Repairs Coming for Howard County Roads 9/25/12
CBS 7 News
September 25, 2012
Big Spring - Howard County Commissioners approved a budget and tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year, and part of that budget will for repairing roads in the county.
An increase in oil field traffic s what county officials say is the blame for damaged county roads.
"Times are good out here for our economy, but there is a downside and for us it's the heavy traffic on our roads," Howard County Judge Mark Barr said.
Judge Barr says the worst roads are in the Northwest corner of the county.
However, people who drive in other parts of the county say the roads aren't that bad.
"I've been driving on the county roads and they haven't given me one problem," driver Allen Fox said.
But others think differently.
"Oh they're just awful," Gage Mims said. "There's pot holes and bumps everywhere."
Judge Barr says they'll be able to set aside $500,000 for road repairs this year out of their newly approved budget.
"Mainly it's to put the roads back to where they are passable," he said. "It's not the fix-all, do-all for everything."
He says while the economy is good and mineral values are up, now is the time to make the repairs.
The next step for the county is to assess the damage and decide what roads need the most repair.