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, according to the latest data from the Federal Highway Administration.
On Aug. 3, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved the nearly $880 million County Improvements for Roads and Bridges plan that has been updated for State Fiscal Years 2021 through 2025, which is designed to address projects like the Belford bridge.
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.
Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission's July 1 meeting include announcement of the creation of a new transit office at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation; an update on the state's improving bridge conditions; details of emergency repair plans for highways in Canadian and Sequoyah counties damaged by spring flooding; removal of a section of SH-3 in Oklahoma County from the highway system; and approval of funding for upcoming centerline rumble strip installation.
Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission's June 3 meeting include a special presentation with Gov. Kevin Stitt congratulating Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews for workplace safety, presentation of an award for ODOT's public transit program and recognition of an Oklahoma Department of Public Safety employee by ODOT.
Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission's May 6 meeting include introduction of several new commission members, a briefing on an emergency Oklahoma Department of Transportation project to repair an I-40 bridge in El Reno and updates on recently-signed speed limit legislation and status of several projects that have been rescheduled after being delayed by the lapse in federal funding earlier this year.
With the kickoff of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's interchange improvements in Sallisaw, so began the highest-dollar project in ODOT's eastern central district, also known as Division 1. The $42 million project, awarded to Sherwood Construction of Tulsa, includes bridge rehabilitation and replacements as well as surface and interchange work.
Highway work zones are designed to keep everyone safe from the first orange cone you see all the way to the last. With hundreds of highway work zones expected to be underway across Oklahoma by the start of the summer driving season, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is putting out the call for drivers to step up their safety game.
Motorists should dust off their "Off Broadway" detour routes as the state's largest interstate work zone will launch this month at the I-235 and I-44 interchange in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is encouraging drivers to avoid the area during the nearly two-year project.
The Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma Department of Transportation are partnering to make safety improvements to an intersection on U.S. Highway 75 in Ochelata.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Cherokee Nation Department of Transportation Director Michael Lynn met with ODOT Executive Director Michael Patterson and ODOT Division Engineer Randle White in Tulsa to present the tribe's contribution of $411,000 toward the $678,000 project.
Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission's Jan. 7 meeting include an update on the impact of the lack of a federal budget or continuing resolution on Oklahoma Department of Transportation projects, acceptance of two awards for concrete paving projects and approval of funding for improvements to four railroad crossings in Oklahoma City.