East Texas officials respond to infrastructure ratings

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - When the American Society of Civil Engineers released its 2013 report, Texas was rated higher than the U.S. average of D+ with a C rating.

The report also says that 38 percent of roadways are in poor condition. Nacogdoches County officials believe those numbers are accurate.

"We may be pretty close with the 38 percent that need some major repairs done," said Nacogdoches County Road Manager, Doyle Williams.

Williams added that even though he would consider those numbers accurate, almost every road the county controls is in some need of repair.

Part of the problem is population growth.

"It's creating a lot of issues with people moving out of the county," said Williams.

To fix the entire nation-wide infrastructure, it will cost an estimated $3.6 trillion. Cost is a real concern on the county level.

"Our revenues are down, and our budget has been cut. I am hoping that will change in the future, so we can do a better job with the oil roads and upgrading the gravel roads we have," said Williams.

The feeling is mutual in Angelina County as well.

"With labor and equipment costs, everything goes up; except people don't want their taxes to go up," said Angelina County Precinct Four Commissioner Scott Cooper.

Even with repairs needed, Cooper still feels confident in the county roads.

"With roads that are 30 or 40 years old and in good shape, I think we are better than a C," said Cooper.

To see the full report go to the ASCE website.

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