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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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District 3: Road & Bridge Report (June 2011)

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The May rains were welcomed and have allowed us to start grading roads. The grader operators have started working their assigned areas, beginning with roads most traveled.  There was some flooding in the Chattanooga area, which required some additional road material to repair damage caused by water running over the road. The heavy rains also gave us an opportunity to see which tinhorns needed to be cleaned out.  Of course, with rain comes the grass and we have also started mowing.

As part of the FEMA project, we have started the “redo” of Big Bow Rd, from Old Cache Rd to a half-mile south of Coombs Rd, as well as Chibitty Rd, from Tackle Box Rd north to McIntosh Rd.  We have scarified the old blacktop to work it into the base, reshaped the bar ditches and replaced some of the old tinhorns that were damaged.  We have also put in new tinhorns for the landowners who wanted to purchase them.  These roads were topped off with a layer of 1 ½” gravel to prevent it from getting slick when it rains.  As I said last month, this material will become part of the base when we chip-and-seal it later this summer.

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District 3: Road & Bridge Report (Apr 2011)

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While running for office, I said that I wanted to be transparent and one of the ideas was to publish a monthly road and bridge report.  In keeping with that commitment here is the first one.

We received a bridge inspection report from an engineering company on our bridges.  All passed inspection; however, we did do some minor maintenance on three.  Blue Canyon and 7 Sisters bridges are on the Meers-Porter Hill Road, and the other bridge is on the Comanche-Caddo Line Rd. These structures were sound, but the problem was scouring on the downstream side and was fixed by filling it with large rocks.  (An item of interest, the 7 Sisters Bridge was built in 1915, which is a testament to our forefathers engineering skills.)

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