Dist #3 Road and Bridge Report



District 3:  Road and Bridge Report

Don Hawthorne, County Commissioner District 3


The past two months brought us four snow and ice events: February 16, 23, 27-28 and March 3-4-5.  I want to thank Foreman Kenny Kinder and the guys who got out early and stayed on the job late to sand the major intersections and bridges.  We received several requests from Medicine Park to sand their streets also.

The road crew has been working on Indiahoma Road preparing it for oil and chipping this summer.  We will be resurfacing it from Lee Blvd. to Coombs Road.  We replaced four very old concrete culvert cross drains with new tinhorns, which will make the road wider and safer.

We have 10 road projects that we plan to oil and chip this summer.  We may add one or two additional ones, if time permits. 

We continue to work with CEC Engineers on the streets on the east side of the City of Cache.  To establish the scope of the project, we ask T&G Construction to core sample several locations to let us know what kind of base and how thick the asphalt is on the streets.  This will determine the costs.  A three party agreement has been signed with the City of Cache, Comanche Nation and the County. Part of this agreement includes Airport Road from Cache Road north to the dead end. 

112th Street status:  The aggregate and asphalt surface has been laid.  In order to accommodate the truck traffic, there were 8 inches of rock aggregate and 7 inches of asphalt. Depending on the weather, the sod in the ditches should be laid in the next couple of weeks.  Lawton has to put one head wall to a cross drain and stripe the road yet.  A ribbon cutting has been scheduled for April 24th at 11:00 a.m. at the Goodyear west gate.

Since the Cache Road and 112th Street intersection is very dark, we have been working with the City of Lawton and Councilwoman Cherry Phillips to install a street light to make it safer.  The cost will be shared between the City and County.

We had a plan-in-hand meeting with ODOT, CEC Engineering, and a CED engineer to replace the bridge on Airport Road just south of Cache Road. The new bridge may require buying additional right of way and utilities to be moved.

With the rains and warm weather, the grass is starting to grow.  We are getting the mowing machines ready to start taking care of the roadways.  We will be spraying the intersections and bridge areas with herbicides to kill the grass and weeds and make for better visibility.

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 Courthouse or County Barn and I will return your call.

You can access this report monthly on the county web site as well as the County Times. The official web site www.comanchecounty.us is maintained by the Comanche County Public Information Office.



Dist #3 Road and Bridge Report



District 3:  Road and Bridge Report
Don Hawthorne, County Commissioner District 3
Holiday leave is over and it’s been back to work catching up on getting roads back into shape.  Of the four years I’ve been in office, we have had snow and/or ice over the Christmas Holidays each year.  We sanded hills, bridges and intersections.  Even though the snow and ice did not stay long, we did make it safer for morning travelers.
Road Forman, Kenny Kinder and I met with leaders from the Comanche Nation Transportation Department concerning resurfacing streets on the east side of Cache.  At our latest meeting, the engineer from CEC Engineering met with us to discuss design and project costs.  The work on the streets will begin later this coming summer.
Responding to a concern about the entrance into Neugebauer Acres, the crew put in a wider tinhorn, removed loose gravel, and graded the road so it would drain better.
At the request of the Town of Faxon, we patched their streets and we are recycling 2nd Street in Chattanooga, at their request.  The street will be resurfaced later this year.  We also hauled a load of screenings for the Town of Medicine Park.
The drought has been hard on our roads, particularly those that are asphalt.  We have rented a crack sealing machine and have had a crew working most of the winter filling cracks.   This prevents water from getting to them, freezing and causing more damage. Job Corp Road was our latest repair and crack seal project.
Working with local schools, we hauled a load of screenings to the Chattanooga FFA barn, and a load of special “Choctaw Mix” dirt for the Cache baseball diamond infield.
We worked our first fire of the new year by providing a motor grader to cut fire breaks at a wildfire northwest of Indiahoma.  The dry grass, low humidity, and strong winds is the perfect formula for serious wildfires.  If these conditions continue, the County will have to impose a burn ban.  Even without a burn ban, residents of Comanche County need to be very careful when burning outside.
112th Street status: We have finish preparing the sup grade, and T & G Construction is putting down 8 inches of aggregate and once this is all down, they will lay 7 inches of asphalt. After the road surface is down, we will finish the bar ditches and pull the dirt up to the road grade.  We are currently advertizing for bids to have the sod laid on the bare surfaces.
Kenny and I met with Pecan Valley North Homeowners Association to discuss speed limits on Cache Road, repair to their streets, and drainage problems.  We are working in Pecan Valley South to repair bad spots in their streets.
You can access this report monthly on the county web site as well as the County Times. The official web site www.comanchecounty.us is maintained by the Comanche County Public Information Office.



