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Oklahoma Transportation Commission approves major update plans for highways, bridges and county roads

Oklahoma Transportation Commission approves major update plans for highways, bridges and county roads

Transportation Today
BY CHRIS GALFORD  |   SEPTEMBER 12, 2018   

Oklahoma’s infrastructure is slated for a major update, now that the Oklahoma Transportation Commission has signed off on updated improvement plans for the state’s highway and county road systems over the next eight years.

This is a major turnaround, given that the largest of these plans had been delayed and forced to backtrack in several places last year, due to $840 million in cumulative state funding reductions. The Legislature has since stabilized funding for these efforts, and the result that ODOT’s Eight Year Construction Work Plan is back on track, with nearly $6.5 billion planned for use on updating state bridges and highways.

The primary goal of that plan is to get the state bridges to a less than 1 percent deficiency rate, through 686 highway bridge replacements or rehabilitation. In total, nearly 1,400 projects will be undertaken over the course of the plan, including more than 720 miles added in highway improvements and 152 miles of interstate pavement improvements. Urban congestion is being targeted, and millions are being pumped into a widening and improvement project on I-44, I-35, US-81, and US-70... FULL ARTICLE

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