Midland County To Pave Roads, Consultant To Help Choose Areas 4/29/13
CBS 7 News
April 29, 2013
MIDLAND COUNTY-Many Midland County roads are unpaved. For residents who drive the roads, they could soon see major improvements to the bumpy conditions.
A $10-14 million dollar project will pave 54 miles of dirt and caliche roads across the county. County residents have complained for years, but it won't cover every road.
"We will look at what right of ways we have, but with 54 miles to pave we will have to pick and choose,” said County Commissioner Robin Donnelly. “We will start paving the thoroughfares first.”
Commissioners today voted to find a consultant to help determine which roads to pave. They say streets with blue county signs can be paved--but that the county doesn't have right-of-way to pave streets with brown signs.
Residents in Midland County say it’s a safety issue and it’s wearing on more than just their patience.
"It’s terrible because eventually it eats up your shocks on your vehicle and the wear and tear on them is even worse,” said Helen Galindo, who lives on an unpaved county road.
The project will cover almost all of the unpaved roadways the county has right-of-way to pave.
"This is an opportunity to do something extraordinary in Midland County,” said Midland County Judge Mike Bradford. “We've been blessed with a good economy, increased tax revenue and as a result we are going to resurface a lot of county roads."
The county says there's a long road yet to paving these roads. It will take at least a few weeks to identify a consultant before work can begin.