County road, bridge report given
Marty Clinton, Jackson County Commissioner, District 1, said that their employees have been busy the last couple of weeks clearing and removing snow from most of the paved roads.
“We have been using four road graders and I recently added a snow plow to one of our trucks. I want our children to travel safely to and from school. Moisture received from the snow, will soon allow us to grade the gravel and dirt roads to smooth your drive,” Clinton said.
Clinton said that the District 1 employees have also been removing a lot of dead trees in the county right of way. “These trees were a safety concern of mine. I did not want them falling onto the roadway or the power lines. Our crew has worked hard over the last couple of months removing a mountain of dead trees. If you have one in the right of way we have missed, please let me know.”
In reporting on County roads, Clinton also said that he has had a lot of questions about the Navajo School Road. Phase One of this project is a three-mile section from Navajo School north to State Highway 19. Clinton said that it will be on the January 2014 bid letting from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Once the bids are awarded, the construction should start in late spring or early summer. “This project has been a priority of mine since elected and I am ready to get construction started. The remaining seven miles are now programmed and should construct within the next five years.”
Clinton added that the Racetrack Road project will start in 2014 with the engineer’s survey. This project is scheduled for construction in 2016. The project will be funded by a grant that he applied for in 2011.
As far as county bridges go, Clinton said that the Bitter Creek Bridge project located one mile east and a half mile south of Martha has been awarded and construction will begin early next year.
Clinton added that Jackson County District 1 employees stay busy grading roads, patching potholes, hauling gravel, repairing signs, and installing culverts, “Just a few of the projects we are currently working on for you.”
Clinton said that if anyone has concerns or problems that need to be taken care of, you can call his office at (580)482-4420.
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