By Chuck Schechner, NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

HURST (CBSDFW.COM) – The need for more highways in North Texas far outstrips the money available to build them.

Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads says it take three times as long to plan a new highway than it takes to build it, and declining gas tax money, combined with state and federal budget deficits, are putting the brakes on plans for more roadways.

“It’s tough when you can’t plan long term for your transportation needs” says TxDOT’s Steve Simmons.

KRLD’s Chuck Schechner Reports

Michael Morris, Transportation Director of the North Texas Council of Governments, says highway construction can lead us out of the recessions.

The men spoke at a transportation summit called by Congressman Michael Burgess.