District 2: Projects likely to be extended years into the future

District 2: Projects likely to be extended years into the future

A meeting with ODOT at the BoCC meeting Friday, May 15, will go over the county’s priorities on the CIRB 5-year plan. At this time we do not know how much will be left in CIRB.

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The Appropriations Committees and the Governor’s office are struggling with a $611 million under funded budget.  The funds for CIRB in the state’s account are on the plate for consideration to meet this shortfall. What is at stake for us in District 2 are 15 miles of asphalt roads and 5 bridges on our 5 year plan. This legislative driven change in CIRB will likely require projects to be extended years into the future.

Two and a half miles of Charter Oak and another 2 1/2 miles of Simmons roads were to be engineered this fiscal year (by June 30). Their projected cost was for simple asphalt replacement. Now the rules have changed and these projects must meet federal regulations even though the funding comes from our state Motor Vehicle Use Tax (CIRB). The 10 miles of Luther Rd from Waterloo to Hwy 105, 6 miles of which has completed engineering, is also in jeopardy. This changes the cost of these projects from about $400,000/mile to about $2 million/mile requiring the acquisition of another 60ft of Right of Way. ODOT has placed these engineering contracts on hold till we reevalute how to pay for these added requirements.

The new Guthrie Public School on Charter Oak east of Douglas may begin construction in 2017 to address the escalating population growth in under 10 y/o children in the south. It will, I believe, be the first public school built outside an incorporated town or city in Logan County since statehood.

The Rural Water D1 waterline supplying the new Loves truckstop with drinking water has been completed to the Hwy 33/105 junction. To finish the 10 mile contract, all the damage to our easements must be addressed. With the hard rainfalls we received on Wednesday, May 6, some damage to our roads occurred. The contracting company’s new facility in Tuttle was destroyed by a tornado the same day. Yet they were fixing our road damage by 9 am that morning. They promise this setback will not slow them down.

The repaving of Green Oaks Way and Cedar Ln was delayed by new state required paperwork from the paving contractor’s bonding company. Our pre-work conference is scheduled for Friday, May 15. After that, it will be up to the contractor as to how soon it will be repaved. Funding comes from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

After HB1148 was signed into law this week, Commissioner Ray Vaughn, Oklahoma County District 1, and I have started preliminary negotiations on the emergency replacement of Waterloo Rd from I-35 to Anderson. Preliminary estimated cost is $380,000 per mile using both counties’ funds. Using state CIRB and/or federal STP funding grants (if accepted on a 5 year plan, 6 year minimum timeframe), the estimate is $5 million per mile.

Remember that we have a trash rolloff for all that unwanted furniture, appliances and junk that is free for all Logan County residents’ (non commercial) use.

Our phones are your way of notifying us of road conditions. Do not count on “someone else” to keep us informed. We will respond as soon as we are able. Our office is 282-3405 and my cell is 405-650-0384. Our email is commissiondistrict2@gmail.com.

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