District 1’s road building crew is back on the ground and has begun work east of Lawton today, May 21, 2012, beginning the oil-and-chip process on county roads, weather permitting.
Today, the crew will be working on Bishop Road (from 45th Street to 60th Street) and 60th Street (from Bishop Road to Coombs Road). Tomorrow the work will be extended on Bishop Road out to 75th Street, while continuing work up to two miles south on 60th Street.
The continual rains this past month have kept the road maintenance crews busy. The northeast part of our district received approximately five inches of rain causing us to do some major work where the roads washed out.
The spring rains and warm weather started the grass and weeds to grow with increased vigor and we are currently mowing the primary routes. This fast growth has caused us to mow them twice to make them look neat. We also have a crew spraying the bridges and intersections with weed killer chemicals. Later we will go back over them in order to clean them up.
Warmer weather has allowed us to start oiling and chipping roads which were prepared last year. We have completed First St. in the City of Cache, and Indiahoma St. in the town of Indiahoma. Bigbow Rd. from old Cache Rd. to Coombs Rd. will be finished by the end of the month. The road building crew is presently working its way eastward across the southern end of the District before moving to the north side.
The District 3 crew spent a lot of time during road maintenance after the rains we had around the first of the month and now with the heavy rainfall they are back out check and getting them back in order.
The road building crew got Post Oak Road redone from Lee Blvd south to Bishop Road, and the road base was built up and ready to be resurfaced this summer sometime. The rest of the road is in pretty good shape. However, there are some places we are going to try to patch the edges that are breaking off causing the road to narrow.
The town of Faxon requested us to patch some pot holes in their streets and we hauled in some gravel to for the parking lot around their Community Center.
With the rain and snow this month, the guys will be getting their roads back into shape. We have over 600 miles of roads in District 3 and about two thirds of them are gravel. It will take some time to get over all of them, but they all will be graded.
We are still working on getting the funding for 112th Street. I have met with ODOT Commissioner Brad Burgess and Brent Copeland, Plant Manager of Goodyear. We are ready to request Industrial Access Program funds from ODOT. The first step of the request process was completed at the Commissioner’s Board Meeting held on February 13th when the board approved a resolution allowing me to submit the 112th proposal to ODOT.
We hope all of you have had a terrific start to your New Year.
Comanche County District 3 is in full force after the holidays and we are thankful there were no wildfires, snow or ice storms.
Our road building crew recycled and reshaped the roadbed on Big Bow Road, between Rogers Lane and Holsey Road. When the weather warms we can oil and chip it, as well as Big Bow Road, from old Cache Road south to the dead end past Coombs Road, that we got ready last fall.
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