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Road and Bridge Report: District 3 (March 2014)


We were glad to get the ½ inch of rain recently, but we all are well aware that much more is needed to break this long drought.  According to a recent report, we have a deficiency of over 50 inches of rainfall during the last 7 years. 

I mentioned last month that we had 35 bridges out of 133 that were identified as needing some type of maintenance to keep them serviceable. The crew has repaired about half of those on the list, including replacing the wing wall on the bridge on old Cache Road where it passes under the railroad tracks.

We received the final bridge inspection report on the five truss bridges that we have in District 3.  All except one were determined to be in safe condition.  The only one that rated a poor condition was over Medicine Creek at Medicine Park.  That rating was due to the condition of the deck.  This bridge is in the Town of Medicine Park, but the County has responsibility for inspections.  We have notified the City officials in Medicine Park. 

We have been clearing out dead trees and limbs upstream from bridges to ensure the creeks and draws can handle high water, with hope the rains will come this spring.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation gave the County the beams from the I-44 overpass.  The beams are over 50 feet long and can be used in future bridge projects.

On March 10, 2014, the ODOT Commission approved $960,000 for the paving of Phase 2, which is the north end of the 112th Street project. The road crew has completely recycled the asphalt and we have acquired the needed right of ways.  The engineers will be meeting with the utilities companies concerning those that need to be moved.

At the request of the Fire Chief of the Paradise Valley Fire Department, we added gravel to their driveway from where a water meter had been removed.

The construction has begun by H K Builders, Inc. on putting a bridge on Gore Blvd. between Paint and Airport Roads to replace the low water crossing on Boulder Creek.  The total cost of the project is $692,000 and completion date is the 1st of June, depending upon the weather.

The road crew has recycled the old black top on 197th Road from State Highway 36 to Coffee Road.  This road is on our list to oil and chip this summer.

The bar ditches were cleaned on 197th Road between Woodland and Coombs Roads.  This was done to improve drainage and move the water away from the roadway. 

With a fleet of trucks, graders, backhoes and loaders, it takes a lot of work to keep them serviced and running properly.  Wayne Cassell, and Kenneth Roach are the dedicated mechanics that we depend on to see to it that all the equipment is in tip top running order.  We appreciate being able to depend on these two guys to get the job done!

 If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or you may phone the Courthouse or County Barn.


Road and Bridge Report: District 3 (Feb 2014)


The holidays are behind us, and we are looking forward to a productive year in 2014.   The crew took their vacations, and we were glad to not have to ask them back on to the job for any weather related emergencies. 

Road Foreman, Kenny Kinder, and a number of guys worked Super Bowl Sunday clearing the snow from roads.  Some of the roads received large amounts of traffic before they could be plowed, and they turned to ice making it difficult to clear off.  But the crew did a good job - hauled lots of sand, plowed lots of roads and made the roads as safe as they could. 

The ice storm last month caused some damage to sections of about 20 miles of District 3 roads.  Road Foreman Kenny Kinder, FEMA Coordinator Debbie McDonald and I met with representatives from FEMA and Oklahoma Emergency Management to determine if we qualify for assistance to repair this damage.  The economic damage has to reach a threshold dollar amount for us to qualify.  We will be informed of their decision later. 



Road and Bridge Report: District 1 Jan. 2014 pt 2)


Hope everyone is getting 2014 started out the right way, and continuing to pursue those New Year's resolutions. The weather has limited the work road crews in the district can proceed with, but it doesn't mean we have slowed down. Crews have been working in a number of areas withing the district, cleaning out ditches and removing debris, as well as other routine mainenance. If we missed any in your area, please call 580-492-4328.

Tin horns are also being placed at the intersection of Cache Road and Bethel Road to improve conditions.

As always, please pay attention to signs and crews in the roads. Thank you for your continued patience!


Road and Bridge Report: District 3 January 2014)


This past month snow, sleet and ice have occupied our time.  We estimate that during the last storm, we used over 500 tons of sand.  Much time was spent cleaning off bridges of an accumulation of ice and sand. 

At the request of Medicine Park officials, we sanded the major streets and hauled several loads of sand for them to use where needed.

We have purchased additional sanders from ODOT.  This will double our capability to sand roads and bridges during snow and ice weather conditions.

We rented a crack sealer to fill in the cracks that had developed in our asphalt roads due to drought conditions. We were particularly concerned about a number of cracks that had developed in the new portion of Lee Blvd.  By filling the cracks, it will prevent water from getting into the cracks and causing further damage to the road when it freezes. 



Road and Bridge Report: District 1 (Jan. 2014 pt.1)


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I truly hope all of you enjoyed the time spent with family over the holidays, I know I did. 

Distrcit 1 road crews will be working on clearing debris in the district until at least Friday. Due to the ice and wind, there are many downed limbs and brush blocking road ways. 

If there is anything debris on the roads in your area, please let us know at 580.492.4328.


Thank you and have a great week!


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