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Minimal Funding Available For Substandard Travis Co. Roads

Updated: Wednesday, July 9 2014, 05:36 PM CDT

Take a drive through Deer Creek Ranch, a subdivision in Dripping Springs, and there's no question the roads are in need of some major repairs.

"Everyone's upset because people have roads that look like the far side of the moon," Patrice Carter said. 

Carter has lived off of Longhorn Skyway for 17 years. She is helping her neighborhood raise money to pave the roads.

Even though these are technically Travis County roads the county says it's not responsible for maintaining them. Subdivisions built more than 25 years ago weren't required to meet county road standards.

"Unfortunately it is not the responsibility of taking everyone's taxpayer funds and building roads that were never supposed to have been put in that way," Travis County Precinct Three Commissioner Gerald Daugherty said. 

For these situations the county sets aside a substandard roads fund, but it's not nearly enough money.

The neighbors are responsible for about 20 percent of the cost. For the Longhorn Skyway community that means raising about $70,000 just to pave the main road that connects Travis and Hays counties.

Once the roads are paved up to county standards the county will than step in and maintain them.

"I would just like them to be safe, that's to me the most important thing, people can drive through here and children can ride their bicycles without getting thrown off the road by a pothole," Carter said.

By Rachel Kent

Minimal Funding Available For Substandard Travis Co. Roads

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