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Traffic Talk: Plenty of work coming on Oklahoma roads

Don Gammill: New plan for Oklahoma highways and roadways should provide improved passage in many areas when completed by 2021.
By DON GAMMILL Published: October 14, 2013

Here's a route we can be happy to travel. You have to believe the direction eventually will take us on better roads in Oklahoma.

When the state Transportation Commission last week adopted a $6 billion, eight-year highway and bridge construction plan, there was a lot of potential good news there, including:

Almost 2,000 individual projects to be completed by 2021.

Replacing or repairing 924 bridges.

Improving 657 miles of two-lane highways and 552 miles of high-volume highways and interstates.

Interstate 44/Interstate 235 interchange reconstruction in Oklahoma City (already underway).

Full funding for $125 million reconstruction of the Interstate 35 and Interstate 240 interchange in southeast Oklahoma City.

Replacing U.S. 169 truss bridges over Bird Creek between Tulsa and Owasso.

Repaving on many state roadways.

That's a pretty impressive list, but it's not everything the transportation department intends to take on. If all goes according to plan, you'll be seeing lots of work along our major roadways.

It won't all happen at once, of course. Transportation Department Executive Director Mike Patterson said of the pavement work, for instance: “We're not going to get out of the pavement problem in one year. It'll take a number of years to do that.”

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