State Grants For Rural Roads Not As Much or As Near As Marion Officials, Residents Hoped

NyQpOrtd_400x400By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor

Marion County Roads – Part 1

Marion County country roads have little resemblance to a John Denver ballad. The rural lanes are scenic enough and they will take you home, but more and more residents say they are tired of potholes and gravel.

Empty promises do not make the ride any smoother either, and can cause tempers to get shorter. A September 17 social media message by Marion County Judge Leward LaFleur to Liberty Road resident Sarah Matthieu appears to overstate possible state help for Marion County roads.

“I am in the process of applying for a grant from TXDOT for roads,” LaFleur wrote. “The state has allocated $500 million for county roads!” TxDOT will not accept applications for the Texas Infrastructure Fund until January or February, a Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson revealed, however.

An August 9 letter from TxDOT Executive Director James M. Bass to Texas Association of Counties General Counsel James P. Allison explained his agency was still drafting rules for the grants to counties… (a subscription to the Jimplecute is required to continue reading this article).

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