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.