Aransas County commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, May 11, approved County Road and Bridge Engineer David Reid’s 2020 Annual Road Conditions Report, and then approved a Prioritized List of Roads for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) 2020 County Transportation Infrastructure Fund (CTIF) grant program application.

Reid said the annual road report is a requirement of the grant.

Before taking action on the CTIF grant program application, Commissioner Wendy Laubach asked about when improvements will be made to FM 1781.

“I’m getting a lot of questions about FM 1781,” she said.

Reid said those improvements will be paid with funds from Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funding.

County Project Manager John Strothman, who is overseeing all county projects dealing with federal funding after Hurricane Harvey, affirmed what Reid said.

Reid said all counties are eligible to receive CTIF funds for damaged roadways, and the county’s allocation this year is about $147,000.

Commissioner Charles Smith said a lot of counties don’t seek the grant money.

It was also noted the funding was originally created to help pay for repairs to damaged roads caused by large trucks after the discovery of the Eagle Ford Shale. That program has since been revamped.

Road projects

Roadways to receive work funded with CTIF money are:

• N. Kossuth – (Maple to Linden), level-up and chip seal ($39,550)

• N. Kossuth – (Linden to Sabinal), level-up and chip seal ($36,430)

• Copano Retreat – (State Highway 188 to Swan Lake Park), recycle, stabilize, and chip seal ($62,185)

• Egery Island – (FM 136 to Refugio, Taft), level-up and chip seal ($35,183)

Total construction costs are estimated at $173,348. TxDOT’s share is $138,678. The county’s share is $34,670.

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