Construction on a mile section of Carver Road began Monday. What began as a pipe dream will soon be a reality.
Carver Road is unique in that it runs straight through the boundary separating property owned by the City of Altus and property owned by Jackson County. While the split could raise questions concerning who is responsible for the upkeep of the road, it is the very thing that has made this project a possibility.
The project didn’t happen overnight. Six months of meetings with attorneys for the City of Altus and Jackson County, interlocal agreements, and planning have gone into the reconstruction of Carver Road.
“This is a project that neither the city nor the county could afford to do,” City of Altus Streets Director Chad Osborne said. “The only way we could do this was to work together, and I think that’s what makes this project such a good thing for the community.”
According to Osborne, working alone each entity would have had to contract out to get the road work done—an expense outside of each entity’s budget—in order to keep crew members available for daily tasks throughout Altus.
Carver road is well-traveled by industrial and agricultural vehicles with an increase in traffic in the winter months during the cotton harvest.
“There are so many places that need to be patched on this road that we have a crew go out each Monday,” Osborne said. “That’s a lot of patches and lot of money. When it rains, there’s not even a conversation. A crew goes out to Carver Road first for patch work.”
Jackson County Commissioner Rhet Johnson gathered geogrid Friday while employees from the Street Department smoothed the rocky dirt left after the former pavement was taken up. With crews from both the city and county, Osborne expects the eight inches of rock that will precede the new pavement to be in place early next week.
“There’s no way this would have happened with the help of the county commissioners,” Osborne said. “But more hands make for faster work.”
In the meantime, many businesses and homeowners along Carver Road have embraced the upgrade and are working with the construction crews as they work to get the project done.
Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.