It has been a busy but productive month for us as we get ready to end the year 2012. I believe we have accomplished a lot and look forward to 2013.
Our 10-wheel dump truck fleet has got some age on it, so we took bids for a good used one and received two good bids, so we decided to purchase both of them. Also, we applied for a revolving fund grant from ODOT and we received word this past week that we were granted $381,000 to buy three new 10-wheel dump trucks, which will be going out for bid soon. This will improve our dump-truck fleet.
Elk Creek Loop, off of Bishop Road had been partially chipped several years ago and had deteriorated beyond repair. The road crew dug out the soft spots and replaced it with 4-inch gravel to stabilize the base for the winter.
We were called upon to clear an area of play ground equipment at Cache Schools so the contractor could begin the new addition to the Intermediate building.
The hot temperatures of the summer have caused more roads to buckle, particularly on Cache Road. Forman Kenny Kinder had the guys take the Bomag recycler to grind off the high spots to make the road smoother.
An accident on the Rock Creek Bridge on Cache Road destroyed the guard rail. We completely replaced the south side guard rail and repainted it.
Every year an engineering company inspects our bridges to rate their structural integrity. There were 5 bridges out of the 135 in the Western District that require minor maintenance to prevent further deterioration.
The two summers of extreme drought has caused a number of trees to die in our right of ways. This creates a hazard if they were to fall on to a roadway. To make tree trimming saver, we purchased a bucket truck for them to use when they need to get to high places to do the work.
I hope everyone had a great time during Thanksgiving spending time with friends and family. It is always a great time to reflect on the many things we are thankful for in our lives.
One of those things is a dedicated road crew. This month, crews have been working restlessly to complete Whitfield Road, while also expanding work in other areas. Last week, crews fixed King Road, under the overpass, while also cleaning up on 180th Street.
This week crews will be working on a three-mile stretch of 150th Street, south of Oklahoma 17. The road will be prepared for the oil-and-chip process, which will take place early next spring or summer.
Watts Road, west of Tony Creek Road, will have larger tin horns added this week to allow for more water to flow through during times of heavy rain. As it currently sits, the road is easily flooded, up to three feet, when the lake backs up.
Please pay attention to road signs and respect the workers on scene by traveling at or under the work zone speed limit. Thank you for your patience.
The recent cold weather has slowed down some of the process on the roads in District 1; however, despite the weather, crews will be out working this week in two areas.
Road crews will be working on Mountain View, preparing to begin the chipping process, weather permitting.
Work will also continue on Whitfield Road. Last week, crews recycled and chipped a number of areas. This week, they will attempt an asphalt overlay on certain areas, again, only if the weather permits.
Thank you for your patience and please pay attention to signs and workers in the road. Be safe!
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The warm weather, along with a few rain showers, has caused the grass to continue to grow and as a result the mowing crews are getting the last cut in before the onset of winter.
We have finished redoing five streets in Cache that were scheduled for this year. The City has told us they will be requesting additional streets, which will be put on next year’s schedule.
We recycled the existing street surface on N.W. Pecan Valley Dr. and N.W. Valley Ridge Dr. in the Pecan Valley North Addition. Also, the bad spots on N.W. Forest Lane have been dug out and patched. Those streets will be oiled and chipped. When these streets were originally put in they were not done with a good road base nor was there adequate drainage. The road crew had to take out over 100 tons of dirt and put in 200 tons of rock before the road would set up under the packing machine and allow it to be chipped. The extra work caused this project to take longer than was planned.
We helped Indiahoma with their semi-annual cleanup day. Four dump trucks were assigned to this task and in two days hauled off 37 loads of trash, old furniture and limbs.
With weather finally on our side, road crews began the work on Whitfield Road this week. Crews began work on the first mile north of Sterling. Crews will be working north, closing stretches of the roads in increments while they are worked on.
While working on Whitfield, crews will be recyclying the bad areas and applying asphalt overlays to the areas that do not need to be recycled.
Please be aware of crews on the road and pay attention to all traffic signs. As always, thank you for your patience as we complete this project.
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