HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Pot holes, bumps, and cracks can all affect driving conditions. Assistant County Engineer Brittney Clayton explains the process of how roads get graded and fixed.
“We grade our roads ourselves every one to two years, we try to do it every year. So we keep up with our roads and the condition and we try to stay on top of things, it’s just tough when you don’t have the money to do it,” said Brittney Clayton, Houston County Assistant Engineer.
Clayton explained road projects are generally funded by gas taxes and not property taxes. They plan to use the increase in the gas tax for some projects.
“We are trying to use Rebuild Alabama funds, the new gas tax, to take care of some of that, of course we can’t do everything at once, it would take upwards of $70 million dollars to fix everything,” Clayton said.
Clayton explained, there is a portion of County Road 95 from Highway 84 to the train tracks, that did not get paved when the state was paving, and in 2012 the County took over that road from the state.
“On a scale from 1- 10 they are about a 5, they aren’t the best they aren’t the worst. We used to have the best roads in the state,” Local farm owner Ansley Whatley said.
Whatley says the county road has a lot of wear and tear from heavy vehicles and equipment.
“They’re are some potholes but there is a lot of farm equipment and farm trucks running up and down these roads and heavy stuff going up to the papermill over here, there’s just a lot of traffic on the road, a lot of heavy traffic.”
The Houston county road engineers want to assure residents they are doing what they can to fix roads, starting with those that need the most attention first.