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Work continues on county bridges

Work continues on county bridges

Julie Yates
Staff Reporter - The Pryor Daily Times

October 07, 2009 09:52 am

Construction is beginning this week on the Brushy Creek bridge on 428 Road southwest of Chouteau.

Darrell Yoder, District 2 County Commissioner, said the small structure will be replaced by a bridge 55 1/2 feet in length. The current crossing is 10 feet long. Yoder said the road will be raised several feet.

Beachner Construction out of Kansas was awarded their bid of $300,365 to construct the bridge. The project was funded by the national stimulus package.

Flooding in Salina last month caused damage to a low water crossing under construction in District 3. Commissioner Melvin Pritchett said Ace Concrete & Construction were in the process of completing a 70 percent replacement on the crossing when the 4-inch rain came the night of Sept. 9. Waters from the flash flood undercut the concrete work and ripped out a corner of the crossing.

Pritchett said Ace repaired the new damages on the crossing for an additional $1,000.

Commissioner Alva Martin, District 1, said the Salt Branch crossing is scheduled to be replaced next year. The structure is located north of the Pryor soccer field over Salt Branch Creek.

Commissioners authorized a resolution in Monday’s commissioner meeting so Martin can begin acquiring right-of-ways.
Martin said he is working on right-of-ways for Rock Creek Bridge on West 370 Road east of Highway 69. The structure over Rock Creek is 30 feet long, and will be replaced with a 240-foot bridge. Martin said the creek drains 26 square miles.

The Rock Creek bridge is scheduled for 2013, but Martin said he may bump the date if he is able to acquire the right-of-ways quickly.

Mayes County Health Department is seeking a Spanish interpreter. Commissioners opened three bids for the job ranging from $7.50 an hour to $17.50 an hour. Bidders were Adrianna Cardenas, Pryor, Diana Braden, Salina and TyAna Whiteis, Pryor.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation will reimburse District 2 $84,856.70 for cleanup on major collector roads during the January 2007 ice storm.

Commercial Power Solutions has a maintenance agreement for the courthouse generator. Commissioners voted to renew the annual agreement for $695 per year.

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