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Gov. Stitt Announces Oklahoma Highway Bridges Climbing to Best in Nation

Gov. Stitt Announces Oklahoma Highway Bridges Climbing to Best in Nation

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WED APRIL 10, 2019 - WEST EDITION #8

Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission's April 1 meeting include an announcement by Gov. Kevin Stitt about Oklahoma's improved bridge conditions; kickoff of an Oklahoma Department of Transportation campaign focused on improving driver behavior in work zones; introduction of a new commission appointee and a speed limit change on U.S. 54 in Texas County. Contracts were approved for a major interchange reconstruction project on I-44 in Tulsa and Rogers counties and resurfacing projects on U.S. 75 in Okmulgee County, U.S. 70 in Bryan County and U.S. 62 in Grady County.

Tim Gatz, secretary of transportation and ODOT executive director introduced Gov. Stitt, who was attending his first commission meeting as governor. Stitt congratulated ODOT on its effort to address the condition of the state's infrastructure, noting that Oklahoma's bridges on the highway system are finally nearing the top of the list for the best in the nation.

In its recent annual bridge inspection report, ODOT identified 132, or less than 2 percent, of the 6,800 total bridges on the highway system as rated structurally deficient or poor. The highway system includes non-tolled state, U.S. and interstate highways maintained by ODOT. Bridges on city streets and county roads are maintained separately by local governments.

"I've made it clear that I believe Oklahoma can be a top 10 state in infrastructure, and we are quickly approaching that goal with our highway bridges." Stitt said. "I want to continue this momentum as we address other critical infrastructure needs like pavement conditions and two-lane highways as well." FULL ARTICLE

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