LONE GROVE — City officials just got word that the community received a $50,000 stocking stuffer in the form of grant money from state officials to repair a portion of South Newport Road.


City officials just got word that the community received a $50,000 stocking stuffer in the form of grant money from state officials to repair a portion of South Newport Road.


Last summer, the city filed for REAP Grant Resolution 395 with the Southern Oklahoma Development Association to assist with the road construction and resurfacing of two miles of Newport Road. Construction will commence on the area south of U.S. Highway 70 to Timber Road.


“This is a road that’s not been resurfaced for years,” said City Manager Marianne Elfert.
“If you go down it, the speed limit really should be lowered to 20 miles per hour,” she said of the 35-mph road.


Elfert said the grant money will cover the cost of heavy equipment and additional labor, which will save taxpayers money. And city officials plan to use their own labor force for the bulk of the construction, she said.


The city expects to receive the money after January. The state contributes money of this size for rural communities with a population below 7,000 people. The price ceiling on the grant is $50,000.


Elfert said the city will contribute $32,000 from its street and road funds to cover additional costs and construction is expected to begin in the spring or summer of next year, depending on weather conditions and availability of materials.


Lone Grove resident Jeff Matthews couldn’t agree more that this is a perfect way for the city to spend grant money.


“It’s totally great if we can get some of that road repaired. They’re in desperate need of repairs. There are a lot of bad roads and potholes and there are a bunch of roads that are in desperate need of repairs. It’s been neglected for years.”


Lone Grove Public Schools are located on Meridian Avenue, which runs a mile parallel to Newport Road, and anything that helps the neighboring kids is a great decision, he said.


“There’s a lot of residents that travel on that area coming up through town. And the extra care on that road will make it safer for school buses and just traffic in general.”


Keith Howard, 221-6542
keith.howard@ardmoreite.