Tulsa World Randy Krehbiel
September 21, 2020
Oklahoma has greatly improved its roads and bridges over the past decade and a half, but still has a long way to go — literally and figuratively — especially on the 83,000 miles and 13,600 bridges maintained by the state’s 77 county governments. County governments are responsible for three-fourths of the state’s road miles and two-thirds of its bridges, according to figures presented to a legislative interim study earlier this month. One in six county bridges cannot support a loaded school bus, Muskogee County Commissioner Ken Doke told the panel. Eighty-five percent of the state’s deficient bridges are on county road systems. Counties are even responsible for almost 5,000 miles of streets in more than 500 communities across the state.
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