Shackelford County Applying for Grant to Help Fix Roads, May Not Get It

Published 01/07 2014 05:49PM

Updated 01/07 2014 08:18PM

Texas counties are eligible for a grant that can help repair roads caused by the increased oil and gas production.

The County Infrastructure Fund Grant Program was issued by the Texas Department of Transportation and will assist counties such as Shackelford, which recently finished their second public hearing Monday.

The commissioners court gathered to discuss the requirements but soon realized that may not qualify, according to County Judge Ross Montgomery.

"The more we've got into it, we've realized it has to do more with oil and gas," Judge Montgomery says. "The question now is do we we a have a need for the county and would they approve work being done on these roads?"

Judge Montgomery says oil production in their county has been consistent for 60 years, with no spike whatsoever. He adds that majority of the roads in his county are in good condition, but there are certain county roads that require improvements.

"We have a problem in the north-west part of our county needing repair because its been torn up by heavy trucks unrelated to oil production," Judge Montgomery said.

The grant that's been designated for the county is $618, 000. In order to receive the money from the fund, the county must also provide 20 percent of the grant amount.

"That's why the commissioners court is assessing whether we have a need for it," Judge Montgomery says.

The county hired a company from Austin to help represent them during the process. At the moment, they are addressing the establishment of a County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone (CERTZ) for road projects needing repair.

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