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State progresses on bridge, road work

State progresses on bridge, road work

February 16, 2010

James Coburn

The Edmond Sun

— The Oklahoma Department of Transportation continues to make progress on rebuilding structurally obsolete bridges as state revenue budget shortfalls impact all areas of state government, said Gary Ridley, state secretary of transportation.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. ODOT was awarded $465 million in federal stimulus funds to use, said Terri Angier, ODOT spokeswoman.

“We have some 6,800 bridges on the state system. A little over 1,600 of those are structurally inefficient,” Ridley said before members of the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday afternoon at Oak Tree Country Club.

The annual investment in bridge rehabilitation is $20 million, Ridley said. ODOT has replaced or rehabilitated 470 bridges since 2006, the most of any four-year period since the interstate system was built in Oklahoma, Ridley said... FULL ARTICLE


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