Southern Nacogdoches Co. residents complain about roads

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A road administrator and county commissioner give a group their undivided attention. Specifically, the topic is County Road 525.

The road worries residents in need of emergency medical attention.

"You name it [a sickness], he's got it and so having access to an ambulance is something that's really important for him," said Karen Williams, who has a family member in need of medical attention.

And when it isn't raining, there's the dust. Enough to make someone sick, even sicker. Edward Rylander got his doctor to back him up.

Hearing from upset residents over county road conditions comes with the job for a road administrator and county commissioner. In Nacogdoches County such a meeting occurred first thing Tuesday morning.

The residents have been proposing a solution for years.

"If we had it black topped it would help us out a whole lot better," said resident Eddie Wisener.

"We'd like to have them all hard topped in some way or form," said Road Administrator Doyle Williams.

Those who hold the county purse strings say they answer to improving roads everywhere in Nacogdoches County boils down to one thing, money and that requires more taxes.

Nacogdoches County has held the tax rate down for up to three years. The road material budget is about a half-million dollars. That's enough to fix one road, let alone 800 miles of it.

"I didn't obligate myself to say we will do it this year, but it's something we can look at in the next four to five years maybe we can work towards," Williams said.

In the meantime, Williams will try to get heavy equipment operators to slow down and perhaps re-top the road with limestone. Not exactly the answer these 22 residents want to hear, but right now, no grudges are held.

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