Karnes County receives generous gift to improve one of its county roads.
Polk Operating, LLC, announced last week that is had donated recycled materials to rebuild a portion of County Road 240 in Karnes County.
Polk has a facility in Karnes that processes oilfield waste into products that can be repurposed. The company was able to create a recycled road base for the County Road 240 project, which eliminates the need to bury thousands of tons of natural resources into a landfill and potentially saved the county hundreds of thousands of dollars
All across the Eagle Ford, oil and gas activity has left a mess of the county roads system. Poor road conditions, increased traffic and heavy equipment brought on by the oil boom have contributed to the unsafe conditions.
In March, TxDOT began a new initiative to address these issues state-wide in hopes to provide safety enhancements on roadways across the state’s energy regions. TxDOT says it needs to spend $569 million to improve Eagle Ford roadways, including:
- Strengthening pavement structures
- Adding shoulders to protect pavement edges
- Adding turn lanes at key intersections
- Constructing passing lanes on Super 2 corridors