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Oklahoma ScissorTales: New round of road projects (EDITORIAL)

Oklahoma ScissorTales: New round of road projects (EDITORIAL)

Updated: Sat, October 19, 2019 1:25 AM

Bridges, road shoulders and pavement are the focus of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s latest eight-year construction plan, approved this week by the commission that oversees ODOT.

Reducing the number of structurally deficient bridges remains a priority. The number of such bridges on the state highway system has fallen from 1,168 in 2004 to 132 by the end of last year. Under the new eight-year plan, 657 state bridges are set to be replaced or see major renovations.

In addition, improvements are scheduled to 780 miles of shoulders along two-lane highways. This work is badly needed – too many state highways have shoulders that aren’t wide enough, which puts stranded motorists at risk and contributes to traffic accidents... FULL ARTICLE

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