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Old Highway 7 to get overlay

Old Highway 7 to get overlay

John Walker
The Duncan Banner
DUNCAN A little over three miles of Old Oklahoma Highway 7 between the City of Duncan and Duncan Lake Road is one step closer to receiving a new layer of hot-mix asphalt.

If current plans remain in place, the road won’t be done until 2010, but Stephens County Commissioner Todd Churchman told the other commissioners during Monday’s commissioners’ meeting that everything is in place to begin now on the road.

All that Churchman is waiting for is money to be appropriated from the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma. Other counties are scheduled to use the money this year, but there’s a chance that their projects may be bumped until later because they are not ready to begin, Churchman said.

If those projects in other counties are bumped for another year, there’s a chance that the old Highway 7 project could begin this year.

“We’re ready to do it,” Churchman said. “The quicker it is done, the better.”

In other news, the commissioners renewed the county burn ban for another seven days because of the dry conditions, but wished that conditions were different so that a burn ban would not be necessary.

Stephens County Commissioner Dee Bowen said that a lot of farmers are waiting expectantly to burn weeds, as that is one of the most effective ways to clear the ground for crops.

Churchman said that if it rains a few inches in the next few days, then the foliage will be green within a two-week time period and a ban would probably be unnecessary.

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