In District 2, much hard work has been put into two major projects over the last few months, and we are glad to report that these jobs are nearly completed.
On December 14, 2012, the county was notified by the engineering firm which inspects Logan County bridges that a 107’ structure on Peebly, south of Triplett, was unsafe for public use and should be closed as soon as possible. Since closing this bridge would cut off area farmers from reaching their fields south of the bridge and one family home, we began searching for a solution.
Repairing the bridge was not feasible due to costs, and funds certainly were not available to replace the bridge. The only option left was to open the wooded, mile section of Camp between Luther and Peebly. In July, District 2 received $20,000 in a division of monies from the Circuit Engineering District of which the county is a member. This money was used to rent a dozer and buy culverts needed for the project. After notifying landowners and completing a survey, dirt work began July 8. A total of 454 man-hours were used to clear a path and reshape the landscape into a roadway using the rented dozer, the county’s dozer, trackhoe and road grader. Only a few final tasks remain to be completed and then the road will be ready for public use.
The repaving of Douglas from Waterloo to Forrest Hills, which was funded by federal and state money at no cost to the county, is also near completion. We appreciate the patience of the many motorists who had to use Douglas during the construction phase. The delay of waiting for a pilot car when in a hurry can be frustrating, but safety was a high priority of Haskell Lemon Construction Company and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in their oversight of the project.
Having Douglas repaved will not only benefit those who live in that area, but others in District 2 as well. The money which we had been using frequently to repair disintegrating parts of the roadway to provide safety for 4,451 daily vehicles can now be used for other areas of the district.
To view before and after pictures of these two projects, go to http://bit.ly/GZFURk
There are other projects in the process which we will be writing about in the near future.