The rains have seemed to stop and the long, hot days of summer has set in, as it does every year in Southwest Oklahoma. Comanche County has met the criteria for a burn ban which the Board put into effect on the 9th of this month. The ban will be in effect for 30 days.
Welding, cutting torches, and grinding is allowed when 10 feet away from a combustible surface and a welding blanket is used. Also the wind speed must be less than 20 mph and a fire watcher posted with a pressurized water or fire extinguisher.
Outdoor campfires or bonfires are prohibited, but gas and charcoal fired cooking outside in a grilling receptacle is permitted, provided that the activity is conducted over a non-flammable surface or at least five feet from flammable vegetation.
The road building crew finished oil and chipping Red Elk and Tinney Roads. They are finishing up a short stretch on Big Bow Road and will be moving to New Hope Road next week.
The crew hauled dirt to the Fairgrounds for the Grand National Horsemen Association 2012 finals. Several hundred families and their horses attended the event for a week of fun and competition and it has a good economic impact on the City of Lawton.
I want to start out by thanking everyone for honoring the Comanche County burn ban. Due to the lack of precipitation and the continuing hot and dry conditions, this move was made to benefit everyone.
This week, road crews will be chipping Bishop Road and 75th Street, while working east. The crews will also work towards chipping Devine, Woodlawn and Tinney Roads.
Please exercise caution while traveling these roads and use a detour if at all possible.
We will continue to keep you posted on current road construction.
The weather has made our road crews job more difficult, as they have had to maintain roads rather than progress on them. But, the rain has been a good thing for many people in this county.
This week, the crews will be working on 90th Street and Baseline Road, as well as Baseline Road and Flower Mound Road (working north one mile on Flower Mound).
Work on the roads began with priming earlier in the week, before moving on to the oil-and-chip process later in the week.
Please exercise caution on these roads and be aware of "Fresh Oil" signs. Our preferred speed limit, both for your safety and the roads themselves, is 15 mph.
Don Hawthorne, County Commissioner District 3
The periodic rains over the past month have kept the road grader crews busy maintaining the roads. Also the high winds this month have caused the trees that died from last year’s drought to fall into the road ways. So the crews have been alert to identify and remove them before they cause problems.
The rains have also slowed our oiling and chipping and have put us behind schedule. The crew did finish Gore Blvd. between Post Oak Rd. and Timber Lane Rd. Also completed was Post Oak Rd. from Lee Blvd to Coombs Rd. We have completed Elm Street in Cache between 8th and just past 5th Streets. Per our agreement with the City of Cache, we will redo 2nd, 3rd, Walnut, Pecan, and D Circle Streets before the summer is over.
I have been contacted by several people about a burn ban, and particularly a ban on fireworks. When the Legislature passed the law delegating the burn ban authority to the County Commissioners they established a set criteria that had to be met before a ban could be imposed. Comanche County has yet to meet that criteria.
Road Crews will continue work this week in east Lawton. The crews will continue the oil-and-chip process on Baseline Road (from Flower Mound Road to 75th Street), while also working on Flower Mound Road (from Baseline Road to Tinney Road).
Next week, the crews will work on 45th Street (South to Baseline Road), while working there way out to Devine Road.
Per our ususal request, please avoid these roads while the crews are in the oil-and-chip process. The longer the oil can sit undistrubed, the stronger the final product. If a detour is not feasible, please slow down to 15 mph while on the marked roads. "Fresh Oil" signs will be posted in the areas drivers need to exercise caution.
We will continue to keep you updated on the progress.
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