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District #3 April Road & Bridge Report

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And the rains came! And did they ever! We went to bed one night and the next morning the ponds were nearly full. Who would have thought? The rains came and about the time the guys had the roads back in shape, we would get another good one, and do it all over again.

 

We lost a lot of road material when the ditches could not carry the amount of water we would get all at once, and it would run over the road. We also lost two big tin horns. One across Pecan Road between 97th and 112th Streets and one on Meers-Porter Hill Road between 277 and 287 Roads. The tin horns cannot be installed when a foot or so of water is running through. Therefore, we have had to keep those roads closed until water recedes.

 

Before the rains started, the road crew worked on getting Airport Road between Coombs and Pecan Roads ready to oil and chip. They have Paint Road starting at the railroad tracks going north to the Cache Cemetery to mill and get ready to oil and chip. We have about 12 miles of roads that are scheduled to be oil and chipped this summer.

 

We had the ribbon cutting ceremony for 112th Street this past month. The road is complete only lacking the establishment of sod on the north end where the rains washed it out. But that did not dampen the celebration of a major project that involved the State, County and City and we all felt a sense of pride in this project.

 

We responded to a request from the Town of Faxon officials to patch some of their streets and to furnish several loads of dirt on which to build a pad and a fire station. Chattanooga VFD has agree to put a substation in the Town of Faxon. Our road crew recycled and shaped several more streets in Chattanooga to be oiled and chipped at a later date.

 

We had a plan-in-hand meeting with CEC Engineering and a representative from the utilities company on our Boulder Creek Bridge project on Airport Road between Cache and Gore Roads. The environmental review is about completed and we have had the primary review of the bridge plans. The next step is to acquire the necessary easement and move the utilities. If all goes well construction will began next summer.

We helped out the fairgrounds by removing the woodchips from the coliseum following the stock show.

 

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 and I will return your call.

 

ADDEMDUM to the Road and Bridge Report

I had written the Road and Bridge Report Saturday morning, and my editor (a.k.a. wife) had reviewed it.

 

In the early evening, we were watching radar and noticed that even though it was not raining in Cache, it seemed to hang over the mountains, and we turned on the scanner and heard that Panther Creek and Buford Lake were flooding. My wife began to notify all the folks whose numbers we knew that lived along Cache Creek to warn them of the possibility of flood water.

 

Later in the evening, we began to hear that Shady Lane in Cache was flooding. I heard the Cache Fire Chief call dispatch requesting a front-end loader from Comanche County District 3  I called Road Forman Kenny Kinder, who had also heard the request and called Arnold Fischer, Flint Runyan, Mark Barefoot and Melvin Beeson to take the loaders to Shady Lane to see if they could help. Carl Mullins and Brad Jones also reported to the County Barn to see where they could help.

 

After the water started to subside, the loaders were used to clear the logs and other debris from Cache Road between Cache Creek and Rock Creek Bridges. In addition to rescuing a number of people with the front end loader from Shady Lane and Rock Creek, the guys also helped save a young girl who had been hanging in a tree limb over rushing water for over two hours.

 

Kenny and the crew got home about daylight, just in time to put on some dry clothes and we started getting phone calls about washed out and damaged roads.  The calls were coming in very fast and they were taking the time of the Road Forman. I asked Debbie McDonald and John Mark Fisher to set up a clearing house to receive calls and track road closures at the County Barn. I called dispatch to have the calls routed to the County Barn.

 

Kenny and 14 of our guys were out Sunday until about 6 or 7 in the evening working opening up roads and making the roads and bridges as safe as possible. They were out again Monday morning continuing to work on opening and fixing severely damaged and unsafe roads.

 

The County workers deserve a lot of credit. I have not worked with a more dedicated bunch of individuals, and I am proud to be associated with them.

 

Dist #3 Road and Bridge Report

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District 3:  Road and Bridge Report

Don Hawthorne, County Commissioner District 3

 

The past two months brought us four snow and ice events: February 16, 23, 27-28 and March 3-4-5.  I want to thank Foreman Kenny Kinder and the guys who got out early and stayed on the job late to sand the major intersections and bridges.  We received several requests from Medicine Park to sand their streets also.

The road crew has been working on Indiahoma Road preparing it for oil and chipping this summer.  We will be resurfacing it from Lee Blvd. to Coombs Road.  We replaced four very old concrete culvert cross drains with new tinhorns, which will make the road wider and safer.

We have 10 road projects that we plan to oil and chip this summer.  We may add one or two additional ones, if time permits. 

We continue to work with CEC Engineers on the streets on the east side of the City of Cache.  To establish the scope of the project, we ask T&G Construction to core sample several locations to let us know what kind of base and how thick the asphalt is on the streets.  This will determine the costs.  A three party agreement has been signed with the City of Cache, Comanche Nation and the County. Part of this agreement includes Airport Road from Cache Road north to the dead end. 

112th Street status:  The aggregate and asphalt surface has been laid.  In order to accommodate the truck traffic, there were 8 inches of rock aggregate and 7 inches of asphalt. Depending on the weather, the sod in the ditches should be laid in the next couple of weeks.  Lawton has to put one head wall to a cross drain and stripe the road yet.  A ribbon cutting has been scheduled for April 24th at 11:00 a.m. at the Goodyear west gate.

Since the Cache Road and 112th Street intersection is very dark, we have been working with the City of Lawton and Councilwoman Cherry Phillips to install a street light to make it safer.  The cost will be shared between the City and County.

