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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas has begun a program that could lead to private companies doing routine maintenance on interstate highways to save money.

The Austin American-Statesman (bit.ly/Sgihbk) reported Tuesday that the Texas Department of Transportation is considering outsourcing routine upkeep on stretches of interstates. The work would include repaving, mowing, litter pickup and sign repair.

A five-year pilot project started this summer. The $26 million program involves an Australian company, Transfield Services, and a 100-mile stretch of I-45 in the Houston area.

TxDOT spokeswoman Kelli Reyna says the anticipated savings would involve less overtime work for state maintenance employees. The agency has projected up to $120 million in savings over five years.

Companies would be sought to maintain I-35 between San Antonio and Dallas and I-45 between Houston and Dallas.

Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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