Lawrence Malone

After damaging several roads while performing maintenance, Oncor Electric will reimburse the county for the cost of the repairs, which will total $487,436.

“They were out doing some work, but they did it while it was raining, and the trucks were so heavy, it cut ruts into the road,” Precinct 1 Commissioner Lawrence Malone said. “It’s been a nightmare for drivers on those roads.”

Work on repairs has already begun, with gravel being laid in places over blacktop, but more work needs to be done, including some areas of repaving. Progress has been delayed, Malone said, due to the recent rain.

The county needs to haul gravel out of roughly five miles of ditches and repaving needs to be done over about five miles of blacktop.

Malone said the county considered using contractors to complete the road repairs, but ultimately decided it would be quicker for the county road crews to perform the repairs.

“It’s our prerogative to get these roads back and usable as quickly as possible,” he said. “It’s been an inconvenience for people and some people have gotten very upset.”

Work should be completed by the end of July.

Malone said Oncor agreed to reimburse the county for the repairs, and Malone said this does not affect his view of the company.

“Oncor is good to work with, and they do good work for the most part,” he said.

The main roads that were damaged are CR 12200, CR 12500, CR 12300, CR 12650, CR 12530 and CR 12390. Malone said some damage was dealt to CR 13500 as well, but not as much as the other six.

The first roads to be repaired will likely be CR 12530 and CR 12200, as those two have the most traffic.

“I just want the public to be patient and know that we’re working to get this done as quickly as possible,” Malone said.

Tommy Culkin is a staff writer for The Paris News. He can be reached at 903-785-6972 or at tommy.culkin@theparisnews.com.

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