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HB 1238 would amend the Transportation Code relating to requirements for construction and maintenance work zones. The bill would require the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), a political subdivision, or a contractor or subcontractor that establishes a construction or maintenance work zone and directs the flow of traffic into the opposite lane of travel to install physical barriers to direct the traffic.
Based on the analysis of TxDOT, it is assumed TxDOT would incur additional costs on highway maintenance projects for the purchase, installation, and removal of physical barriers if traffic is required to be directed into the opposite lane of travel in the work zone.
The bill would modify fine offenses regarding the speed limit in a construction or maintenance work zone. Costs associated with enforcement and prosecution could likely be absorbed within existing resources. Revenue gain from fines imposed and collected is not anticipated to have a significant fiscal impact.