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April 9, 2013

County commissioners on mission to pave all gravel, dirt streets

NORMAN — Cleveland County commissioners are gearing up for summer roadwork. County Purchasing Agent Melinda Duke opened bids for highway and bridge materials Monday at the county commissioners meeting.

“Road season is here,” Commissioner Rusty Sullivan said. “We’ve gone to 10-hour days.”

County crews work four days at 10 hours per day during summer months to save time and money. The longer hours allow county crews to stay longer at a road site without having to set up, clean up and transport materials and equipment back and forth.

One of those road projects inside city limits in east Norman is a collaborative effort with the city to pave a gravel road. The mile-long paving project is on Lindsey Street east of 84th Avenue Southeast.

“The county works really closely with the city of Norman and always has,” District 2 Road Foreman Paul Meyer said. “The county and city both want to eliminate all dirt roads in this district.”

Road crews were grading the gravel road Monday to prepare the surface for paving.

“We try to eliminate one or two miles of dirt road every year, and this is one of them,” Meyer said. “We have a total of four dirt roads that we’re going to eliminate this year that are on the list to be paved.”

The District 2 projects slated for this summer are all in east Norman.

Bids for road materials will be vetted, and commissioners likely will award those bids next week.

Commissioners also discussed a possible remodel in the courthouse to create more space for the Human Resources Department. A possible solution is to use the Budget Board meeting room, reduce the size of the law library and add conference meeting space to the law library area that could be used by the budget board.

In other county business, commissioners and other elected county officials spent a large part of the day in a budget board meeting that started at 10:30 a.m. The budget meeting was recessed for the county commission meeting and reconvened at 2 p.m.

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