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District 3:  Road and Bridge Report

Don Hawthorne, County Commissioner District 3

 

The late summer has kept us busy mowing. At the same time, we prepared for winter by stock piling over 500 tons of sand.

With the cooler temperatures, we have ended our road resurfacing for the year.  The late rainy season delayed our getting started.  We did oil and chip on a mile of New Hope, a mile of Coombs, a mile of Paint Rd. by the Cache Cemetery, and 2.5 miles in Pecan Valley South.

The guys did a major repair project on Meers-Porter Hill Road just east of Meers. The road had deteriorated to a point where large portions had to be replaced.  To move the water from under the roadway a French drain was placed down before the new asphalt was laid.

At the request of the City of Cache, we patched and then did an oil and chip overlay on Oak and Mountain View Streets, and oiled and chipped 4th Street from Elm to Oak Streets.  We also patched streets in Indiahoma at their request.

We tried a new technique call Scrub Seal on Indiahoma Road from U.S. 62 north to the refuge gate.  The oil used in this process is infused with latex and a set of brooms are pulled behind the oil distributor truck.  The purpose of the brooms is to push the oil into and fill the cracks.  Then a layer of 3/8” chips are laid down and rolled.  This will extend the life of this asphalt road.

We had a bridge on Logue Chapel Road near the Faxon Cemetery that had caused us some concern because it had been settling.  The bridge was built in early Statehood and had narrow concrete guardrails that would not allow the passage of larger, modern day farm equipment.  We hired CEC Engineering to do a hydrology study to determine what could be used to replace it.  They recommended a 10’ tinhorn.

Old railroad tank cars with the ends cut out and the wheels removed are available, and sometimes used, where a large tinhorn is needed.  The guys took out the old bridge and installed the 10’ tank car.  In addition to being faster to install, the cost was considerably less.  The tank car cost $10,000. Whereas, a replacement bridge would have cost over $60,000 to build, and the road would have been closed for a longer period.

We are making progress on replacing the bridge on Airport Road.  The additional right of way on the east side has been acquired, and we were fortunate that all the utilities are on the east side and have been relocated to accommodate the new bridge.  We are tentatively scheduled for an April letting of the construction contract, provided that the right of way on the west side can be acquired.

We had a Plan-in-Hand meeting with the engineers and ODOT for the bridge that will replace the low water crossing at Post Oak Creek on Bishop Road.  The construction of the bridge is scheduled for 2018.

At the request of the Emergency Manager, we improved the road going to the County’s repeater tower located on Big Rock Mountain near Medicine Park. The crew also cut down the tall grass that surrounded it to prevent damage in case of a fire.

We continue to help the City, towns and schools in the Western District. We moved some cement blocks for Cache’s Fall Fest, dug the holes in the Cache City park for the new playground equipment, cut down the shoulders on 8th St. between H Ave. and Oak Ave. to allow the water to drain off of the roadway, removed a side walk for the Chatty School, built a road to the Cache School’s Ag barn, hauled a load of sand for a Cache School playground, and hauled several loads of gravel to the Medicine Park Aquarium.

I met with Brad Burgess, ODOT Transportation Commissioner, Mitch Surrett and Jay Earp of ODOT and Jennifer Ellis, Medicine Park Trustee, concerning the one lane bridge in Medicine Park.  The County agreed to do the repairs that are needed for it to remain safe and useable. The ODOT representatives will work with Ellis to secure a grant to refurbish the bridge. 

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 County Barn at 580-429-3217, or the Courthouse office at 580-353-3717. 

 

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District 3:  Road and Bridge Report

Don Hawthorne, County Commissioner District 3

We continue to work on the roads and bridges to bring them back into shape after the spring rains.  It is amazing how much debris washes down the creeks and how fast grass grows when we have good rains. It’s hard to keep up with only 3 mowers in the District. 

The road crew oiled and chipped Paint Road by the Cache Cemetery and G Avenue in Cache and New Hope Road between 112th Street and Hurst Road. We also plan to oil and chip Coombs between 112th Street and 82nd Street and if time permits before the weather gets too cool, we will recycle McIntosh Road from State Highway 58 to Chibitty Road. 

The Comanche Nation Transportation director has contacted us about oil and chipping Maddiasche Road from McIntosh to the dead end.  By agreement with the tribe, the materials are paid for out of the highway funds they receive from the BIA and we furnish the equipment and manpower.

The road crew is currently working in Pecan Valley South digging out bad spots and recycling portions of the roads and we will oil and chip them later this month.  The roads in this addition were poorly constructed without a proper base.  Also, the two garbage companies making two pick-ups a week with heavily loaded trucks continue to take a toll on these roads.

We are patching a number of spots on Meers Porterhill Road between SH 115 and 58.  There are springs under some spots that make it hard to hold the road surface.  The crew has installed French Drains to see if the water can be drained off from under the road surface.

