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OTC Awards $96M in Contracts; Bride Ranking Improves

OTC Awards $96M in Contracts; Bride Ranking Improves
WED JULY 31, 2019

Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission's July 1 meeting include announcement of the creation of a new transit office at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation; an update on the state's improving bridge conditions; details of emergency repair plans for highways in Canadian and Sequoyah counties damaged by spring flooding; removal of a section of SH-3 in Oklahoma County from the highway system; and approval of funding for upcoming centerline rumble strip installation. Contracts were awarded for a traffic signal on SH-74 in Oklahoma County, local government projects in Norman, Midwest City and Tulsa County, as well as I-40 improvements in McIntosh and Okfuskee counties.

Tim Gatz, secretary of transportation and ODOT executive director announced creation of the new Office of Mobility and Public Transit at the agency as part of House Bill 1365, which was approved in April. The law significantly changes how the state approaches public transit planning and also transfers a program that provides federal funding to community organizations to provide bus and van service for the elderly and disabled from the Oklahoma Department of Human Service.

The program will now be overseen by ODOT, which already administers funding for rural transit providers in small communities. Urban transit services in the metro areas — Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Lawton — receive federal funds directly for their operations. Gatz promised a smooth transition with OKDHS leadership and a collaborative approach to implementing the law working with transit providers and professionals and the industry's group, the Oklahoma Transit Association, over the next several months for a successful implementation... FULL ARTICLE

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