County Commissioner

Monthly Archives: January 2013

The holidays started off with a snow and freezing rain.  We had a crew out on Christmas day and the day after sanding bridges and intersections.

We have had a rash of stolen signs again.  All the road signs along Wolf Road were taken and a number of stop signs were painted with graffiti. As I have stated before, the money we have to spend on replacing signs is taken away from dollars we could have used for road improvements.  But the most important aspect of this problem is public safety issues.

If you have information regarding the person or persons involved in this, please call 580-429-3217 or the Comanche County Sheriff’s Department at 580-351-4280.  The Board of County Commissioners has approved a reward for information and/or evidence leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone stealing or defacing county road signs.  People convicted of stealing or vandalizing county property can be ordered by the court to pay the county for the cost of any rewards granted concerning the defendant’s case.

There has been an increase in trash dumping along county roads.  If we know who did the dumping, the dumpers have a choice of coming and picking up the trash, or we will turn it over to the Sheriff and they can pay a $1,000 fine.

When the weather has allowed, we have been patching West Lee Blvd, Hwy.115 South, Meers-Porter Hill Road, Four Mile, and Tackle Box Roads.

We took advantage of a landowner taking down his old fence and before he put up a new one we cleaned out the bar ditches on Stoney Point and King Roads.  This will allow better drainage when it does rain.  Gravel was put down on King Road west of Stoney Point Road.

Lee Blvd is still closed between Post Oak Road and Big Bow Road.  The Comanche Nation is funding the building of a bridge over the low water crossing at Post Oak Creek.  The project is about half way completed.

We replaced one of our remaining wooden bridges with a large tinhorn on Holsey Road west of Indiahoma.  The wooden planks had deteriorated to a point we had safety concerns that it might fail when heavy farm equipment crosses the bridge.

Road Foremen Kenny Kinder and I met with officials from the City of Lawton and Oklahoma Department of Transportation to work on an agreement for the resurfacing of 112th Street between Old Cache Road and Lee Blvd.  Last June the ODOT Commission approved $950,000 to redo 112th Street from the Railroad tracks to the Lee Blvd intersection east and to the 4 lane section of Lee Blvd.  Because some of the road is in the city limits, and some of it is in the county, and the state is funding the resurfacing it necessitates a three-way agreement, which has taken some time to work out.

Lee Blvd Status: All but the last mile between Crater Creek Road and 115 has been completed, and the road has been striped from Lawton city limits to Airport Road. The ditches will be sodded later in the spring.

One of the concerns we have received is the lack of striping on some of our major county roads.  We went out for bids on that project, and have accepted the bid of an Oklahoma City company to stripe 48.5 miles of roads in our district, at a cost of $38,861.

During the cold inclement weather Foreman Kenny Kinder and the crew did the spring cleaning of the county barn and yard.  They sold several thousand dollars worth of scrap metal and hauled off a dump truck load of other junk.

If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at don.hawthorne@comanchecounty.us.

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