District I Jackson County Commissioner Marty Clinton said the recent drought and flooding has contributed to the wear and tear of roads and bridges in our county, as well as cotton module traffic. Every year the Jackson County districts rotate bridge construction under a bridge program provided by federal funds.
Jackson County has a total of 1,200.03 miles of rural county system roads. The main responsibility of the three County Commissioners is to maintain and construct county roads and bridges. Construction involves surfacing, resurfacing, pavement rehabilitation, bridgework and widening.
Jackson County currently has several county roads and bridges that are under construction.
On Feb. 1, Racetrack Road CR 159 will start road construction. The county will perform the base work, and a contractor will lay the asphalt. In his first year as Commissioner, Clinton applied for and received a STP federal grant for $500,000 that will help fund this project.
County Road 203 has had a bridge destroyed due to flood. The bridge has been torn out and replaced with two temporary pipes. After FEMA completes the paperwork, bids will then be solicited to replace it.
In District One construction is estimated to start in the Spring of 2017 for a federal bridge replacement located one mile south and 1.4 miles west of JCT 283 & SH 19, Blair. Construction will take four months and will cost $400,000. Federal funding will contribute to the project, therefore a contractor will work with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
Recent state budget cuts have put a huge burden on county road construction. In December 2015 Jackson County was appropriated $155,491.73, but it had to be split between the three districts.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext.2077