AUSTIN, Texas -- President Trump is expected to make fixing the country's aging infrastructure one of his major legislative priorities this year.
For many Texans, it's long overdue.
Early reports of the president's plan show it calls for $1 trillion in investments and the White House wants to lean on the private sector for the vast majority of the funding.
But in the Lone Star State, that approach is expected to hit Texas-sized roadblocks. The Texas legislature slammed the door on any new public-private partnerships this past session.
With much-needed transportation cash at stake, some say state leaders could have to change their tune, since lawmakers are wary of raising fuel taxes.
"So that implies that we're going to have public-private partnerships, that implies that we're going to have tolling, and so I would say that more tolling is almost inevitable," said UT Civil Engineering Professor Randy Machemehl.
Transportation experts say toll roads are less cost-effective than fuel taxes since private tolling companies need to make a profit. President Trump's infrastructure plan also calls for the privatization of rest areas.