Over the last few weeks District 2 employees have been working industriously to restore roadways after the bad weather events of late February. We have been trucking in rock and shale to re-establish road base in the worst areas and our graders have been covering as many miles as possible. I appreciate members of the public who have been in contact with me and my office to help update us on the condition of roads.
Over the last four years it has been my goal to get roads in as good a condition as our limited income will allow so that recovery time from bad weather will be as quick as possible. This includes devoting as much time as we can to grading, establishing drainage and road base, repairing/replacing bridges, and paving when funds are available to do so.
When I first took office, a system was implemented to maintain a computer record of all the work which we do. This is the means we use to verify that requests from citizens have been addressed. It is also a way to track our work so that we can continue to improve efficiency. Over the last four years our employees have generated 9,185 work records.
Another way in which we are working to be efficient is in regard to the equipment we use. In Dec. 2012, we signed a lease/purchase contract with Warren Cat of Oklahoma City for four new road graders. By trading in our 2007 graders and renegotiating lease/purchase agreements at a lower interest rate, we will be paying less in monthly payments. We have been assured that the new graders will also save on fuel. Since they are new, there should also be fewer repairs. All of these savings will increase available funds in our maintenance and operations account. This is the fund we use for purchasing materials to improve roads and bridges.
The University bridge just east of Midwest is now open to traffic. This bridge is the first of its kind in Logan County and is composed of concrete spans manufactured in Miami, OK. Cost is about 30% less than similar bridges built in the past and was re-opened in about half the time. Finish work is still underway and asphalting of this short section should be completed soon. To see before and after pictures of this bridge go to http://commissiondistrict2.com/cVwddZ.pdf