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  • It’s almost spring, so naturally the Crawford County Commission is thinking about road repairs.

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  • It’s almost spring, so naturally the Crawford County Commission is thinking about road repairs.
    Randy Chiartano, Crawford County asphalt foreman, told commissioners during their Friday meeting that there are 21 or 22 miles of county roads that have not yet been sealed, including Langdon Lane and Baseline Road.
    “You didn’t mention Gooding Road,” said commissioner Bob Kmiec.
    “There’s probably over 25 to 30 miles we’re not too far from losing unless we do something,” Chiartano said. “Gooding Road is in there.”
    He is considering recommending a type of oil with tire rubber in it for the job.
    “It comes out of a place in Tulsa,” Chiartano said. “We’ve never used it before. Johnson County used a bunch of it last year, and I’d kind of like to go up there and take a look at it.
    Commissioner Carl Wood brought up the advantages of chip and seal with pug rock.
    “Pug rock dries from the bottom up and it’s just like concrete,” Wood said.
    “You get six inches of base rock down and it will carry residential traffic for a long time,” Chiartano said.
    He said that it would be safer to go with emulsion oil for the job.
    “The other thing is a 325-degree product, and somebody could get some severe burns,” Chiartano said. “There’s three suppliers waiting to bid.”
    Wood calculated that the cost of the work would be about $14,000 per mile, or $300,000 total, plus preparation work.
    “Last year we spent a quarter of a million on patching,” Wood said.
    Kmiec said that the county needed to get the chipping done, then look at patching.
    As to whether any financial assistance could be expected from the state, the answer is that it’s probably better not to count on that.
    “Since 2007 we haven’t had any money to work from other than our budget,” Chiartano said. “We just keep falling further and further behind.”
    He said he hopes to start repairs as soon as possible.
    “I’d like to start getting base rock down between mid to late April, if we can get the weather going our way,” Chiartano said.
    The commissioners commended county road crews for their good work during the Thursday ice and snow.
    “One person called and asked when their road was going to be treated, and I said, ‘Your road was treated at 5:30 a.m.’,” Wood said.
    Commissioners voted to change the date of the Franklin Sewer District hearing from March 8 to March 22. Student Government Day has been scheduled on March 27.

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