ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Commissioners in Angelina County are making efforts to repair road damage caused by recent heavy rainfall.
They say that while fixing the roads is a priority, improved weather conditions will be needed to make more stable repairs. One road in particular is Mountainview in Lufkin.
“The thing about Mountainview is that we’ve had a lot of construction in there,” said Angelina County commissioner Greg Harrison.
Pair the constant traffic of heavy vehicles with recent unrelenting rainfall, and you get base failures on the road, which can be hazardous and inconvenient for drivers.
“We’ve had 90 inches of rain this year, and these roads ain’t gonna stand that,” Harrison said.
Other Angelina County officials say they’ve seen this problem on various roads in the area.
“We’ve had record rainfall, and it’s all fell, seems like, towards the end of the year, and it’s made it very difficult for road repairs,” said Commissioner Terry Pitts. “When the roads are this wet, the traffic don’t stop, and then, when the traffic keeps going on it, then it just compounds your issues with base failures.”
Harrison said the current solution is to fill these holes with rock until it’s dry enough to pave the road.
“We have to let those things dry the best we can before we can actually put the asphalt material back in them,” Harrison said.
He also said ditches will need to be dug along the sides of the roads to allow water to drain properly from the road.
“If we can’t get this water into these tributaries, then it’s sitting there on these roads,” Harrison said. “Well, when it’s sitting there, all it’s doing is eating away at the road, and then when you do drive through it, it’s weak there, and that’s when you get these humongous potholes.”
Commissioners say that they’re waiting for consistent dry weather to fully repair potholes and pull ditches for water drainage. While they don’t know exactly when that will be, they say they’re hoping for sometime in spring.