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Improving roads needs to be focus for Oklahoma lawmakers (EDITORIAL)

Improving roads needs to be focus for Oklahoma lawmakers (EDITORIAL)
Published: Mon, October 29, 2018 12:00 AM

THE Legislature will have a different look in 2019, as November's elections could result in as much as half of the state House and one-fourth of the Senate turning over. This large freshman class will have much to learn about what needs fixing in state government — and what doesn't.

The Department of Transportation's eight-year construction plan is an example of the latter, and merits the new Legislature's continued support.

The original eight-year plan was created to address pressing repair and replacement needs for Oklahoma's bridges and roads. At the time, Oklahoma had about 1,600 bridges on the state system that were either functionally obsolete or structurally deficient, and 4,000 miles of roads rated in poor condition. The disrepair was due largely to the Legislature keeping ODOT's appropriation flat for 20 years... FULL ARTICLE

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