Fannin County officials seeking to improve the roads
FANNIN CO, Texas (KTEN) -- As more people choose Fannin County as their home, commissioners are seeking ways to improve the roads.
Fannin County drivers have watched their roads deteriorate.
"Rural roads are the worst for sure, and that's an ongoing issue and has been for every precinct," said Fannin County taxpayer, Troy Waggoner. "Its that way everywhere."
County officials have approved about $5 million to repair the roads and bridges for all four precincts, but that price tag will only cover some roads.
"I think about 21% of our total money goes into roads," said County Judge Newt Cunningham. "Increasing that amount, we could put all our money into roads and we wouldn't be able to repair them. That's the sad thing. That is the reality of the situation we find ourselves in," said Cunningham.
According to Commissioner Dale McQueen, the roads in precinct one need a lot of work.
"There's always more people coming into the county right now, and the roads are traveled immensely is what's happening," said McQueen.
McQueen acknowledges this repair process will come with some speed bumps.
"They will get better," McQueen said. "It's going to take some time. We will be working on them everyday to make it better."
The county's next step is to prioritize which roads need improvement the most.
THE COUNTY'S NEXT STEP IS TO PRIORITIZE WHICH ROADS NEED IMPROVEMENT THE MOST.
"You look at primary arteries, you make sure they're in repair," said Cunningham. "You look at emergency arteries. Arteries that are going to hospitals or necessary for schools."