County roads costly to repair in Region 8

County roads costly to repair in Region 8

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT)- Jackson County officials are working to repair a list of county roads damaged from the heavy rain and flooding over the past few months.

County Judge Jeff Phillips told Region 8 News they have been working since April to repair these county roads. He said a majority of the roads are located on the lower end of Jackson County. Region 8 News visited one road east of Amagon off Hwy 14.

"We've had a lot of tiles that has been washed out or filled up with gravel," Phillips said. "We're having to go back through, dig all those out and fill in the washes with new gravel."

Road crews are still repairing road damage from the Spring rains. Phillips said this project will cost the county thousands of dollars.

"We're still working with FEMA right now as we speak on the first disaster and of course we got another disaster from a week ago," Phillips said. He said their biggest challenge is working around the weather.

"Not enough time in between rains is basically where we're at, and by the time we get started it starts raining again," he said. Phillip said it's important they complete this project as soon as they can.

"The farmers have got to get to the fields, the people has got to get to their homes, there is a lot of traffic on our county roads," he said. 

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