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Potholes plague I-40 drive in Oklahoma

Potholes plague I-40 drive in Oklahoma

Severe winter adds to problems for agency already hindered by funding woes

NewsOK

BY DARLA SLIPKE

Published: April 8, 2010

Truck driver George Earls says the ride in his big rig along Interstate 40 reminds him of the rodeo: "Strap on your seat belt, and hold on tight.”

He and other drivers are feeling the bumps and jolts of roadways that have deteriorated under heavy traffic, years of neglect and, more recently, a particularly severe winter that has opened up countless potholes.

Earls, a Knoxville, Tenn., man who has traveled across the country during his 37-year career, says as soon as he crosses into Oklahoma, he can feel his truck bouncing over broken patches, uneven pavement and dips in the road.

State transportation officials say decades of insufficient funding caused them to forgo much- needed preservation and rehabilitation work... FULL ARTICLE

 

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