Hidden dangers: Drivers urged to be cautious on county roads and bridges

Clay Burtrum took this photo on Richmond Road near Highway 108. 

Payne County’s commissioners and road district crews are busy assessing the damage widespread flooding has done to county roads over the past few weeks.

District 1 Commissioner Chris Reding stated in public announcements from the board at Monday’s weekly meeting that he is grateful projected rain did not materialize over the weekend. District 3 commissioner Rocky Blasier reported that there were a lot of bridges and roads damaged in his district by the recent flooding. He noted that he spent many long hours working to mark road closures caused by the floods.

District 1 Commissioner, Zach Cavett, reported that there were many smaller bridges and culverts washed out in his district. He also noted ditch damage and erosion of roadway surfaces. The commissioners are assessing flood damage in Payne County to assist in supporting a disaster declaration by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Reding said it may be an ongoing disaster if rains return to Payne County.

In regular business, the commissioners approved a contract with Bailey’s Paving for an asphalt overlay in District 3 on two miles of 68th street and ½ mile on 44th street. Contracts for juvenile detention were approved for the Sac and Fox Nation detention center at $23 per day, the Creek County detention center at $50 per day and the Tulsa County detention center at $68.25 per day.

The commissioners approved requisitioning and receiving officers for District 2 and various county departments. Weekly purchase orders of $337,535.04 were approved by the commissioners, including $45,152.82 to the Railroad Yard for piling pipe for bridges in District 1 and $238,677 to Warren CAT for a track hoe for District 1. Cavett said the track hoe will be very useful in repairing flood damage in his district.