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District 3: Road and Bridge Report (April 2012)


The continual rains this past month have kept the road maintenance crews busy.  The northeast part of our district received approximately five inches of rain causing us to do some major work where the roads washed out.

The spring rains and warm weather started the grass and weeds to grow with increased vigor and we are currently mowing the primary routes.  This fast growth has caused us to mow them twice to make them look neat. We also have a crew spraying the bridges and intersections with weed killer chemicals.  Later we will go back over them in order to clean them up.

Warmer weather has allowed us to start oiling and chipping roads which were prepared last year.  We have completed First St. in the City of Cache, and Indiahoma St. in the town of Indiahoma.  Bigbow Rd.  from old Cache Rd. to Coombs Rd. will be finished by the end of the month.  The road building crew is presently working its way eastward across the southern end of the District before moving to the north side.

The county assisted the town of Indiahoma with their annual cleanup day.  Our crew spent a day and a half picking up trash which had been placed along the edge of town streets.  Indiahoma pays the dumping fee while the county provides the pickup and hauling of the discarded items.

We assisted the City of Cache, fixing the parking area at the City’s dog pound and hauled gravel to the City Park for the RV parking spaces.  The pot holes on Meyers Ln. were also repaired.

We have had a rash of vandalism on our road signs.  It may seem like a fun sport. However, people should remember defacing county road signs is a crime which we take seriously.  Besides costing the county road funds to replace them, it could cause accidents.   There is a $2,000 reward to anyone providing information which leads to a conviction. If you do have information on these crimes, please call the Sheriff’s Department at 580-353-4280, or the District three Commissioner’s office at 580-353-3717.

We have continued to help the town of Medicine Park with the road to their natural history museum. Mark Barefoot and Jamie Dorrell gave them some instruction on operation of a jack hammer mounted on a track hoe which the town rented to break up the big rocks. The town also purchased culverts through the county for the new road. Our trucks hauled gravel to cover them.

County crews spent a couple of weeks patching streets in Pecan Valley South.  Over the years, primarily the service truck traffic caused the streets to break down in a number of places.  These spots had to be cut out and base material replaced before being refinished off with asphalt.

We sent a request for Industrial Access funds to rework 112th St. from Lee Blvd to Cache Rd.   Brad Burgess, Oklahoma Department of Transportation Commissioner, set up a meeting for ODOT Secretary Gary Riddley and his staff, along with Bob Rose, ODOT Regional Engineer to have a look at the proposed project.  Brent Copeland, Plant Manager, provided a tour of the Lawton Goodyear Plant.  Since about a mile of the street is within the City of Lawton, the group met with Lawton Mayor Fred Fitch and City Manager Larry Mitchell.  I thought it was a positive meeting and County and City officials were asked for additional information for further consideration.

Lee Blvd status: The moving the utilities have been completed.  An invitation to bid on the road construction has been advertised.  The award is expected to be made May 7th during the ODOT Transportation Commission’s monthly meeting.  After it has been awarded, the construction will begin within 90 days.

You can access this report monthly at the county website, as well as The County Times.  The official website @ www.comanchecounty.us is maintained by the Public Information Officer for the County.   You can contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions or comments.