Decision to Go Light on Asphalt Doesn’t Work Out for TX Toll 49

KXXV-TV News (Waco) reports that motorists are complaining about the bumpy ride on a segment of Toll 49 in Smith County. The North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NET RMA) attributes the pothole problem, in part, to a decision to apply only four inches of asphalt during 2013 construction. “TxDOT suggested the reduction as part of a value engineering exercise to help cut the initial costs, said NET RMA representatives.”