On Friday afternoon about 3:30 p.m., Jackson County District 1 county road employees closed SCR 206 between ECR 161 and 162, north of the north gate of the Altus Air Force Base due to a washed out tin horn.
County Commissioner Marty Clinton said “the road was closed and were attempting to remove drivers from usage .”
Saturday morning they started to dig up the culvert and the tin partially collapsed, which put a slight setback in the completion of the project. The road was re-opened by 1 p.m. Sunday.
The cost of the pipe repaired was $3,000 not including county labor cost. The project will still need concrete and to be closed for an additional day. The estimated cost on the concrete is $1500.
When the state makes transportation budget cuts, it affects county road projects like these.
The Jackson County commissioners remind all drivers to follow the designated signs posted in all areas of construction.
“Everyone’s safety is the first concern when repairing roads and motorists need to obey the traffic signs,” Clinton said.
The Jackson County Sheriffs Office was called to handle and enforce the traffic rules.
Motorists were avoiding the barricades and driving at high rates of speed, Clinton said.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.