Texoma Counties Applying for Road Work Grant

- What's good for the local economy is not so good for some of the local roads.

And now some counties are seeking state funds to fix roadways damaged by heavy oil drilling activity. Both Wichita and Montague counties held meetings Monday on that application process.

Roads that can be considered in a county energy transportation reinvestment zone are those that have been worn and damaged by energy production, especially from increased activity from the boom in hydraulic fracturing drilling.

Montague and Wichita counties are hoping to get grants that will help repair some roads that are getting a lot of wear and tear from heavy oil field trucks and equipment.

“We need it for roads because of the damage from the shale oil heavy trucks,” says Montague County Judge Tommie Sappington.

Montague County held a public meeting Monday to discuss the process of creating county energy transportation reinvestment zones for road repair grants.

Wichita County discussed the grants Monday and will have a public hearing on December 30th.

“We have to identify something in that zone but we can repair any road in the county so the commissioners are gonna have a work session next week and try to list what roads they think are in priority that they want to include in this,” says Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom.

Thirty days after the public hearing, the counties can apply for the money. If they get the grants they are required to put up some money for the projects themselves.

“We have to provide a 20% additional money to it so in the 1 million we'd have to provide 210 thousand but our labor, our equipment use can be used towards our 20%,” says Judge Gossom.

And counties have the option to do the work themselves or take bids from private companies.

Montague County is hoping to a get a little more than two million dollars and Wichita County is hoping for at least one million. It hopes to get as much as two million as well.

If you want to attend the Wichita County public hearing to learn more or suggest roads that need to be fixed, it will be 10 a.m. Monday December 30th in room 270 at the court house. 

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