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07/05/07 - Nacogdoches

Summer Road Projects Behind Schedule

by Donna McCollum

County road crews are normally maintaining and topping roads this time of year. Instead they're hosing down the garage. Excessively wet weather has run crewmen indoors. Truck foreman Ray Scott said,  " Shut everything down. We do what we can do. " Such as cleaning up the shop, picking up limbs after the storms and repairing equipment that had to get out on all those muddy roads. Mechanic Glenn Permenter explained,  " The mud will get on it and cake up make everything run a little hotter than usual. "

Pot holes are easy to find, but there's not as many as you would expect. At summer start, crews had plenty of topping material. Road administrator, Doyle Williams said,  " We had a supply run ahead of time, so that was really nice. We worked in between the showers to get that done. "  Tut now the mixer sets idle. That's because the sand is way too wet to be mixed with the oil and only one thing can fix that...sunshine. About a week of sun is needed to dry out materials.

About half the roads in nacogdoches county are oil topped. Despite all the setbacks, crews have managed to black top some roads that were previously dirt. Dryer weather would also allow crews to get outside to spray and mow flourishing weeds, another summer project that's on hold.

Logging Industry 

The East Texas logging industry is hit hard by all the rain too. Industry leaders say it's the wettest summer since the early 1970's.   G & S lumber, in Nacogdoches, is cutting logs, but its inventory is way down. Muddy conditions prevent logging trucks from entering the woods. The mill has shut down four times this year from two to four days.   Buddy Hawkins buys the timber.  " It has an impact on all employees down there because they go to the house. And no one gets paid, so it has an economic impact to the county and also the City of Nacogdoches or whichever one we're dealing with,  "  said Hawkins. Larger mills are hurt too. International Paper's two paper mills are traveling as far as Grapeland and Arkansas for logs. Loggers say they need about six weeks of dry weather.

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