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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • County crews giving a facelift to Gene Autry Road

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  • An extensive project on Gene Autry Road is well under way, Carter County District 1 County Commissioner Joe David McReynolds said.
    County crews are currently leveling a stretch of Gene Autry Road from Caddo Creek bridge to state Highway 199, which is 4.2 miles. A contractor will begin moving in equipment today, with the rest of the project to commence Monday.
    “They are going to put fabric on top of it, and put a two-inch overlay on it,” McReynolds said. “We are using a contractor because we don’t have the equipment to do the fabric.”
    McReynolds said the project is funded by proceeds from the Woodford Shale Road Repair Grant Program, funded by XTO Energy, and the sales tax for county roads.
    McReynolds said the road was earmarked for repair because the road was uneven due to truck traffic. County crews began working on the road this winter between cold spells.
    “Weather permitting, the road should be finished in the next two weeks,” McReynolds said.
    McReynolds said it needs to be warm for the placement of the fabric. Including prior work, the road will be five inches thick.
    “We expect it will withstand truck traffic,” he said.
    McReynolds said a project on Durwood Road, spanning 1.2 miles, was recently completed. The project was funded by the county sales tax, and included two inches of overlay in most places and three inches in other spots. Fabric was also placed on the road.

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