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Old Roads, New Trucks: The Farm to Market Road Problem

by: Kristen Guilfoos

Amarillo, Texas - New trucks and old roads... It's a problem that has the potential to cripple industries in the Texas Panhandle. 

One of the biggest problems with these roads is that there is not really any shoulder to speak of... something that creates a major safety concern.

With no extra space to move, it's almost impossible for two 18-wheelers to be on the road at the same time without hitting each other.

It's a situation that didn't exist 50 years ago when the roads were built, but now, as the trucks get bigger and bigger, so does the problem.

Couple that with the fact that the 80,000 pound loaded vehicles are causing structural damage and state legislators are finally saying enough is enough.

State Representative John Smithee says, "Those highways are the lifeblood. They're the arteries that keep our area alive. We use them for transporting livestock. We use them for transporting farm equipment. We use them for transporting oil and gas drilling equipment."

Even though Texas is in the middle of a major budget crisis, Smithee says they're going to have to find the money to fix these roads somewhere, saying they don't really have a choice... Either you fix the roads or you shut down the Panhandle.

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