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Oklahoma Roads

What do Oklahoma’s roads look like?

  • Dozens of state and county bridges need repair or replacement
  • Thousands of highway miles are rated critical or inadequate
  • Hundreds of two lane narrow highways exist that are 56% more likely to cause accidents
  • Too many antiquated bridges are still in use, many over 80 years old

What’s the problem?

Funding. Oklahomans pay more than $1 billion in road taxes and fees each year, but for years far less of these tax dollars made their way back to state bridges and highways. Funding for Oklahoma’s surface transportation system was stagnant for more than 20 years. In fact, Oklahoma spent more money in 1985 than in 2004 to maintain its bridge and highway infrastructure. During that same 20 years, traffic on state highways increased 50% and the cost to build and maintain roads increased 75%.

Thankfully, the Oklahoma Legislature has provided significant increases to transportation funding over the last 14 years, providing over $1 billion through 2020 in additional dedicated funding. This has allowed Oklahoma to address a large abundance of its most critical transportation needs, however Oklahoma still has billions of dollars in unfunded bridge and highway projects.

How do we address the problem?

Funding. At nearly $50 billion, Oklahoma’s surface transportation system is the state’s largest and most valued asset. We must protect our bridge and highway infrastructure by continued investment so that Oklahoma can continue to progress economically within the region and the United States.

This will take continued significant appropriations from a dedicated source such as the ROADS fund as well as dedicating more transportation-generated revenues such as motor fuel and license fees, to transportation construction and maintenance programs. Since its founding, TRUST has insisted that all motor vehicle fees currently diverted to the general revenue fund be dedicated entirely to transportation-related needs.