OK infrastructure overhaul results in state’s rise from 49th in FHWA’s bridge-condition to TOP 10

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By The Trucker News Staff

August 17, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma highway bridge conditions are “making the grade” by moving from among the worst in the nation to the head of the class, achieving Top 10 status for the first time by ranking ninth this year, according to the latest data from the Federal Highway Administration (FWA).

The state ranked as low as 49th place in 2004 in national bridge-condition rankings due to the number of structurally deficient bridges on the state highway system. At that time, nearly 1,200 of Oklahoma’s 6,800 highway bridges needed major rehabilitation or replacement.

“‘Top 10’ isn’t just a slogan. It is the vision that helps form and guide our road map to improving state government and changing the future of all 4 million Oklahomans for the better,” said Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt. “Transportation is the backbone of the economy, and this designation shows Oklahoma is a new national leader in highway bridge infrastructure thanks to the dedication of ODOT employees and an unprecedented investment in our bridges by the Legislature.”

The green dots on this map show the progress made by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation since 2004 in replacing or rehabilitating nearly 1,600 structurally deficient bridges. The red dots represent the remaining 86 structurally deficient bridges, many of which are already scheduled for construction or to be addressed in the department’s eight-year construction plan. (Courtesy: Oklahoma Department of Transportation)

In 2005, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) embarked on a massive effort to improve highway bridges after decades of underfunding to transportation infrastructure took a toll, causing a backlog of critically needed projects. A targeted approach to fixing the state’s bridges began taking shape through a series of legislative funding mechanisms and identifying key funding opportunities by the congressional delegation. View the full article: TheTrucker.com

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