Texas' efforts to widen rural highways and add shoulders is saving lives, officials said Thursday.
The Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University analyzed accident data on 1,159 miles of roadways before and after they were improved. The analysis found that there were 133 fewer fatalities and 895 fewer injuries on those roads than before the upgrades.
Money to make those improvements came from a voter-approved bond initiative in 2003, Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Val Lopez said. The $3 billion bond package called for 20 percent of the funds to be spent on projects that would reduce crashes or improve lazardous locations.
The transportation department plans to expand the safety program, Lopez said in an email.