Through the years there have been a number of accidents and three deaths at the intersection of Deyo Mission and Cache Road.  After the last accident we installed a stop sign that has red LED lights that are powered by a solar panel.  Those two signs cost approximately $3,000 plus the poles they are mounted on.

We entered into an agreement with USDA’s National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to put rip rap on Post Oak Creek to prevent further erosion in the creek bank on to Big Bow Road in Holsey Acres Subdivision.  The cost of this project was paid for by NRCS and we provided traffic control and a front end loader to move the rip rap and a dozer to clean up after the project was over.

Road Forman, Kenny Kinder and I met with Jay Earp the newly appointed District Engineer for District 7 regarding possible funding to put a new surface on 82nd Street from Lee Blvd to SH 36 (Baseline).  We also discussed the one lane bridge at Medicine Park that is need of repair or replacing.  Under State Statute the County Commissioners are authorized to assist small municipalities and schools. 

Since our last report we assisted Medicine Park by brooming the street before the week end festival and hauled them some rock; graded a portion of Walnut Street in Cache: hauled several loads of dirt to Cache School and moved dirt for Chattanooga School.

Two landowners wanted to put in new fences so we took the opportunity to clean out their fence lines which helped them and the county by improving drainage in the bar ditches on Wolf and 267 Roads.

 While mowing in the south part of the District, our mower operator found an artillery shell in the bar ditch.  This caused some excitement and the Ft. Sill demolition experts came and picked it up. 

The past two months I have spent quite a bit of time meeting individually with County officers and department heads to complete the County budget for fiscal year 2016-2017.  We have a budget that has met the amount of projected revenues, the Board of County Commissioners has approved it and I will be meeting with the Excise Board for their approval.  After that, the budget will then go to the State Auditor and Inspector for certification before it becomes official. 

 

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 County Barn at 580-429-3217 or the Courthouse office at 580-353-3717. 

 

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District 3: Road and Bridge Report
Don Hawthorne, County Commissioner District 3


All of the rain we have had the last two years have been great compared to the drought of the last few preceding years. But we continue to work to keep up with rain and flood damage and have gotten behind on mowing and oil and chipping the roads that are scheduled to be redone this summer. We will make every effort to catch up before winter weather.

The rains that caused road and bridge damage this year started on April 16th and went off and on through June 13th. We have lost track of how many times we have had to clear debris from bridges and culverts and to re-gravel and re-grade roads.

The worst damage this year was the bridge on Bandy Road where it crosses Big Sandy Creek. The south approach was washed out completely. It cost us an estimated $50,000 to repair it so the road could be opened.

The heavy rains washed out a set of three tin horns on Tinney Rd east of 52nd Street. After they were installed and the road way built up the rains on June 11 and 12 caused additional damage that had to be repaired. Also the June 11th rain storm flooded and washed asphalt off of the bridge at Maddische Road north of State Highway 49.

The low water crossing on Autumn Drive had to be repaired two times because of high water from the run off.

The Legislature, in order to pass a state budget took 1 million dollars from the ODOT equipment revolving fund, which we had used to buy 3 new Mack 10-wheeler dump trucks and a patch truck and took 50 million dollars from the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges (CIRB) Fund. This is a dedicated fund that was established some time ago to assist counties with building roads and bridges that most could not afford to do on their own. Comanche County has a number of outdated bridges that are on a 5-year plan to be replaced. This action by the Legislature may delay the replacement for 8 years.

We met with a representative from Oklahoma Emergency Management to survey our damage from the June 11th and 12th rains. This was a preliminary assessment to see if the County qualifies for FEMA assistance. Unfortunately it did not include the damage from all the rains that we received prior to that date.

The road crew is recycling roads getting them ready to oil and chip this summer. G Street between 1st & 2nd Streets in Cache, Paint Road from the railroad tracks north to Rogers Lane, New Hope from Hurst Rd to S.H. 36, Coombs Rd from 82nd to 112th St. and Havenshire Circle in Pecan Valley South. If time permits, we plan to do McIntosh Rd from S.H. 58 east for about a mile.

We took delivery of two 2017 International single axle dump trucks. One will replace the old patch truck and the other will be used with the backhoe. We also bought a flat bed low-boy trailer to haul our heavy equipment to job sites.

We hauled in dirt for Chattanooga School where they are making a playground out of a parking lot that was donated to them. We put millings from the City of Cache street project on the road by the Cache School’s elementary building where parent’s line up to pick up children and also hauled sand to a playground.

The guys hauled dirt into the Coliseum at the Comanche County Fairgrounds for an upcoming horse show, and we swept the shoulders of State Highway 115 from Cache to the Refuge for the Tour of the Wichita’s Bike Race.

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 County Barn at 580-429-3217.

