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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. 





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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