City roads take beating in wake of recent floods

By TERRY GROOVER
tgroover@theyukonreview.com

Some of Yukon’s rural roads took a beating during the recent flooding, and it wasn’t just State Highway 4, said City Manager Jim Crosby.
Crosby, during a work study session Tuesday, said several Yukon roads received significant damage during periods of high water that lasted throughout June.
SH-4, which also is known as Piedmont Road, was among the worst damaged.
The roadway was closed for almost a week after a portion of the road was washed out when a chunk of debris redirected water from an overflow creek into an embankment.
The result was that a portion of a bridge was undercut, making the road unsafe for travel.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation covered the cost of the repairs. However, Crosby said the city is involved in doing repairs away from where the collapse occurred.
Several residents who live in that area voiced concerns about the drainage channel.
Crosby said the city has offered to fill holes that were created by the water’s flow in the channel.
He said there were eight areas that need repair, some are on either side of the channel. The city has no way of repairing the issues on the east side because there is not access. However, the city is working to make repairs on the west side.
Crosby said the city has offered to provide some rip-rap material for the property owners to use to make repairs themselves.
The only bridge in the area is privately owned, and there is no way to determine how much weight it can carry.
While SH-4 was the main concern, other roadways also saw damage including Wagner Road at Sara and 11th Street near the North Canadian River, which was underwater for several days.
Crosby said there was little that can be done to prevent the flooding because the area is extremely flat and is part of a flood plain.
“It’s called a flood plain for a reason,” Crosby said.
Another area that was under water was Foreman Road and 11th Street.
“It was the highest I’ve ever seen,” Crosby said.
Crosby said the state is aware of the drainage issues, which is why when they begin widening SH-4 this fall, the plan is to move the highway to the west.
“They don’t want to deal with the drainage ditch,” he said.
He also said any fix will be expensive.
“There is no easy solution and there is no cheap solution,” Crosby said
The area where the road collapsed is in the same area where three bridges will be replaced with a single-span bridge. State officials say they expect to seek bids for the project in October with construction to begin either late this year or early in 2020.

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