Construction on a Texoma Road has Left Residents Unhappy - - No One Gets You Closer

Construction on a Texoma Road has Left Residents Unhappy

BRYAN COUNTY, OK -- Last year Bryan County finalized plans to re-construct Sawmill Road, to make it safer for drivers because of heavy traffic. But the work has left some residents unhappy. 

It began last fall, widening and paving Sawmill Road, just outside of Durant city limits, to make the road safer and better accessible to Highway 70. 

"I've seen wrecks out here," said Billy Proctor, who has lived on the road for years, "cars in ditches and turned over from being an unsafe road."

Neighbors agree with the county's decision to fix the road, but some believe the actual construction isn't being handled properly. 

"They do a lot of stuff that," said Jason Ash, upset with the construction, "try and sneak stuff past people. I mean the fences aren't where they're supposed to be. They put it where its convenient for them, not where its supposed to be." 

Ash says the work has left his property damaged. Before the construction, flooding - shown in the video - on his property wasn't an issue. But now, he says, his property has been flooded with each rain. 

"Badly," he said. "There's ten horns where there wasn't ten horns." 

He says he's confronted workers without a friendly response. And agrues the work being done isn't effective.  

"They move dirt from one end to the other," he said. "They put gravel down. They wait three days then they put it back in the ditches then pick up new gravel to put back down." 

"I think they've had some issues," said Bryan County Commissioner Jay Perry. "And I think they've come to recognize what those issues are and I think they're doing everything that they can now to try and resolve it." 

Students in the area say the work has delayed their trip home by thirty minutes up to an hour. Leaving parents worried and bus drivers frustrated. 

"They wouldn't let the construction stop to let them walk through," said Kailee Arington, a student and resident. "They would drop them off somewhere and they'd have to walk off the side of the road."

Ash says other residents feel the same way, but not many are speaking up like him. 

"The few that have, they just feel bullied," he said. 

The project manager with the company preferred to speak off camera, but says his workers are doing the best they can. And they're in the last leg of work. And some residents see that effort. 

"Road people that have been working out here," said Proctor. "I've got to know them. They're some great people."

Bryan County Commissioner Jay Perry says, like many residents, he expected the work to be done much sooner. He says there isn't a set end date for the project, but it's more than halfway done.