Tahlequah Daily Press

Letters to editor

August 26, 2011

Fixing city’s streets

TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

The greatest investment the city of Tahlequah has is the street system, which is deteriorating at an alarming rate. If we don’t correct this situation, the streets of this city will become almost impassible.

There are several ways to repair our streets with longer-lasting results and very little additional expense. Consider: If you spend $50 to patch a chughole that will last only until the next rain or frost, as opposed to repairing the same problem for $75 with a procedure that will last for two or three times as long, which will be in the taxpayers’ best interests?

One procedure involves equipment the city already has on hand, and that is the patch truck at the street department. The crew is already trained to utilize the benefits of this equipment, and with a short training period and some additional supplies, could be updating our procedures and saving the taxpayers’ and the city’s investment.

The procedural changes would involve using heat to not only dry out the work area, but also bringing it up to an elastic state, so that with a bonding agent, the new material can be laid down and compacted. After the repair has cooled sufficiently, then apply a sealer and the repair is completed. We have several miles of road that would benefit from the well-known chip-and-seal program that has been around for a long time.

We are fighting an uphill battle to bring this great city up to where it should be, and this can only be done with sufficient financing to protect our investment. It will be expensive at first, but the alternatives are even less attractive.

Jerry Gay

Tahlequah

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