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Bridge beam program stretches limited taxpayer dollars

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: August 14, 2012
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County bridges are a major cause of the ranking. Significant funding has repaired many state highway bridges in recent years. Just 634 of the 4,600 deficient bridges are on state roads. And that backlog of deficient bridges on state roads is scheduled for elimination in coming years thanks to legislation approved in the 2012 session.

In the meantime, the reuse of Crosstown beams addresses a portion of county bridge needs. The 300 bridges built with old beams will make a significant dent in the backlog of bad bridges on county roads. Although hundreds more will still remain, it's good to see policymakers stretching limited taxpayer dollars further to address a pressing need.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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