County gets road project list for state grant funds

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
County Engineer Ted Kantor submitted to Limestone County commissioners court at Monday’s meeting a list of proposed road repairs to be funded by the County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone grant.
The county is in the process of applying to receive $431,109, which the state has set aside for Limestone County to reimburse it for damage done to its roads by the oversized vehicles and machinery of the oil-and-gas industry.
“These are projects that Jerry (Herrin, road foreman) and I have both looked at,” Kantor said. “These are the roads that I’ve proposed (repairing). I did prioritize them as 1, 2 or 3. I’ve talked with most of y’all about this. I just want to hash it out in commissioners court before we finalize that grant and submit it. Our initial share is $431,000. There are counties that aren’t going to apply for their share, so it will go up. I haven’t put a paper and pencil together on the expenses yet, but that’s probably about $700,000 worth of work right there. We want to make sure that we have more proposed than our share; and you can add projects if you use all your money. I wanted y’all to look at it. You hear from the public about your roads in your precincts. That’s why I gave y’all this list.”

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