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New state law helping county to pay for repairs to Waterloo Road

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LOGAN COUNTY, Okla. -  A new state law is helping Logan County officials fund repairs to a major roadway.

The county continues to assess the damage to Waterloo Road after six inches of rain fell in just a few hours last Thursday.

The westbound lane of Waterloo is shut down because floodwater washed out a portion of the road.

Logan County Commissioner for District One, Marven Goodman, estimates the repair might cost about $100,000.

"Temporary fix is not an option," Goodman said. "We don't want anyone driving on the road. If more falls in, it could be a bad accident."

Thanks to a new law, supported by Oklahoma County Commissioner Ray Vaughn, richer counties like Oklahoma County can chip in and help out with a big chunk of repairs on roads that straddle two counties.

The law took effect July 1.

"So now we're able to work cooperatively to get this done," Goodman said.

Goodman expects to have to shut down Waterloo entirely when repairs start.

But, the project is expected to move quickly,  and should be completed in just a few days.

Dozens of Logan County bridges and highways are affected by floodwaters and bracing for more trouble this week.

State Highway 77 north of Guthrie was closed for several hours Monday because of a rock slide.

The Oklahoma Departmet of Transportation opened both lanes to traffic a few hours after the closure.

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