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Road and Bridge Report: District 3 (June 2013)

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Our office space, an addition to the County barn, was finished this past month and we finally are all moved in.   As soon as we get settled, we are planning an open house.   

Summer has set in and the grass has started to grow at a rapid rate.  The mowing crews have begun mowing their territories.  The bridge guard railings have been sprayed with weed killer. The intersections that had trees and shrubs blocking the view of oncoming traffic were trimmed back.

The rains this month have slowed getting the roads that are scheduled to be redone.  The road crew finished preparing Stoney Point Road and is now working on Tackle Box Road and will move on to Four Mile Road and also we are widening a narrow bridge on Four Mile Road north of Tackle Box intersection.  There have been several fatalities at the bridge through the years.

With the warm temperatures, we plan to start oiling and chipping the roads that were prepared this past winter.  As of now, we plan to start with Post Oak Road and work our way east to Crater Creek Road and Paint Road and then move to the roads in the northern part of the District to include Stoney Point, Tackle Box and Four Mile roads.

After several meetings with Lawton engineers and Cobb Engineering, the final engineer’s plan and design for Phase 1 of the 112th Street project has been approved by the Comanche County Board of County Commissioners and the Lawton City Council.  We have had a meeting with the utilities companies and they should have their part done by July 17.  The construction of Phase 1 of 112th Street from Lee Blvd to the Railroad tracks will begin on June 17.  This portion of the road will be closed to traffic during construction.

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Road and Bridge Report: District 1 (June 2013 pt. 1)

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It seems as though the wet stuff has subsided for now, allowing the opportunity for our crews to begin the oil and chip process on a number of primed roads. The main focus this week will be in four areas: Ranger Estates, 60th Street, 75th Street and Coombs Road.

Crews will begin the week working in Ranger Estates, before moving onto a stretch of 60th from Bishop Road to Highway 7.

The week will wrap up with work on 75th Street, working from Bishop to Highway 7, as well as work on Coombs, from 90th heading west.

 

 

Road and Bridge Report: District 1 (May 2013 pt. 2)

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While the rain we have been receiving is much needed, it has slowed down progress with our road crews. This week, we will be ripping up King Road, east of Tony Creek - mainly in the areas where water has washed out the road. We will also be working in the area of Pond Lane, heading east. The next task for the week will be applying the overlay on Miller Road. 

All of this will be weather permitting. In the event we do receive more rain, crews will continue to go over recycled roads with more water and gravel to continue to keep the foundation hard prior to the overlay. As the weather begins to heat up, we will aggressively begin the oil and chip process.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to improve the county roads. Please pay attention to warning signs and be aware of crews on the roads. 

 
 

Road and Bridge Report: District 1 (May 2013 pt.1)

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After some much needed rain, road crews in District 1 are back to work. Last week, the team ripped from Oklahoma 277 to Watts Road early in the week and finished out the week ripping on 75th Street on Cleeman, heading from North Drive to Wolfe Road.

This week, weather permitting, crews will begin ripping and recycling from Watts Road to North Drive. Work will continue on the north side of Elgin, working east and west.

Thank you for your continued patience as we work to improve the roads in the district. Just a reminder ... the roads are being ripped now, covered with gravel, and will be oiled and chipped this summer. Please pay attention to road signs for your safety and the safety of workers on the roads. 

 

Road and Bridge Report: District 3 (May 2013)

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And the rains came!  And when they did, the results were many of the bridges were clogged with limbs, logs and other debris.  The two-years of severe drought caused many trees to die and fall into the creeks and high water washed them down stopping up bridges causing flooding of many roads and also resulting in road damage.

The District 3 crew has spent the better part of two weeks cleaning out clogged bridges and burning the debris.  Had the bridges not been cleaned, the next heavy rains would have cause more flooding, road damage and possible loss of the bridge itself.

Flooding also occurred on Lee Blvd east of the Boulder Creek Bridge washing away the shoulder and undermining the new asphalt road surface. We used a cement mixture call "flowable fill" to reinforce the road and prevent damage in case future flooding occurs.

The road crew patched several bad spots on MeersPorterhill Road, and they graveled a stretch of Wolf Road.  The crew did finish preparing Post Oak Road between Bishop Road and the Post Oak Creek Bridge for oil and chipping this summer.

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