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Stitt: Oklahoma highway bridges climbing to best in nation

OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Kevin Stitt said Tuesday Oklahoma bridges on the highway system are nearing the top of the list for the best in the nation.

In its recent annual bridge inspection report, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation identified 132, or less than 2 percent, of the 6,800 total bridges on the highway system as rated structurally deficient or poor. The highway system includes non-tolled state, U.S. and interstate highways maintained by ODOT. Bridges on city streets and county roads are maintained separately by local governments.

“I’ve made it clear that I believe Oklahoma can be a top 10 state in infrastructure, and we are quickly approaching that goal with our highway bridges.” Stitt said. “I want to continue this momentum as we address other critical infrastructure needs like pavement conditions and two-lane highways as well.”

In 2004, 1,168, or 17%, of bridges were rated structurally deficient and Oklahoma had been ranked at the bottom nationwide in bridge conditions. Through its Eight-year Construction Work Plan, ODOT made the bridge infrastructure a top priority and has replaced or rehabilitated more than 1,400 bridges since 2006. Nearly all remaining structurally deficient bridges are either currently under construction or scheduled in the Eight-year Plan to begin construction in the next year.

–Staff report

About Bo Broadwater

Bo Broadwater joined The Journal Record Legislative Report as legislative report manager in October 2017. Bo is a member of the Warr Acres City Council and very active in his community. For the past several years, he has been the owner of a small business that provides window treatments such as shutters, blinds and shades as well as window and door replacement. He was a candidate for the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2016. He attended Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City and the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a degree political science.

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