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State hands down funding for county roads

By Melissa Crowe
May 5, 2014 at 12:05 a.m.


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LARGEST COUNTY ROAD PROJECTS

• $150,000 - Salem Road from Garcitas Creek Bridge to Farm-to-Market Road 444 North

• $81,067 - Moritz Road from Farm-to-Market Road 237; 1.2 miles

• $80,700 - J2 Ranch Road from Farm-to-Market Road 444 to Gentry Road

• $80,000 - Kemper City Road East from U.S. Highway 77; 1.2 miles

• $63,533 - Cooley Road from Farm-to-Market Road 237; .95 miles

With more than $738,000 in state funding, Victoria County roads will undergo much-needed repairs this summer.

Victoria County commissioners accepted the funding, which was handed down through the state's County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone grant program, along with a 20 percent local match.

The grant was designed to reimburse counties with roads damaged from the energy industry.

County Judge Don Pozzi said the commissioners have already prioritized their project lists with the increase in funding taken into consideration.

"We're very pleased with the increase in our grant award and grateful to TxDOT for the program," Pozzi said.

Of the $225 million in state funding to help counties offset the damage from the increase in heavy traffic related to energy production, Victoria County received $738,241, an increase of $118,517 more than the state's initial estimate.

The initial estimate was made under the assumption that all 254 counties would apply, but only 191 chose to participate.

DeWitt County, which is eligible for $4.56 million, received $4.96 million, according to information from the Texas Department of Transportation.

Andrews County received the highest allocation of $9.42 million.

There is not a specified deadline for completing projects under this program, but all counties must start the projects on their list within three years of signing the agreement with Texas Department of Transportation.

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