NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - TransCanada Keystone Pipeline is completing work in Nacogdoches County.
This means the last sizeable settlement checks for non-intentional road damages are coming in. The latest checks add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
While the pipeline remains controversial, the working relationship is positive for Nacogdoches County officials. Crews are busy spreading a fresh topping on a Nacogdoches County road.
The work is repairing ruts previously left by huge, weighted trucks needed for the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline construction.
"This is a flooding problem caused by the pipeline." said deputy constable Chuck Copeland, the damage assessment officer for Nacogdoches County.
Copeland kept track of potholes and broken culverts on every road for over a year.
"Their equipment crossing our roads and that all does tremendous damage," Copeland said.
This was one area TransCanada wasn't met with confrontation.
"We just give the assessment, told them damages, they looked it over and …," said Pct. 1 Commissioner Jerry Don Williamson.
They totaled it up and wrote out the check.
Next week, TransCanada is shelling out over $452,000 to pay for repairs on 11 county roads. This pleases Road Administrator Doyle Williams.
"It's a rather large check," Williams said. "It was nice to get."
With checks totaling more than $400,000, it means counties can do a more permanent job of repairing roads.
"We put every dollar back into that road," Doyle said.
Of course, that means county officials hear about it from residents who live on other roads.
"We do," Doyle said. "Because they think it's just revenue brought in for the whole county which it is not and we try to do the right thing."
But will they miss the company that faced so much opposition elsewhere?
"Uh, probably not," Doyle said. "They been good to work with, but at the same time, there have been a lot of issues and traffic on the road."
And that won't be missed by a lot of Nacogdoches County residents.
County officials say TransCanada Keystone Pipeline will be in and out of the area to make needed pipeline adjustments, including erosion issues. Similar working relationships are also established with oil and gas companies.