City of Midland Hopes Road Study Will Bring Road Repairs

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Cars and trucks of all sizes and big heavy oil trucks leave a wear and tear that shows on our roads.

Now a traffic study is on, spurred by Midland City Council Member Michael Trost, working with the county and the City of Midland Department of Transportation.

In six months, the study will help decide how best to repair the roads.

"It tells us the number of vehicles, the number of axles, the length of the vehicles and it gives us an idea of what we've got going through there," Trost said.

This study comes on the coattails of an April decision by the Texas Transportation Commission to give $40 million to state roads damaged by the expanding energy industry.

But this study focuses on local roads like Holiday Hill Road and Briarwood Avenue.

Some tearing on the roads may be blamed on trucks too heavy to be legal.

"We found that, through TxDOT, there's an awful lot of trucks that are probably overweight but aren't getting permits," Trost said.

Traffic numbers and types, future road expansions, even the $25,000 road repair agreements oil and gas companies pay, will all be under the microscope to make sure they are fair and equitable to the people.

"I get calls, E-mails. I know other councilmen do. Our roads are in terrible repair. This road. That road. We get specifics," Trost said. "I want to examine what roads they're mostly complaining about. Where are these and what traffic is on those roads?"