County-tribal partnership to repair section of Cache Road

LAWTON, Okla._ One of the busier roads between the town of Cache and Lawton is a step closer to some major improvements.

Comanche County Commissioners voted Tuesday to make a one-mile portion of Old Cache Road from Highway 115 west to Quanah Road a part of the Indian Reservation Road System.

This approval partners the Comanche County with the Comanche Tribe, combining funds and efforts to make the road safer.

Old Cache Road leads directly to Cache Public Schools. It is also one of three routes for residents of western Comanche County to get to Lawton. That is why the additional funding from the road being a part of the Indian Reservation Road Program could be vital to the community.

Adrian Tehauno, the Comanche Nation Director of Transportation, told 7NEWS Tuesday that two narrow bridges provide the biggest risks on the road. It is a main school bus route, and is also heavily traveled by those who live in the area..

That is why the Comanche Tribe and Comanche County are partnering up on this project.

"It benefits the tribal members, but it also benefits the other folks that live in Comanche County as well," said County Commissioner Don Hawthorne.

Without the addition of the funds from the Indian Reservation Road System, the county would not be able to make necessary updates to this portion of Old Cache Road and its bridges.

"They will do the construction of whatever project it is and then the county agrees to maintain that project,"  Hawthorne said.

Monday's approval only begins the process. The planning will now start with an inventory of the current standing of the road. From there, a plan and design will be created. The approval and funding process will follow as the entities work together to create safer roads for Comanche County.

Tehauno believes this process will take two to four years to get through all stages of approval so construction can begin. He hopes that reconstruction of both bridges will be able to take place at the same time, so that it affects traffic and travel on the road only once.