County gets access to state road damage grant

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County has been allocated close to half a million dollars as its share of a fund set aside by the state to reimburse counties for wear and tear on their roads by oversized trucks in the current oil boom.

County commissioners learned this good news at last Monday’s commissioners court meeting and made plans to take the first step to meet the requirements to redeem the money, which is to schedule a public hearing for what is called the County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone Grant.

“This is that money the Legislature allocated – $225 million state-wide – for roads that have been damaged by oil and gas activity based on overweight permits, well completions and a whole list of things,” said County Judge Daniel Burkeen to the court. “It works out to Limestone County having available $431,000 to repair those roads, but we have to set up this reinvestment zone, have a public hearing on it 30 days before we set it up; and it has to be set up the week of Feb. 7, so we’ve got a fairly short time frame to move on it.

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