Oklahoma

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao recently announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's Build America Bureau will provide up to a $120.1 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) to help finance the Gilcrease Expressway West Project in Oklahoma.

Will Rogers, the Oklahoma-born actor, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist and social commentator for whom the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City is named, once said, "If you want to be successful, it's just this simple: Know what you are doing.

An artist in Norman, Okla., Jocelyn Russell, was commissioned to create a 3,800 lb. bronze statue of Secretariat racing with its famed jockey, Ron Turcotte. Wilhite Crane & Rigging of Lexington lifted the Secretariat statue in late fall 2019. The statue was lifted with its Link-Belt 60-ton HTC-8660 Series II.

An Oklahoma construction executive has been elected 2020 chairman of the board of directors of TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Kenneth K. Wert, chairman of Haskell Lemon Construction Co. , joined the TRIP board of directors in 2012 and was appointed to its executive committee in 2016.

Trail King Industries Inc. , a North American trailer manufacturer of open deck and materials hauling trailers serving a wide variety of markets, announced the recent hire of Mark Hartman, who joins the Trail King Sales department as a district sales manager.

With more than a decade and a half of improvements on Oklahoma's highways and interstates under its belt, this year's updated Eight-year Construction Work Plan is paired with newly refined goals to further address the most critical issues affecting drivers every day.

After years of planning, countless hours in the design room and input from the public, the U.S.-69/75 corridor in Bryan County is a giant step closer to a major reconstruction due to a federal FASTLANE Grant received in 2016. The contract was awarded by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission at its August meeting to Duit Construction of Edmond at more than $150 million, with a significant $62 million coming from federal funds.

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), along with Govs. Kevin Stitt (R-Okla.) and Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.), announced provisions in America's Transportation Infrastructure Act that outline the future for modernizing the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), along with Govs. Kevin Stitt (R-Okla.) and Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.), announced provisions in America's Transportation Infrastructure Act that outline the future for modernizing the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.

Kirby-Smith Machinery Inc. announced the promotion of Chuck Riddle to Governmental Sales Manager. Riddle had previously served as Governmental Sales Manager of Oklahoma. With this expanded role, he will now oversee all governmental sales activities for the company's 11 locations throughout Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Missouri.

White Star Machinery held a ribbon-cutting open house July 12, 2019, in Tulsa, Okla. The event was held to take the wraps off the company's new facility at 12611 East 60th St. in Tulsa. During the event, Bobcat officials also presented Whitestar with a large commemorative plaque recognizing the dealer's 50 years as a Bobcat dealer.