Cuts make road upkeep tough


Budget cuts and the current climate of limited funding in Oklahoma has made the mission of Jackson County commissioners even more difficult than usual.

Oklahoma has a grand total of 85,552.63 miles of rural county roads, with 1,200 of them in Jackson County. Counties must maintain all of those rural county roads and that includes 13,579 bridges across the state.

The current cost to lay one mile of gravel is $25,000, the laying of two inches of asphalt is about $107,000 per mile. Every declared disaster costs the counties 12.5 percent of total cost. Last year the cost of flooding was more than $35 million dollars to Oklahoma.

“The recent budget cut took one million dollars from the equipment revolving fund, which allowed counties to buy equipment and pay it back over a period of time at three percent purchase,” said Jackson County District I Commissioner Marty Clinton.

According to Clinton, all three districts in Jackson County utilized that fund.

Funding could help reconstruct roads and bridges damaged across the area such as this.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Washed-out-BW.jpgFunding could help reconstruct roads and bridges damaged across the area such as this. Courtesy photo

Funding could help reconstruct roads and bridges damaged across the area such as this.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Washed-out-CMYK.jpgFunding could help reconstruct roads and bridges damaged across the area such as this. Courtesy photo

Funding could help reconstruct roads and bridges damaged across the area such as this.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Washed-out-RGB.jpgFunding could help reconstruct roads and bridges damaged across the area such as this. Courtesy photo

By Mary O. Esparza

mesparza@civitasmedia.com

 

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077.

 

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