With the rain and snow this month, the guys will be getting their roads back into shape. We have over 600 miles of roads in District 3 and about two thirds of them are gravel. It will take some time to get over all of them, but they all will be graded.
We are still working on getting the funding for 112th Street. I have met with ODOT Commissioner Brad Burgess and Brent Copeland, Plant Manager of Goodyear. We are ready to request Industrial Access Program funds from ODOT. The first step of the request process was completed at the Commissioner’s Board Meeting held on February 13th when the board approved a resolution allowing me to submit the 112th proposal to ODOT.
We hope all of you have had a terrific start to your New Year.
Comanche County District 3 is in full force after the holidays and we are thankful there were no wildfires, snow or ice storms.
Our road building crew recycled and reshaped the roadbed on Big Bow Road, between Rogers Lane and Holsey Road. When the weather warms we can oil and chip it, as well as Big Bow Road, from old Cache Road south to the dead end past Coombs Road, that we got ready last fall.
Our District 1 top priority, as is most citizens in eastern Comanche County, is to complete the Trail Road project as soon as possible. We hope to receive a letter from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) over the next few days which will state we can move forward with the project. We certainly appreciate Comanche Nation and the BIA for covering the majority of cost for this project, as they have done for several projects over the past few years. Without their help, this major project wouldn’t have been possible.
Although the wait to receive funding and approval to complete Trail Road has taken much longer than expected, there are some good things which have come from waiting,
We have continued to work on Tinney Road, between 97th and 112th streets. This month we have cleaned the bar ditches so the water can drain away from the road, thus making it last longer. The road base is ready to be oiled and chipped next spring when the weather warms.
Cobb Engineering completed the bridge inspection for District 3. We have 133 bridges in our district and 97.5% of them passed without need of maintenance. The remainder needs some degree of maintenance to ensure their continued safe use. It might be surprising to know that two of the earliest bridges were built in 1915. Quite a number were constructed in the 1930’s and 1940’s.
Must have been boring football games Thanksgiving weekend because we had a rash of road signs knocked down and/or stolen. In September, the Board of County Commissioners approved a reward of $1,000.00 for information and/or evidence leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone stealing or defacing county road signs. People convicted of stealing or vandalizing county property can be ordered by the court to pay the county for the cost of any rewards granted concerning the defendant’s case.
Throughout every month, I attend a variety of functions. One I want to particularly draw your attention to is the Cache C.A.S.T.L.E. After School Program. On November 15, I attended their program honoring our military moms and dads. These 2nd – 5th graders did an outstanding job honoring our service men and women and their families. I would urge you to lend your support to this program. It helps keep kids safe and healthy, inspires learning and supports working families. I believe it is extremely important for all of us to maintain functions that support our kids and grandkids in such a positive manner.
In District 3, the rains we have received have allowed us to continue to grade and work on the roads. After the tough summer which took its’ toll on them, it will take a lot of work and time to get them back into shape again.
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