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East Texas officials voice opinions on Texas road funding

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

A Massachusetts man is hoping to raise awareness about the conditions of roads across America. Dan McNichol has been touring the country and said Texas is in the best shape of any of the 50 state. However, he also said there are problems with the road system and that's why he hopes voters will back a plan from state legislatures.

McNichol has been touring the country in a 1949 Hudson car. The car is not much to look at, and that is the point.

"This car is as old, rusty and as energy defunct as America's infrastructure,” McNichol said.

McNichol is a former transportation advisor for President George H.W. Bush and said he thinks he knows the answer to the problem. For Texans, that answer comes in the form of Proposition 1.

"When the road is breaking down, it is often the case that the government is breaking down,” McNichol said. “This proposition, I find fascinating as a student of politics because it touches on all the sensitive points that leads to success."

Proposition 1 was first approved for the November ballot at the last Texas legislative session.

The proposition calls for $1.4 billion to be put aside for road construction projects. The proposition would bring an estimated 30,000 jobs to Texans.

State Representative Travis Clardy believes the proposition will be beneficial for all of rural East Texas.

"There will be a continuation of the I-69 corridor through East Texas and other state roads built,” Clardy said. “I also hope some of this money will go to our rural areas with the farm to market systems, particularly those roads that support the oil and gas industry."

Clardy believes the Texas infrastructure could become a model for other states and the nation could follow.

If Proposition 1 is passed for funding, the money will not come from new taxes and will not be allowed to be used on toll roads.

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