Ward County Hit Hard By Oil Field Traffic 01/07/14
January 7, 2014
Pyote - Roads in Ward County are being hit hard by heavy oil field traffic. Now to try and catch up with the growing problem, the county has bought over two million dollars worth of roadwork equipment in cash. Officials CBS 7 spoke with Tuesday afternoon say just a few years ago they were working on these roads once every three months, but with the increased traffic now it’s more like they are out there once every three weeks.
“There’s a lot of rigs out this way so we’ll get four or five hundred trucks today easy coming down this road,” said Equipment Specialist Tony Calvo.
Trucks carrying hundreds of pounds of equipment a day travel country road 128, pushing out gravel and making the drive very bumpy.
“They’re breaking cattle guards and they are just tearing the whole thing up,” said Ward County Commissioner Eddy Nelms in reference to the heavy 18-wheeler traffic.
“This right here isn’t too bad, as we get down a little bit it’s probably a five mile stretch really that it really gets bumpy,” said Calvo.
If left in the condition they are, it takes roughly 20 to 30 minutes just to travel the six-mile road. So for twelve years Nelms has been pushing to get their own equipment to keep up with the traffic.
“It’s fantastic you know, before we would spend two hours working on a tractor to get six hours of work done. Now we are getting eight hours a day, and it’s needed because we can’t even keep up with it,” said Nelms.
Twelve pieces of equipment and two point four million dollars later County workers now feel like their time is well spent. “All that combined really makes for an efficient working environment,” said Calvo.