Which road will Texas take?
January 4, 2008
EDITORIAL - Amarillo Globe-News
Ric Williamson, the feisty
chairman of the Texas Transportation
Commission, has died, which well might end
for a time the agency's recent push for toll
roads across Texas.
Williamson's death this past Sunday of a
heart attack at age 55 has silenced a
passionate advocate for the state highway
network and is a sad event for a state that
needs an efficient highway network to do
But it is interesting to note that during
Williamson's three-year tenure, toll roads
surfaced for a brief time in 2006 in
Amarillo as Texas Department of
Transportation officials discussed openly
ways to improve Loop 335.
The idea proved to be a non-starter in
Amarillo and Canyon, but that doesn't mean
that toll roads cannot work in regions
downstate with higher traffic levels.
TxDOT officials have since backed away
from the toll road notion here.
Now it falls on Gov. Rick Perry to find a
replacement for Williamson.
Let's hope he finds someone with a more
even-handed approach to highway planning -
and someone without the combative streak
that seemed to govern almost all that Ric