Stillwater News Press

April 22, 2013

Payne County Commissioners discuss acquisition of beams for project

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Payne County Commissioners met briefly Monday morning to discuss a number of items including receiving beams originally part of Oklahoma's I-40 Crosstown Expressway.

Commissioner Jim Arthur said the state took the beams and began giving them to counties in need. Arthur said Payne County received 8 beams that are 67 feet long. They were stored in Logan County. The acquisition saved the county money, he said.

"That saved us about $35,000," he said.

The beams will be used in a bridge project at Major Rd. and 56th in District 3.

The commissioners also received two invoices for separate projects being completed by engineering firm Mehlburger Brawley. One invoice, for a bridge over Little Stillwater Creek 2 miles north of Highway 177 and State Highway 51, is final payment of the total cost of $25,500. The other, for utility verification from the Stillwater city limit north to Lakeview Road, was in the amount of $15,000. The total cost of that project is $45,000.

"We are hopefully only down to two utilities left to be moved really soon," said Jeffrey Dixon, branch manager for the Oklahoma City chapter of Mehlburger Brawley. "That is the water line for the City of Stillwater and the water line for the country club."