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Road and Bridge Report;District 3 (Nov 2014)


District 3:  Road and Bridge Report
Don Hawthorne, County Commissioner District 3
Since the long slow rain that we had this past month caused the roads to get soft, we put out gravel in a number of places to firm them up.  And the grader crew spent a considerable amount of time getting our gravel roads back into shape. 
Before the rain our extended dry weather caused the clay soil we have in most of southwest Oklahoma to shift, resulting in cracks forming in some of our asphalt roads. In the winter when water gets into those areas, and it freezes, it will cause the asphalt to break up.  So we rented the crack sealer again to put down rubber sealant to prevent that from happening. 
The Meers-Porterhill Road overlay project is completed.  This was a cooperative venture between the Comanche Nation and Comanche County, District 3 to put a 2-inch overlay on Meers-Porterhill Road from State Highway 58 to U.S. 277.  This road was in need of repair and this improvement made it a safer road to travel.  We very much appreciate the relationship we have with the Comanche Nation.
The ice and snow that occurred last month caused us to get out the sanding trucks on Sunday night and early Monday morning to ensure that our citizens would have a safer commute.
Representatives from the Oklahoma Emergency Management Office were at the County Barn office this past week working on the close out for funding we received from the FEMA declared disaster for the 2009-10 ice storm. The total amount of funds that were allotted was $3,147,771.61, of which we were advanced $1,633,618.30.  After we have completed the closeout audits, we should receive a total of $ 1,514,152.30.
Last month we reported that District 3 contributed 800 of the 1,630 cans collected in the County’s United Way food drive, and we were awarded the winning prize of a steak dinner on the 25th of November. United Way Coordinator, Lindsey Billen coordinated the meal and had her dad Jerry Krasser doing the cooking. Venius Matthys owner and editor of The County Times furnished the potatoes. The dinner was enjoyed and appreciated by all of the employees of District 3.
Beginning on December 18, 2014, the District 3 Barn will be closed until January 5, 2015. If an emergency occurs, such as a snow or ice event, a crew will be called out to sand intersections and bridges.  Otherwise, it is a good time for the crew to use their accrued leave & comp time.  We wish each of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 


Road and Bridge Report: District 1 (August 2014)


Eastern District road and bridge crew are working in the Watts Road area this week. We will be ripping up the road between Tony Creek Road and Kleemen Road. Upon complettion, crews will go back and chip are of the ripped roads in the area. 

Once again, thank you for your patience as we continue to work to improve roads in the county. 


Road and Bridge Report: District 3 (July 2014)




This is the first Road and Bridge report since the Primary election and I want to thank folks for their support, confidence, and for allowing me to serve another term. 

The road crew and support staff of the District 3 County Barn have just completed their well-deserved summer vacation break, and are now back to work full time.   

 Before the break the road crew oiled and chipped three miles of McClung Road from State Highway 58 to Shroyer Road. We also completed the mile of Paradise Valley Drive north of Meers-Porterhill Road and the mile of Crater Creek Road from Coombs to Woodlawn.

We have gone out for bids to do a 2 inch overlay on the Meers-Porterhill Road.  The funding for this project is provided by the Comanche Nation Transportation Department.  We appreciate our fine working relationship with the Comanche Nation and the cooperative projects we are able to complete together. 

The crew re-cycled a mile of Holsey Acres Road from Big Bow Road to Bandy Road and 2nd Street and Wildflower Subdivision in the City of Cache. We have yet to recycle Holsey Acres Road from Old Cache Road to Big Bow, but do plan that soon. The re-cycled roads in Holsey Acres and 2nd Street in Cache will be oiled and chipped later this summer.

A section of Indiahoma Road near the cemetery was recycled and repaired.  The road crew is currently oil and chipping 2 miles of Streets in Chattanooga.



Road and Bridge Report: District 1 (June 2014)


This week we are working to continue chipping in the Edgewater Park area, while also applying the second layer on Little Bear Loop. We hope to finish the area this week, weather permitting.


Road and Bridge Report: District 1 (May 2014 Part 2)


Road work continues in District 1 this week, as crews continue priming Lakeside. Upon completion, work will begin on Glover Road and Little Bear Loop. The roads will be oily and sticky, so we are encouraging drivers to please proceed slowly for your own safety. 

Recycling is also expected to begin on Cache Road this week, weather permitting. It will be repaired withing two to four weeks, depending on the weather and strength of the base. 


Please pay attention to signs and crews in the roads. As always, thank you for your patience. 


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