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Written by Terri Hall   
Friday, 17 July 2009
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Laughing out loud...the SH 130 toll road is SO EMPTY during rush hour traffic that a plane can land on it, sit there all day while it gets repaired and take off later that evening! Something is seriously wrong when we're building billions of dollars of toll roads scarcely a soul can afford to drive. SH 130 was supposed to take the trucks off I-35. I still sit bumper to bumper with nothing but trucks the whole way from San Antonio to Austin on I-35. What a flop! Enough of the multi-billion-dollar grand experiments...toll roads don't solve congestion!

Plane takes off after emergency landing on toll road near Hutto
CBS 42 Reporter: Stephanie Serna
June 30, 2009
A small plane landed successfully on SH 130.  (Josh Beebe)
A small plane landed successfully on SH 130. (Josh Beebe)
Late Tuesday afternoon a plane took off from the SH 130 toll road near Hutto where it had to make an emergency landing in the morning.

It landed just south of Highway 79 around 8:30 a.m.

The pilot, 24-year-old Lindsey Moreland, told investigators she took off from an airstrip at Austin-Bergstrom Airport and was headed to Georgetown when she had engine trouble.

The toll road was closed while crews moved the single engine Cessna to the shoulder of the southbound lane.

At 4:30 p.m. the highway was shut down again so the plane's owner could take off and fly to Temple.

The landing damaged a couple of road signs that will cost about $1,000 to repair. But TxDOT says her insurance will pay for it.

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TxDOT Exec resigns

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Question now is, his replacement will be named AFTER the Legislature leaves. So will the new Director keep the status quo, or lead the agency to restore the public trust?

TxDOT chief executive Amadeo Saenz to resign

2:57 PM Wed, Jan 26, 2011 | Dallas Morning News
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Texas Department of Transportation executive director Amadeo Saenz resigned today, just weeks after a hand-picked panel of advisors urged his bosses to make leadership changes at the highest levels.

He will remain in his spot, however, until Aug. 31.

Saenz, who has been chief executive of the 12,000-employee agency since 2007, is the first hispanic to lead the department, which is famous for its tradition of hiring from within. Saenz joined the department 33 years ago in Pharr District.

"Throughout the course of his career, Amadeo has earned a reputation as a leader and coalition builder, and earned the respect and trust of his peers across the country, our partners here in Texas, and most importantly, his employees.

"Amadeo has served his state with honor and integrity. TxDOT is a better agency today thanks to his leadership," said Deirdre Delisi, the chairwoman of the Texas Transportation Commission, the five-member panel that oversees the agency.