By Nick Woodruff
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Several projects are being planned for the district by Payne County District 1 for the upcoming year.
Zach Cavett has been the county commissioner of District 1 for approximately a year and a half and said he has the ball rolling on many projects. One of the major projects wrapping up is a bridge three miles south of State Highway 33 and a mile and a half east of State Highway 18 on Texaco Road.
Four miles south of the new bridge on Texaco Road, Lincoln County has a bridge out of service and Cavett said the Texaco bridge could see much more traffic because it is one of the only ways across Big Creek.
After completing the Texaco Road bridge project, District 1 plans to resurface a five-mile stretch of road on Ninth Street from Kings Highway to Highway 18 with a two-inch asphalt overlay. The county also plans to resurface Engles Road one mile south of State Highway 51.
Besides these projects, Cavett also is working with others to help repair roads around the tank farms.
At the first of the week, Cavett emailed the Safety Alliance of Cushing to focus on tank farm operators and the roads surrounding their farms.
If oil companies (the owners of the tank farms) are interested in repairing their roads around the farms, they could pay for the materials and the county would utilize its sources to make a six-inch overlay asphalt road, Cavett said. The roads would cost approximately $500,000 a mile. In comparison, Cavett said state highways usually cost $1 million a mile or more.
“Responses have been positive about replacing the tank farm roads,” Cavett said. “But, it’s just too early to tell.”
Finally, if property owners wish to have their property lines along county road rights-of-way cleared, the district will make an agreement to clear those areas for the property owners. Property owners must agree to mow the newly cleared area once a year for 10 years to keep any trees from growing, and the county will not replace a fence if it has to take one out; that responsibility is up to the property owner, Cavett said.
“Clearing rights-of-way really helps us out, “Cavett said. “I think it is a really good deal we have with this and it helps the roads last longer.”