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Report ranks OK near top of deficient bridges; TRUST says must continue funding process

Report ranks OK near top of deficient bridges; TRUST says must continue funding process

REPORT RANKS OKLAHOMA NEAR TOP OF DEFICIENT BRIDGES;
TRUST Says State Must Continue Funding Progress

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, April 1, 2011 – More than 20 percent of state bridges are deteriorating, placing Oklahoma near the top of the nation’s most deficient bridge list according to a report released this week by Transportation for America, a coalition of housing, business, public health and transportation organizations. The report, which also includes county and city bridges, confirms the need for state lawmakers to continue their commitment to improved road and bridge funding, the president of Transportation Revenues Used Strictly For Transportation (TRUST) said today. TRUST is an Oklahoma-based advocacy group dedicated to funding and restoring Oklahoma’s infrastructure.

Neal McCaleb said, “Oklahoma’s poor ranking on this report is proof that we still have a long road ahead in order to make much needed improvements to our deteriorating bridge infrastructure. When the state legislature and former Governor Henry committed to rectifying this situation in 2006, we knew it would take at least ten to fifteen years to begin to see results due to decades of deferred maintenance and insufficient funding. Despite serious budget challenges the past four years, the Legislature is to be commended for making the commitment to improve funding for Oklahoma’s infrastructure. Thanks to their efforts the Oklahoma Department of Transportation has been able to address three times as many bridge projects since 2006 as opposed to prior years and has been able to proceed uninterrupted with its eight-year construction work plan across the state.”

“While we prefer Oklahoma not be mentioned in this regard, the report does serve a purpose and that is that the state of Oklahoma, as well as counties and cities, must continue to invest in Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure if the state is going to compete economically with states ranked far better on this report,” McCaleb said.

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TRUST is an advocacy group dedicated to restoring Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure. We are committed to creating a culture within Oklahoma government that values and adequately funds transportation as a top priority. Since 2005 TRUST has grown into a diverse coalition of more than 120 statewide organizations representing banking, energy, agri-business, construction, chambers of commerce, public safety, transportation and concerned citizens. To learn more visit www.RestoreTRUST.org

Contact: John Cox, TRUST communications director, 405.255.8117, jdcox@cox.net

 

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