Lubbock County Property Owners Get A Thumbs Up To Pave Their Own Roads - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/14/07

Lubbock County Property Owners Get A Thumbs Up To Pave Their Own Roads

A program to allow property owners to pay to pave their own roads is now official.

Wednesday morning, commissioners approved the Lubbock County Road Improvement Donation Policy. As we told you, last month, it is a pay to pave type program. In addition, commissioners say it is a way to help make improvements that the county just cannot afford.

"Ten dollars from every registered automobile is what goes toward road maintenance and of that, it just doesn't go very far," said Lubbock County Commissioner Bill McCay.

McCay adds that the population in the county is growing much faster than the funding.

The donation policy is a citizen driven program and while it will be an expensive task, we found some county residents already raising money to pave.

The Lubbock County Road Improvement Donation Policy is not even a day old. Yet Shallowater resident Sylvie Putman is already talking with neighbors to get this caliche road paved.

Putman said, "We're excited because we have most of that money raised."

 Putman and her husband live next door to relatives here on North County Road 1570. She says for the past two years, they have been working to get the support needed to fund paving the road.

 "We've spoke to the residents on our road they all seem happy and most of them are willing to donate money," Putman added.

The county estimates paving one mile of road to cost at least $250,000 dollars. However, because of the road improvement donation policy requirements that number can easily go up.

"That allows us to build drainage features or have drainage features built, have obstacles cleared from the road way and have a proper road bed built," Lubbock County Director of Public Works Nicholas Olenik said.

Yet Putman says she is not worried about raising the funds, just happy that the county now has guidelines to help them get their road paved.

"It's a hard process but it is workable and it's worth every bit," Putman said.

Olenik said, "The time line is really in their court. What we will do is we will provide direction, and we will provide documents for the easements. We can run the document through commissioners' court for acceptance."

Olenik told NewsChannel 11 citizen funded pave roads will be maintained just like others in the county.

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