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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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District 3: Road & Bridge Report (July 2011)

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The big event for us this past month was the Medicine Park fire. Road Foreman Kenny Kinder and a number of the guys responded on the Thursday evening the fire jumped State Highway 49 off Ft. Sill.  They worked until 7:00 a.m. the next morning.  At 8:30 a.m., the Medicine Park Mayor called for our grader again and the crew went back to provide support after little or no sleep and worked until 5:00 p.m. when they were released.

Dist_3_Med_Pk_FireIn addition to the grader, we had our 8,000 gallon water tanker and a fuel truck to provide water and fuel to the firefighters.  The Volunteer Fire Departments and other Fire Departments did an outstanding job in containing the fire and preventing it from doing more damage than it did.

Earlier in the month, Medicine Park asked us to reopen a road, Merry Circle Rd, which was established when the town was platted in the early 1900’s.  Mark Barefoot spent over a week on the dozer working on the road.   During the fire it became a fire break, and the newly opened road was credited in saving downtown Medicine Park.

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