We had a plan-in-hand meeting with ODOT, CEC Engineering, and a CED engineer to replace the bridge on Airport Road just south of Cache Road. The new bridge may require buying additional right of way and utilities to be moved.

With the rains and warm weather, the grass is starting to grow.  We are getting the mowing machines ready to start taking care of the roadways.  We will be spraying the intersections and bridge areas with herbicides to kill the grass and weeds and make for better visibility.

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 and I will return your call.

You can access this report monthly on the county web site as well as the County Times. The official web site www.comanchecounty.us is maintained by the Comanche County Public Information Office.

 

 

Dist #3 Road and Bridge Report

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District 3:  Road and Bridge Report
Don Hawthorne, County Commissioner District 3
 
Holiday leave is over and it’s been back to work catching up on getting roads back into shape.  Of the four years I’ve been in office, we have had snow and/or ice over the Christmas Holidays each year.  We sanded hills, bridges and intersections.  Even though the snow and ice did not stay long, we did make it safer for morning travelers.
 
Road Forman, Kenny Kinder and I met with leaders from the Comanche Nation Transportation Department concerning resurfacing streets on the east side of Cache.  At our latest meeting, the engineer from CEC Engineering met with us to discuss design and project costs.  The work on the streets will begin later this coming summer.
 
Responding to a concern about the entrance into Neugebauer Acres, the crew put in a wider tinhorn, removed loose gravel, and graded the road so it would drain better.
 
At the request of the Town of Faxon, we patched their streets and we are recycling 2nd Street in Chattanooga, at their request.  The street will be resurfaced later this year.  We also hauled a load of screenings for the Town of Medicine Park.
 
The drought has been hard on our roads, particularly those that are asphalt.  We have rented a crack sealing machine and have had a crew working most of the winter filling cracks.   This prevents water from getting to them, freezing and causing more damage. Job Corp Road was our latest repair and crack seal project.
 
Working with local schools, we hauled a load of screenings to the Chattanooga FFA barn, and a load of special “Choctaw Mix” dirt for the Cache baseball diamond infield.
 
We worked our first fire of the new year by providing a motor grader to cut fire breaks at a wildfire northwest of Indiahoma.  The dry grass, low humidity, and strong winds is the perfect formula for serious wildfires.  If these conditions continue, the County will have to impose a burn ban.  Even without a burn ban, residents of Comanche County need to be very careful when burning outside.
 
112th Street status: We have finish preparing the sup grade, and T & G Construction is putting down 8 inches of aggregate and once this is all down, they will lay 7 inches of asphalt. After the road surface is down, we will finish the bar ditches and pull the dirt up to the road grade.  We are currently advertizing for bids to have the sod laid on the bare surfaces.
 
Kenny and I met with Pecan Valley North Homeowners Association to discuss speed limits on Cache Road, repair to their streets, and drainage problems.  We are working in Pecan Valley South to repair bad spots in their streets.
 
 
You can access this report monthly on the county web site as well as the County Times. The official web site www.comanchecounty.us is maintained by the Comanche County Public Information Office.

 

 
 

Road and Bridge Report;District 3 (Nov 2014)

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District 3:  Road and Bridge Report
Don Hawthorne, County Commissioner District 3
 
Since the long slow rain that we had this past month caused the roads to get soft, we put out gravel in a number of places to firm them up.  And the grader crew spent a considerable amount of time getting our gravel roads back into shape. 
 
Before the rain our extended dry weather caused the clay soil we have in most of southwest Oklahoma to shift, resulting in cracks forming in some of our asphalt roads. In the winter when water gets into those areas, and it freezes, it will cause the asphalt to break up.  So we rented the crack sealer again to put down rubber sealant to prevent that from happening. 
 
The Meers-Porterhill Road overlay project is completed.  This was a cooperative venture between the Comanche Nation and Comanche County, District 3 to put a 2-inch overlay on Meers-Porterhill Road from State Highway 58 to U.S. 277.  This road was in need of repair and this improvement made it a safer road to travel.  We very much appreciate the relationship we have with the Comanche Nation.
 
The ice and snow that occurred last month caused us to get out the sanding trucks on Sunday night and early Monday morning to ensure that our citizens would have a safer commute.
 
Representatives from the Oklahoma Emergency Management Office were at the County Barn office this past week working on the close out for funding we received from the FEMA declared disaster for the 2009-10 ice storm. The total amount of funds that were allotted was $3,147,771.61, of which we were advanced $1,633,618.30.  After we have completed the closeout audits, we should receive a total of $ 1,514,152.30.
 
Last month we reported that District 3 contributed 800 of the 1,630 cans collected in the County’s United Way food drive, and we were awarded the winning prize of a steak dinner on the 25th of November. United Way Coordinator, Lindsey Billen coordinated the meal and had her dad Jerry Krasser doing the cooking. Venius Matthys owner and editor of The County Times furnished the potatoes. The dinner was enjoyed and appreciated by all of the employees of District 3.
 
Beginning on December 18, 2014, the District 3 Barn will be closed until January 5, 2015. If an emergency occurs, such as a snow or ice event, a crew will be called out to sand intersections and bridges.  Otherwise, it is a good time for the crew to use their accrued leave & comp time.  We wish each of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 
 

 

Road and Bridge Report: District 1 (August 2014)

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Eastern District road and bridge crew are working in the Watts Road area this week. We will be ripping up the road between Tony Creek Road and Kleemen Road. Upon complettion, crews will go back and chip are of the ripped roads in the area. 

Once again, thank you for your patience as we continue to work to improve roads in the county. 

 
 
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