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District 3: Road and Bridge Report

Don Hawthorne, County Commissioner

 

Because winter is upon us, and the past several winters have been fairly mild, we have not used much sand. However, several weeks ago we renewed our stock pile of sand and Road Foreman Kenny Kinder, mechanic Wayne Cassell, and the crew had the sand trucks loaded in the warm barn and ready to roll for the past weekend snow.

T&G Construction, Inc. was the low bidder on our Meers-Porter Hill Road project; they will be laying down a 2-inch asphalt overlay. Our road crew has spent the past several weeks repairing the bad spots which will make the road smoother after the overlay is put down. This project will start at Meers and end at S.H. 58. The Comanche Nation Transportation Department will reimburse the County for the cost.

We appreciate Director Adrian Tehauno and his staff for their cooperation in funding these important projects that will make for better roads for all the citizens of Comanche County.

Kenny and I also met with the Comanche Nation Transportation Director, Adrian Tehauno, and his staff, and the mayors and superintendents of Indiahoma/Indiahoma PS and Chattanooga/Chattanooga PS regarding the paving of roads and parking lots around the schools. These and other schools in the County, and adjacent counties, will be part of the Comanche Nation's 3-5 year plan.

We had the final close out inspection of the bridge on Airport Road. There are a number of items, including putting up the fence, still to be done. This bridge was scheduled to be built in 2016, but there were delays in getting approval from BIA to acquire more right of way, change order, weather, and contractor delays. Had the bridge been completed on schedule in July, we had planned to resurface Airport Road from Cache Road to Lee Blvd.

Several months ago, we had the final close out on the bridge over Post Oak Creek on Bishop Road. However, the heavy rains last month revealed a drainage problem from the adjacent land causing the road to flood. We met with the bridge engineer and ODOT to address the problem and develop a solution. Because the bridge construction was under the projected cost, some of the additional cost will be covered from those funds.

The road crew recycled Woodlawn Road between 82nd and 67th Streets. This road was oiled and chipped because of the traffic to the golf course. Because it is no longer in business, the road will now remain gravel. The crew also recycled a half mile of Post Oak Road south of Tinney Road. This will be oiled and chipped next summer.

We graded the road going to the parking lot at the Field House and we hauled a load of sand to the Indiahoma FFA show barn. We also removed dirt from the Fairground's Coliseum after the recent stock show.

This is my last report. I am thankful for the dedicated and skilled men and women who work at the District 3 County Barn and for their hard work. I have enjoyed my associations with the other elected officials and others who carry out their responsibilities at the courthouse. I appreciate the assistance and help of the Comanche Nation Department of Transportation, ODOT engineers, and the Circuit Engineer District 6 coordinators. I am truly blessed by the many friendships I have made over the last eight years. It has been a great experience! Thanks for the ride.

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

 

When the work is outside, weather is always a factor. Maybe that goes without saying, but it is the truth when it comes to county road work. This summer has been crazy, going from drought to hard and then soaking rains, putting mowing, grading, and construction behind.

T&G Construction was the low bidder and completed the 2” asphalt overlay of 8th Street in Cache from US 62 to Cache Road, and the 3” overlay of Indiahoma Road from US 62 to Show Place Avenue in Indiahoma. The County did the road preparation work and the Comanche Nation Department of Transportation (CNDOT) funded the overlay. Director Adrian Tehauno and his staff are great to work with, and fund projects that the County could not have afforded.

The CNDOT also funded the oil and chipping of Indiahoma Road from Coombs Road to Baseline Road. On this project the tribe paid for the materials and the County funded the road base work and putting down the materials.

We are currently working with the CNDOT to do a 2” asphalt overlay of four miles of Meers-Porter Hill Road from SH 58 to SH 115 at Meers. Several years ago they paid for the 2” overlay from Porter Hill to SH 58 which covered 7 miles. Once completed, this will put a new surface on the 11 miles from Meers to Porter Hill and is another project that could not have been funded without the good cooperation with Director Tehauno and his staff.

The County road crew recycled the roadway and worked the bar ditches on Woodlawn Road from Crater Road to 115. After we let the traffic on it over the summer, the crew oiled and chipped the road.

The bridge over Boulder Creek on Airport Road, that was started this spring and was scheduled to be completed by the first of July, has been completed. The “road closed” signs have been taken down and traffic is beginning to use the road; however, as of this writing, the striping and putting down grass sod has not been done.

The bridge over Post Oak Creek that replaced the low water crossing on Bishop Road has also been completed. The contractor has to come back and do some final work on drainage problems. The bridge is open to through traffic.

In Cache, the road crew recycled and oiled and chipped 3rd and 4th Streets between C and B Avenues, and Ash and Cherry Avenues between 6th and 5th Streets. The City paid for the materials and the County provided the equipment and labor.

Progress continues on replacing the old truss bridge over West Cache Creek, west of Cache. The basic design has been completed and the engineer had a company collect core samples to determine the depth of the pilings. We have met with the utility companies to find out which ones need to be relocated. A company has been hired to study the environmental impact of the bridge. The construction is scheduled for 2021.

The road crew did some road repair work in Wichita Mtn. Estates and Pecan Valley South. We rented a sweeper attachment for our skid steer to pick up the loose gravel in Pecan Valley South from previous oil and chip projects in that area.

Due to the number of accidents at the intersection at Deyo Mission Road and Lee Blvd, we put up stop signs with red flashing LED lights in hopes that drivers will heed the traffic sign.

We bought the materials for a 30’ x 100’ shed and some of the crew erected it. It will be used to put some of the equipment under so they will be protected when not in use.  

We removed the dirt from the Expo Building at the fair grounds that was used for National Horse play days and the dirt from the Coliseum from the Long Horn Breeder’s Association show. Lately, District 1 puts dirt in and District 3 removes it.

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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