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Despite improvements, Oklahoma is miles from completing upgrade of roads and bridges


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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