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District 3: Road & Bridge Report (Dec 2011)

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We have continued to work on Tinney Road, between 97th and 112th streets.  This month we have cleaned the bar ditches so the water can drain away from the road, thus making it last longer. The road base is ready to be oiled and chipped next spring when the weather warms.

Cobb Engineering completed the bridge inspection for District 3.  We have 133 bridges in our district and 97.5% of them passed without need of maintenance. The remainder needs some degree of maintenance to ensure their continued safe use. It might be surprising to know that two of the earliest bridges were built in 1915.  Quite a number were constructed in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Must have been boring football games Thanksgiving weekend because we had a rash of road signs knocked down and/or stolen.  In September, the Board of County Commissioners approved a reward of $1,000.00 for information and/or evidence leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone stealing or defacing county road signs.  People convicted of stealing or vandalizing county property can be ordered by the court to pay the county for the cost of any rewards granted concerning the defendant’s case.

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District 3: Road & Bridge Report (Nov 2011)

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Throughout every month, I attend a variety of functions.  One I want to particularly draw your attention to is the Cache C.A.S.T.L.E. After School Program.  On November 15, I attended their program honoring our military moms and dads.  These 2nd – 5th graders did an outstanding job honoring our service men and women and their families. I would urge you to lend your support to this program.  It helps keep kids safe and healthy, inspires learning and supports working families.  I believe it is extremely important for all of us to maintain functions that support our kids and grandkids in such a positive manner.

In District 3, the rains we have received have allowed us to continue to grade and work on the roads.  After the tough summer which took its’ toll on them, it will take a lot of work and time to get them back into shape again.

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District 3: Road & Bridge Report (Oct 2011)

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The good rain we received this month put enough moisture down to allow us to start grading some of the roads and bringing them back into shape for the winter.

As I mentioned before, the extremely hot summer has been hard on all of our roads, especially the graveled ones.  It has caused the clay that binds the road together to break down and the traffic then blows it off of the road leaving the exposed rocks and allowing the loose rocks to form washboards.

Lately, the county has had a rash of road signs stolen.  This prompted the Board of County Commissioners to establish a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone stealing signs. Besides the cost of replacement, stealing road signs, particularly stop or warning signs, can create a dangerous condition.  The number to report the information is 580.429.3217.

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District 3: Road & Bridge Report (Sept 2011)

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The Ferguson House fire, as it has become to be known, tested our men and resources.  District 3 Road Foreman Kenny Kinder and 10 of the guys spent most of their three-day holiday weekend providing support for firefighters as they struggled to gain control of the runaway fire which spread rapidly over some 40,000 acres and burned 11 homes.

In addition to four (4) graders cutting fire breaks, District 3 had an 8,600 gallon water tanker to replenish fire department’s brush trucks and tankers.  We also had a fuel truck to refill water pumps and gasoline/diesel trucks. Our service truck repaired flat tires and we used three (3) truck tires from our own stock to put on fire trucks to keep them operational and in the field.

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District 3: Road & Bridge Report (Aug 2011)

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Road_workHot and dry weather is still a big factor in what we can do to the roads.  Our concern, too, is the long term affect of severe dryness on oil and chipped improved and gravel roads.  Cracks caused by the lack of ground moisture allow water to seep into the road surface and base.  This causes deterioration when it freezes in winter.

As part of the FEMA (reimbursement and mitigation) project, we have scarified and reshaped one-half mile of Red Elk Road, from Bishop Road going south.  We will oil and chip it later this summer after we have some traffic on it, and hopefully some rain, to determine if there are any bad spots. We did not make it to Deyo Mission Road as I reported last month, but we are stockpiling the material and will get to it soon.

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