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    News Article | July 20, 2022

    Road & Bridge

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    "I was approached by a constituent in my precinct about opening up a new road. How do we get the process started?"

    May a commissioners court open a new road on its own motion, or is a landowner petition required?

    A commissioners court may open a new road on its own motion or upon application by members of the public. Tex. Transp. Code §251.051 provides general authority for a commissioners court to lay out and open new roads. Tex. Transp. Code §251.052 authorizes the commissioners court to open a new road on petition by eight landowners in a precinct and sets out what information must be included in the petition. For more information, see Short Answers to Common Questions: Common Road and Bridge Questions.