During the winter months we have been performing preliminary work toward repaving Midwest Blvd. between Forrest Hills and Charter Oak as weather and other critical needs have allowed. We completed the process of clearing trees from right-of-way, reshaping ditches, hauling off excess dirt and are in the process of grinding up the old chip-seal surface.
We have also started the process for paving Simmons Rd. starting at Douglas Blvd. and proceeding west 6/10 of a mile. This project is being partly financed by Phillips 66, who donated $205,000 to the county. While the county will do most of the work to prepare the road for paving, the donation will pay for 6” of asphalt and the replacement of a bridge structure.
We have also replaced a bridge structure on Choctaw Rd. south of Charter Oak with a 9’ x 40’ steel culvert. The old structure has been in such bad repair that county equipment had to detour around it in order to maintain Choctaw. We are now able to take trucks and graders across the bridge to repair and maintain the roadway.
With the approach of more moderate weather, we will be able to return to paving preparations on Midwest and Simmons, patching potholes, reshaping dirt roads and stabilizing the base with shale and gravel.
In past updates I wrote about the solid waste cleanup program in which we have participated. This program enables us to provide a dumpster for public use free of charge. There is still enough funding from the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma to continue this service for several more weeks.
The dumpster is located at the District 2 county shop at 1550 N. Midwest Blvd. and is available to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mon. through Fri., except for holidays. If you need to come on Saturday, you can make an appointment by calling the office at 282-3405 or my cell phone at 650-0384. The dumpster is available for solid waste only. Items which will not be accepted include garbage (any kind of food or vegetation), hazardous materials, appliances containing Freon, and rubber tires and liquids.