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Progress being made on Oklahoma bridges

Progress being made on Oklahoma bridges

posted 05/05/10 4:05 pm

posted by: Phil Price 

Oklahoma City - Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s May 3 meeting include discussion of improvements to the state’s bridge infrastructure, recognition of the retirement of a long-time transportation leader and approval of construction contracts totaling about $73 million.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation Director Gary Ridley told commissioners that in recent years the department has made progress in reducing the number of outdated and deficient bridges on the state’s highway system. He cited the example of a structure recently removed to make way for a new bridge on SH-51 near Coweta. The original bridge was 60 years old, structurally deficient and functionally obsolete with outdated design standards.

“When this project is done, we will add the new structure to the growing list of bridges that this commission has, over the years, worked so diligently to replace,” he told commissioners. “Governor Henry and the Legislature have provided Oklahoma transportation with more funds, and you have put those additional funds to work quickly.”... FULL ARTICLE


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