What happens when a state roadway enters a city’s boundaries?

Amy Denney, Editor

When a city incorporates, that government becomes responsible for all roadways within its city limits, including any state numbered streets. Cities must then create a municipal maintenance agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to determine the responsibilities of the city and the state for constructing, reconstructing and maintaining state roadways. These agreements give a city “exclusive domain, control and jurisdiction over the public streets within its corporate limits,” according to TxDOT.


The state agency can indicate which roadways it will continue maintaining. To create a municipal maintenance agreement, a city meets with TxDOT to discuss maps identifying state roadways within city limits; lists of roadways maintained by TxDOT and by the city; maintenance requests on those roadways; and a list of exhibits, such as landscaping and filtration system plans. A city will then approve a resolution to enter into an agreement with TxDOT. Both the city and TxDOT will review and approve their responsibilities to execute the agreement.

By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two cats.