I-35, investing in safety and mobility improvements across the state and permitting major urban counties to increase investments in dedicated transit pathways are tools the state can and should provide our fast growth, high-congestion economic centers."

The bills filed by the senator include SB 1073, 1074, 1075, 1076, 1077, 1078 and 1080.

The bills involve various options including tolled and non-tolled options, higher taxes and adding $10 to the vehicle registration fee.

"Each of these financing methods have their detractors, but there is no highway fairy, money doesn't grow on trees and we can't get something for nothing," Sen. Watson said. "Talk is cheap - roads are not."

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