Extensive road, bridge work part of state plan

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Department of Transportation will continue to have a partner in its Eight-Year Construction Plan for improving state and U.S. highways.

The Association of Oklahoma General Contractors has vowed to work with ODOT on building a better Interstate Highway System in Oklahoma. The plan includes projects in all 77 Oklahoma counties.

In Osage County, there are plans to extensively work on roads and bridges on U.S. Highway 60 and State Highways 11, 18, 20 and 99. The projected costs for these projects totals $135.5 million during the next eight years. The transformation these projects bring will almost immediately increase job growth and aid in economic development.

“Since the Eight-Year Construction Work Plan was adopted, we’ve seen a significant reduction in structurally deficient roads and bridges in this state,” said Bobby Stem, executive director of AOGC.

Stem said his association has a strong commitment to improving the state’s infrastructure for residents as well as for people traveling.

“This construction will help continue the development of our state, making Oklahoma more prosperous for generations to come,” he said.

“Gov. Mary Fallin, state legislators and AOGC have set high expectations for the completion and renovation of Oklahoma’s transportation system,” said an association official, who stressed that they all are committed to making improvements to the many deficient roads and bridges around the state.