Roads in serious need of repair are the talk of the town in Nixon, a small town about 90 minutes south of Austin.
Nixon is part of an oil and gas boom happening across much of the state and its infrastructure is feeling the effects.
"We're seeing extreme degradation," Glasscock County Judge Kim Halfmann said. "Since 2009, our oil and gas production has doubled. Gross sales have quadrupled."
Those are statistics which Halfmann is proud of. Her concern lies in the perception the state is too slow to react to roads in need of repair.
"We're faced with the same thing that the people in the Eagle Ford Shale have been faced with," Halfmann said.
This past session, legislators approved $450 million dollars directly to pay for roads affected by the oil boom.
Not included in the same budget; 83 miles of worn-out roadways throughout the state which the Texas Department of Transportation says needs to be converted to gravel.
"I don't see how they could not make the list—particularly given the impact and necessity those roads have to the energy sector,” Democratic Senator Carlos Uresti said.
TxDOT officials say the "high-end unpaved roads" cost $40,000 per mile to construct. In all, more than $3.32 million is needed—more money TxDOT wants the Senate Committee to approve.
No funding solution was reached on Wednesday. Some senators want public hearings before moving forward.