 
 

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District 3:  Road and Bridge Report

Don Hawthorne, County Commissioner District 3

 

The rains that came this past weekend caused almost as much damage to the roads and bridges as last year’s May floods.  The Road Foreman Kenny Kinder, along with Dennis Long, Arnold Fisher, Flint Runyan, Melvin Beeson, James Morehead, and Tyler Fletcher spent most of the day Sunday, (17th) assessing the damage and putting up road blocks and barricades.

Our Administrative Assistant, Betty Berthold announced her retirement effective May 5th.  Betty has 35 years of service with Comanche County starting in 1981, working for the County Clerk and for the past 17 years, she has worked at the District 3 County Barn under Commissioners Larry Buchwald, Susan Ulrich, and me. She is well deserving of her retirement and we wish her good luck and happy days. 

The asphalting of the Cache streets east of 1st Street has been completed.  As mentioned before, this was a joint project involving Comanche County, City of Cache and the Comanche Nation Transportation Department.  The County provided the engineering and went through the bid process to select a contractor.  The City repaired the curb and gutter and replaced tinhorns, and the Tribe did the inspection and will reimburse the County for the contractor’s costs for laying the aggregate and asphalt.  A total of 2 miles of streets was replaced.

The road crew is recycling roads getting them ready to oil and chip this summer. Paint Road from the railroad tracks north to Rogers Lane, New Hope from Hurst Rd to S.H. 36, Coombs Rd from 82nd to 112th  St.  If time permits, McIntosh Rd from S.H. 58 east for about a mile.  An old wooden bridge was replaced on 4-Mile Road near the Caddo County line with two tinhorns. 

The accident on US 62 totaled the old dump truck used for patching.  So we went out for bids for one or more 2000 or newer single axle dump trucks.  The only used truck bids that was received did not meet our specs, so we selected the bid for two new 2017 International trucks.  One will replace the patch truck and the other will be used with the backhoe.  We will take delivery on them next month.

At the request of the Mayor of Faxon, we will haul off debris from the wind storm that caused considerable amount of damage in his town.  If the town folks will bring it to the curb, we will haul it to the dump.

As spring has set-in, the crew has been spraying herbicide on the bridge approaches and the intersections to improve visibility.   We are getting the mowers ready and will start mowing full time soon. We are proud of the two new John Deere tractors and mowers we bought last year.

The guys assisted the Comanche County Fairground by hauling off wood chips from a livestock show and loaning them our bucket truck to repair their flag pole.

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 County Barn at 580-4293217. 

 

 

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District 3:  Road and Bridge Report
Don Hawthorne, County Commissioner District 3
 
The first two months of the year have passed quickly and busily.  We responded to quite a lot of calls about trees down in the road ways and in, or near, right of ways.  This was due to the drought we experienced, and now strong winds are blowing them down.  
 
We have started to get some roads ready to be oil and chipped this summer. We have completed “G” Street between 1st and 2nd Streets in Cache.  This is part of a larger project that is in cooperation with the City and Comanche Nation Transportation Department.  Starting March 14th , T& G Construction will begin the resurfacing of the streets east of 1st Street.
 
We are currently preparing Paint Road from the railroad tracks north to Rogers Lane ready to be oil and chipped this summer.  We also recycled the street by the low income housing in Chattanooga.
 
We recycled Tennessee and 34th Streets near Lawton, but in our District.  We put in a tin horn and fixed the bar ditches so it will drain better.
 
Responding to a number of requests to put the center stripe on the bridges on Cache Road, we went out for bid.  The low bidder used a hand pushed striper with a string line.  As a result, the center lines aren’t very straight, but they are marked.  It was about a third of the cost of the bid for a machine striper, but we will most likely go with a machine striper next time for a better result.
 
We rented a crack sealer again this year to use on our asphalt roads.  Sealing the cracks extends the life of the roads, sealing out the water from getting down in the road surface and allowing the freezing temperature to then break up the asphalt.
 
At the request of the schools, we took several loads of gravel to the Indiahoma and Chatty FFA barns.  Some of our crew helped the Comanche County Fair Grounds with clearing out the dirt from the exhibition building following the horse and livestock shows and we hauled off the wood chips from the hog and goat shows.
 
The abandoned truss bridge over Sandy Creek on Holsey Acres Road was washed into the creek by the May 23 flood.  We salvaged it and sold it as scrap iron and got over $1,100 for it.  I tried to sell it a number of years ago and only got an $800 bid.  Now we have it out of the creek and a little money in our operating fund. 
 
We are continuing to work with FEMA and have most of the damage caused by the May 23rd flood repaired and have received reimbursement for most of it.  However, we are still working with them to try to close out the projects from the 2009 ice storm.  FEMA owes District 3 about $850,000 for the work done on damage related to that storm.
 
It has been tradition that the County digs the graves in the rural and small town cemeteries.  Since January 1, we have dug 15 graves.  There is no charge for this service, unless it falls on a weekend where we have to pay overtime.  The funeral home in charge contacts the County when this service is needed. 
 
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 County Barn at 580-429-3217. 

 

 
 
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