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ODOT's 8-year plan working as intended (EDITORIAL)

ODOT's 8-year plan working as intended (EDITORIAL)

NewsOK
by THE OKLAHOMAN EDITORIAL BOARD
Published: Fri, September 14, 2018 12:00 AM

THIS week's approval of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's newest eight-year plan provided a reminder of just how successful this program has been.

The original eight-year plan was crafted about midway through the previous decade, after the Legislature decided to boost funding to ODOT following 20 years of keeping the agency's budget flat. That former approach to budgeting helped result in Oklahoma having 4,000 miles of roads that were considered in poor condition, and 1,600 bridges that were either functionally obsolete or structurally deficient — 660 of those had been around since the 1920s and ‘30s.

The best thing about the revolving eight-year road and bridge repair program is that the pecking order of projects was (and is) determined by ODOT, not by politicians. The greatest needs receive the most immediate attention... FULL ARTICLE

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