Road and Bridge Report;District 3 (Nov 2014)


District 3:  Road and Bridge Report
Don Hawthorne, County Commissioner District 3
Since the long slow rain that we had this past month caused the roads to get soft, we put out gravel in a number of places to firm them up.  And the grader crew spent a considerable amount of time getting our gravel roads back into shape. 
Before the rain our extended dry weather caused the clay soil we have in most of southwest Oklahoma to shift, resulting in cracks forming in some of our asphalt roads. In the winter when water gets into those areas, and it freezes, it will cause the asphalt to break up.  So we rented the crack sealer again to put down rubber sealant to prevent that from happening. 
The Meers-Porterhill Road overlay project is completed.  This was a cooperative venture between the Comanche Nation and Comanche County, District 3 to put a 2-inch overlay on Meers-Porterhill Road from State Highway 58 to U.S. 277.  This road was in need of repair and this improvement made it a safer road to travel.  We very much appreciate the relationship we have with the Comanche Nation.
The ice and snow that occurred last month caused us to get out the sanding trucks on Sunday night and early Monday morning to ensure that our citizens would have a safer commute.
Representatives from the Oklahoma Emergency Management Office were at the County Barn office this past week working on the close out for funding we received from the FEMA declared disaster for the 2009-10 ice storm. The total amount of funds that were allotted was $3,147,771.61, of which we were advanced $1,633,618.30.  After we have completed the closeout audits, we should receive a total of $ 1,514,152.30.
Last month we reported that District 3 contributed 800 of the 1,630 cans collected in the County’s United Way food drive, and we were awarded the winning prize of a steak dinner on the 25th of November. United Way Coordinator, Lindsey Billen coordinated the meal and had her dad Jerry Krasser doing the cooking. Venius Matthys owner and editor of The County Times furnished the potatoes. The dinner was enjoyed and appreciated by all of the employees of District 3.
Beginning on December 18, 2014, the District 3 Barn will be closed until January 5, 2015. If an emergency occurs, such as a snow or ice event, a crew will be called out to sand intersections and bridges.  Otherwise, it is a good time for the crew to use their accrued leave & comp time.  We wish each of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 


Road and Bridge Report: District 1 (August 2014)


Eastern District road and bridge crew are working in the Watts Road area this week. We will be ripping up the road between Tony Creek Road and Kleemen Road. Upon complettion, crews will go back and chip are of the ripped roads in the area. 

Once again, thank you for your patience as we continue to work to improve roads in the county. 


Road and Bridge Report: District 3 (July 2014)




This is the first Road and Bridge report since the Primary election and I want to thank folks for their support, confidence, and for allowing me to serve another term. 

The road crew and support staff of the District 3 County Barn have just completed their well-deserved summer vacation break, and are now back to work full time.   

 Before the break the road crew oiled and chipped three miles of McClung Road from State Highway 58 to Shroyer Road. We also completed the mile of Paradise Valley Drive north of Meers-Porterhill Road and the mile of Crater Creek Road from Coombs to Woodlawn.

We have gone out for bids to do a 2 inch overlay on the Meers-Porterhill Road.  The funding for this project is provided by the Comanche Nation Transportation Department.  We appreciate our fine working relationship with the Comanche Nation and the cooperative projects we are able to complete together. 

The crew re-cycled a mile of Holsey Acres Road from Big Bow Road to Bandy Road and 2nd Street and Wildflower Subdivision in the City of Cache. We have yet to recycle Holsey Acres Road from Old Cache Road to Big Bow, but do plan that soon. The re-cycled roads in Holsey Acres and 2nd Street in Cache will be oiled and chipped later this summer.

A section of Indiahoma Road near the cemetery was recycled and repaired.  The road crew is currently oil and chipping 2 miles of Streets in Chattanooga.



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