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.