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ODOT: Tulsa County project delays possible due to budget

ODOT: Tulsa County project delays possible due to budget

Tulsa World

By GAVIN OFF,  World Data Editor

Published: 4/12/2010 1:25 PM
Last Modified: 4/12/2010 4:18 PM

Facing potential budget shortfalls, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation took the first of a possible series of steps Monday to delay or halt road improvement projects in Tulsa County and across the state.

ODOT commissioners delayed awarding 37 federally funded projects that totaled some $50 million as the state waits for federal road funding to resume flowing into Oklahoma.

A bill to fund thousands of road projects across the country had been delayed in Congress for weeks. Although the bill won Senate approval in early March and was later signed by President Obama, the money has yet to arrive into ODOT’s account.

“We’re hoping that the money will be in our account at the commission meeting three weeks hence,” said Gary Ridley, ODOT director. “We’re quite certain that the money will be available.”

One of the 37 delayed projects was slated for Tulsa County. That $2.4 million project, split between Tulsa and Creek counties, would resurface more than eight miles of State Highway 97... FULL ARTICLE


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