Rocky road too dangerous for school bus

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CHOCTAW, Okla. — Residents in Choctaw say they are dealing with a rough ride after the school bus refuses to pick up their kids because the road they live on is just too dangerous to travel. “They’ll rattle your teeth if you hit them wrong,” Derrick Allred said.

But the big ones… “If somebody drives down here and doesn’t see that, they’re going to have an accident,” he said.

Which is exactly what Choctaw Public Schools told Allred in a letter.

Driving down the road to his house is too dangerous, and as a result, the school bus stopped driving on it.

Now, if the kids who live along the road want to ride the bus to school, they’ll have to catch a ride at the end of the street.

“It’s kind of a pain in the butt,” Allred said.

But not as much what will happen if the severe pot holes are not taken care of soon.

“If it continues to go at the rate it’s been going, it won’t take a year for it to be half way across the road,” he said.

Allred lives on Southeast 31st street in Choctaw.

The road is private meaning it’s not maintained by the city.

However, in many cities there is a way to get help, including Oklahoma City which is the jurisdiction Allred’s road falls under.

To get a private road adopted by the city, residents first have to apply and have at least 51 percent of people residing along the street in favor.

And if approved…”An action can be taken at the city council the council will authorize the city’s engineer office to advertise for bids and award a contract to a contractor that will do the work to bring the roadway up to city standards,” Oklahoma City Assistant City Manager Dennis Clowers said.

“It’s not something I really want to do, but if I have to, I guess that’s what it takes,” Allred said. “We’ll have to all agree on it.”

The necessary repairs on a road aren’t free.

All residents who live along the road will be accessed the costs on their property taxes over a 10-year period.

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