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. Although the bridge is in the Town of Medicine Park, 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.
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 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.
Another month with little rainfall, however the grass is beginning to grow and we have started our mowing operations.
The road crew has continued to prepare roads to be oil and chipped this summer. They have recycled the road surface on two miles of McClung Road between State Highway 59 and Shroyer Road. This is the last of our FEMA funded roads.
We have been working on funds to do a 2 inch overlay on the Meers-Porterhill Road which is classified as a major collector and did not qualify for FEMA funds. The total cost of this project would be about one million dollars.
We also have Crater Creek Road between Coombs and Woodlawn Roads, Chattanooga’s Cemetery Road, and Paradise Valley Road north of Meers-Porterhill Road prepared and ready to oil & chip.
The crew will next move to Holsey Acres Road from Old Cache Road to Bandy Road and 2nd Street in the City of Cache.
H.K. Builders have started the bridge on Boulder Creek at Gore Blvd. Construction is almost half completed. They should be finished by the first of July.
Several of our crew worked at the Fair Grounds hauling off woodchips that was used in the stock show. Once the wood chips are used for such an event, it has so much manure and trash in it that it has to be hauled off.
Road crews have plans this week, weather permitting, to oil and chip Tony Creek Road, from Wolf Road to Watts Road. The road will be closed for for a couple of days to allow the crews to safely work in the area. This closing could potentially begin as early as today or tomorrow. Please pay close attention to road signs in the area.
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