Victoria County begins repairs on oil-field damaged roads

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

June 30, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

Victoria County is beginning repairs on roads damaged by the energy industry.

Motorists who use Cooley, Elliot or Moritz roads in Precinct 2 should use caution while the roads are under repair and gravel for about a week, said Commissioner Kevin Janak.

Janak said funding provided by a grant from Texas Department of Transportation was released last week.

Brannan Paving Co., of Victoria, will make the repairs, which are expected to cost $49,900, according to documents provided by the commissioners court.

The grant, known as the state's County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone, was designed to reimburse counties with roads damaged by the energy industry.

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 to complete much-needed repairs.

The county is responsible for a 20 percent match.

Janak said road crews worked Monday to bring in the base, limestone and gravel for the road.



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