DILLEY, Texas -

There's still no deal for more transportation dollars for Texas roads, sending House and Senate leaders back to the bargaining table.
But there is good news. A Senate bill that passed during the regular session is earmarking more than $200 million to Texas county roads that have been damaged by oil and gas production activity.
Yolanda Aranda is very careful when driving around Dilley. That's because some county roads are so torn up from the constant pounding of 18-wheelers every day.
"This is Highway 85 toward Pleasanton and toward Big Wells it's pretty bad," said Aranda.
Senate Bill 1747 that passed in May, $225 million has been secured to help repair and maintain county roads damaged by oil and gas production activity.
The bill was spearheaded by State Sen. Carlos Uresti, whose district encompasses several county roads in the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin regions.
Help is on the way for county roads like State Highway 85 in Frio County. Sen. Uresti said these county roads are the gateway to the oil patch and must be maintained for the state's oil boom to continue.
Residents look forward to the road repairs. They say not only must they be maintained, but they must also be kept safe for the small town of Dilley that's feeling both the positive and negative effects of the Eagle Ford Shale drilling boom.
"Good because it's bringing money in, but it's ruining our vehicles and there's a lot of young kids that don't pay attention and there are a lot of accidents," said Aranda.
Resident Delia Sambrano added, “ It's going to be good , it's going to help a lot all the potholes, we have a whole bunch of pot holes with all this traffic going on, it will be good."

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