AUSTIN (KXAN) — After a briefing from the Department of Public Safety, the House Transportation Committee hears public testimony on what can be done following the deadly Interstate 35 crash near Salado last week. The Committee, chaired by Rep. Joe Pickett, D – El Paso, will discuss several ideas that would help construction safety and regulate overweight or oversized trucks. Last week, a truck that was too tall hit the bottom of a bridge over I-35 near Salado, killing one and injuring several others.
The bills include:
- HB 1165, by Cindy Burkett, R – Sunnyvale, relates to the disposition of administrative penalties and fines collected for violations of certain laws involving the operation of an overweight vehicle.
- HB 1238, by Dennis Bonnen, R – Angleton, would lower the speed limit in construction zones by 20 mph or 30 percent of the posted speed. This would not include state highways or interstates, unless it becomes the main street of a town. Bonnen said in the hearing that he wrote this bill after a deadly crash within a construction zone in his district.