“The Western Loop, Pojo Road in Springtown and FM Road 1187 in Aledo were the only bond projects [we committed to],” he said, “All the other ones the court said if the money’s available.”
Maddux Road did go out for bids, Riley said, and the bids came in around $1.4 million — “too high for a road of that traffic count.” In addition, the low bidder had been “slow” managing past projects, he said.
“We discussed and rejected it in open court,” he said.
“The road needs repair,” Riley said. “The matter is how much money should be put on a road that has mostly pass-through, rather than local, traffic.”
The court has authorized engineering firm Freese and Nichols to come up with a prioritized list of projects countywide, he said, and Maddux Road will be considered as part of that.
‘We will look at how to approach it,” he said, “whether the commissioner does it or [the court] hires it done.”
Peacock will do a traffic count of the road, he said.