Milam eligible for TxDOT roadwork grant

Milam County is among the Texas counties eligible for a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) grant to help repair or improve county roads.

TxDOT has announced grant funds are available to help counties deal with damage to county roads affected by increased oil and gas production.

That’s happened in Milam with major activity in recent years in the Minerva area and elsewhere.

TxDOT listed Milam as eligible for a minimum grant award of $2,070,110.

County Judge Dave Barkemeyer said more than 20 projects are anticipated in Milam precincts. There’s a preliminary estimate of $4 million to $5 million, although an exact figure will not be determined until commissioners add up the costs of projects in each of the four precincts.

Actually, Milam could receive more than the $2,070,110 minimum grant depending on whether other counties on the list apply for grant money they’ve been allocated.

Commissioners have agreed to limit projects to areas where there is heavy oilfield traffic.

A five-member advisory board, composed of James Perry, Jack Cook, Miron Ely, John A. Smith and Bill Whitmire has been appointed in connection with the project.

With dramatic increases in oil and gas production, especially in South Texas where the Eagle Ford boom continues unabated, the 83rd Legislature included a $225 million supplemental appropriation to help cover costs of road repairs.

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