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No need to return to politicized road planning in Oklahoma

No need to return to politicized road planning in Oklahoma

The Oklahoman
Published: Tue, May 15, 2018 12:00 AM

OKLAHOMA government has long been hindered by politicians' preference for placating parochial interest groups at the expense of the broader citizenry. This problem came to the fore once again with legislation that would have allowed communities to block improvements to the state highway system.

Senate Bill 86 would have required the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to pay for an economic impact study for any highway construction project that would bypass any municipality in Oklahoma. Those studies, which would be “in addition” to any study already required by state or federal law, would cost ODOT an estimated $50,000 to $100,000 apiece, and would focus only on the bypass' economic impact upon the bypassed community.

The bill would have then granted the local municipality effective veto power over any bypass project and prevented state officials from adding a bypass to the state's eight-year road plan... FULL ARTICLE

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