Victoria County officials move forward with TxDOT program

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Jan. 6, 2014 at 4:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 5, 2014 at 7:06 p.m.

The Victoria Commissioners Court on Monday approved countywide road reports aimed at helping secure state funding for infrastructure repairs.

The reports indicate that overweight traffic accounts for all but one instance of road failure within Victoria County.

While farm and ranch traffic comes with a heavy load, commissioners are tasked with identifying projects directly related to the oil and gas industry.

"All four precincts are seeing oil and gas damage to a certain extent," said Commissioner Clint Ives, who has spearheaded the efforts for Texas Department of Transportation funding.

The Texas Legislature, during its most recent session, approved $225 million in state funds to be distributed among the state's 254 counties.

Texas is ready to pitch in $4.56 million for damaged roads in DeWitt County caused by oil production from the Eagle Ford Shale.

Victoria County is estimated to receive $619,724 in state funding.

While Victoria does not have the production traffic of DeWitt and Karnes counties, the ancillary industries - disposal wells and pipelines - "are every bit as damaging as the production traffic," Ives said.

Some of the worst-rated roads in Ives' precinct are Albert Avenue, Davies Road, Grand Oak Drive and Tipton Road, according to the report.

In Precinct 1, led by Commissioner Danny Garcia, the report shows 54 miles of gravel road, accounting for more than a third of all roads in that precinct.

County Judge Don Pozzi said he has left the issue to commissioners.

"It's their roads to identify; it's their projects," he said.

Ives said the next step is to name the projects commissioners will submit to the state, create an advisory committee and wrap up the application documents.



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