Collinsville, Oklahoma
April 15, 2008
Construction Zones
Sallee Field Joins List Of Collinsville Construction Zones /
Rain Damaged Hwy 20 Near Keetonville Could Delay Eventual Main Street Asphalt?

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Sallee Field Work Started For New Turf
The dirt in the northwest corner of Sallee Field was being rearranged Tuesday as preliminary work has begun for the eventual installation of field turf on the field further south. This area would normally have been the parking lot the CHS soccer/football games or the band's practice field. I was a bit surprised to see changes in this area but assume it is for overall drainage improvement. The soccer boys used part of the area to warm up during the girls game here April 15th. The field improvements were approved as part of the March 4, 2008 bond election. There are just a few more soccer games to be played here this spring with the field work scheduled to complete in time for the first CHS home football game this fall.
2 Photos From My 2002 "Sallee Field Memories" Photo CD -- Ted Wright
Downtown Sidewalks Pending
It had been anticipated that concrete would be poured this week for this 1 block section of the Main Beautification project. A meeting was held April 15th with the contractor (Bryant & Bryant), Landplan Consultants, and the city to discuss issues with moisture and compaction which is now delaying that pour. Another issue discussed included trade offs of leaving a 4 inch pavement drop in the new parking area gained from reclaiming former sidewalk width -vs- a temporary gravel fill that would have to be removed before the state could eventually add the asphalt there as well as reduce the crown and repave two blocks of Main St. (Previous Coverage)
It was speculated that the rain damaged Highway 20 near Keetonville might delay the state's ability to schedule Collinsville's asphalt/paving which was already not tied directly to completion of Collinsville's streetscape project. -- Ted Wright
Collinsville's Main Street was paved with Collinsville brick in about 1916. Most of those bricks have been covered by many different layers (& inches) of asphalt over the years. Collinsville had it's own brick plant from about 1906 to 1962.
Note to downtown customers: When possible use the alley entry for businesses with sidewalks removed. For businesses without a back door, check with the business on their current access status as it changes each day. The temporary wooden ramps often need to be removed during the compaction and drying process before the new sidewalks can be poured. -- Ted