Oklahoma Transportation Commission OKs roads and bridges project

The Oklahoma Transporation Commission has approved an eight-year, $6 billion plan to refurbish the state's roads and bridges.
BY TIM TALLEY Published: October 8, 2013
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“We're not going to get out of the pavement problem in one year,” he said. “It'll take a number of years to do that.”

One project in the plan that's already underway is two phases of the Interstate 44/Interstate 235 interchange reconstruction in Oklahoma City. The additional projects are scheduled to begin in 2015.

The plan also fully funds the $125 million reconstruction of the Interstate 35 and Interstate 240 interchange on Oklahoma City's southeast side, as well as a $20 million project to replace the U.S. 169 truss bridges over Bird Creek between Tulsa and Owasso, which has been advanced to 2015.

The commission also addressed county roads and bridges, approving a five-year, $900 million improvement plan. Commissioners approved an unrelated $26 million contract to reconnect the east end of the new I-40 Crosstown Expressway to downtown Oklahoma City. Construction on that project is expected to begin early next year.

The county road and bridge plan continues the agency's efforts to use more than 2,000 recycled bridge beams from the old I-40 expressway bridge for use on county bridge replacement projects. Since late 2012, more than 25 county bridge projects have used recycled beams and 13 more are under construction.

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We're not going to get out of the pavement problem in one year. It'll take a number of years to do that.”

Mike Patterson,
Transportation Department executive director

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