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Oklahoma traffic counts dropped over 30 percent as COVID-19 caused many residents to stay home

Oklahoma traffic counts dropped over 30 percent as COVID-19 caused many residents to stay home

Oklahoman.com
by RANDY ELLIS
Updated: Tue, May 5, 2020 1:21 AM

Traffic volumes on some Oklahoma highways dropped by more than 30 percent during April as government officials closed down the economy to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, Oklahoma Department of Transportation Executive Director Tim Gatz told commissioners Monday.

"We are seeing those traffic volumes now beginning to tick back up slightly and are optimistic that as we continue work around continuing to flatten the COVID-19 curve, that those traffic volumes will continue to pick back up as things normalize," Gatz said.

Public transit has also dropped dramatically in the state, Gatz said, adding that state transportation officials will try to move federal relief funds along to transit agencies as quickly as possible... FULL ARTICLE

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