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Western District Comanche County Commissioner Don Hawthorne exams a section of West 112th Street last week shortly before it reopened to through traffic. Phase I of the 112th Street project, which included almost a mile of the road near Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and a small portion of Lee Boulevard, opened last week. Phase II, which is the rest of 112th Street north to Cache Road, is on schedule to be completed by the end of the year. The widening and resurfacing project is a joint effort of Comanche Co..

First phase of 112th Street work completed

Access to the Goodyear tire plant is now easier than it has been in months.

Comanche County, the City of Lawton and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation completed the first phase of the road construction project on Southwest 112th Street, near the Goodyear plant, last week.

Western District Comanche County Commissioner Don Hawthorne said the actual work on the road was finished May 31. Workers were striping the roadway Monday before it opened to traffic. There may still be some grading work done on the sides of the road, but the finishing touches won't impede traffic, he added.

Hawthorne said a $950,000 grant from the Department of Transportation helped pay for Phase I, with the city and county evenly splitting the remaining $2.7 million cost of the road work. Phase I of the project included widening and resurfacing a section of 112th Street from the railroad tracks for about 0.9 mile south to Lee Boulevard and about 0.3 of mile east on Lee Boulevard.

"This is a perfect example of the city and county working together," Hawthorne said.

The new section of road has 8 inches of aggregate base and 7 inches of asphalt, he added.

The Department of Transportation money was received in the form of an industrial access grant. Lawton's Goodyear plant, which is one of the largest employers in Comanche County, has an entrance on 112th Street, near the railroad tracks. Airgas Merchant Gases and the Lawton/Cache Auto Auction are also businesses located on 112th Street that see a lot of vehicle traffic.

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