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Federal Funding Threatens Oklahoma Road Projects

Federal Funding Threatens Oklahoma Road Projects

The New York Times


Published: December 8, 2009

Filed at 11:31 a.m. ET

(AP) -- The Oklahoma Transportation Commission scheduled bid openings on more than $200 million in road and bridge projects without knowing whether it will have enough money to pay for them.

Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley said Congress has not provided as much money for road and bridge work as it previously authorized due to declining revenue from federal fuel taxes. Congress has taken emergency steps to keep transportation programs going through the end of the year as it debates how to fund roads and bridges in the future.

''We're going to have to come up with some other ways,'' Ridley said. ''All of it is tied to funding, how transportation will be funded in the future.''

The commission on Monday authorized a final date to open bids in January and tentative dates for February and March bid openings for projects valued at $206.1 million... FULL ARTICLE

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