OKLAHOMA CITY - Recently, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) released its 2019-2026 Construction Work Plan for the state of Oklahoma, highlighting proposed projects statewide across eight different geographic divisions.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Recently, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) released its 2019-2026 Construction Work Plan for the state of Oklahoma, highlighting proposed projects statewide across eight different geographic divisions. This report, in its sixteenth volume, provides the priorities over the next eight years necessary to maintain the needs of the state’s highway system.
ODOT continues to face annual budget challenges, with more than $886 million in transportation dollars being redirected to other state priorities since 2010.
In presenting this proposal, ODOT hopes to help secure the necessary funding to provide the minimum in infrastructure improvements necessary to keep Oklahoma’s highways and bridges safe.
In addition, this plan provides a strategy for reaching the Governor’s goal of reducing the number of structurally deficient bridges on the state highway system to less than 1% by 2020.
Marked improvement has already been realized, with the number of structurally deficient bridges down from 1,183 in 2004 to just 169 in Septem- ber 2018, of the 6,771 bridges maintained by ODOT and its federal, county and local partners. This $6.5 billion investment would provide improvements to over 1,700 miles of the highway system by 2026.
Division 7, comprised of Caddo, Comanche, Grady, Stephens, Cotton, Jefferson, Murray, Carter, and Love counties, will see an estimated $554 million in highway and bridge improvements over the next eight years from ODOT alone.
Here are the larger proposed projects in Southwest Oklahoma through 2026:
• Grade, bridge and resurfacing 6.4 miles of SH-58 from SH-49 north for $18.5 million.
• Widen and resurfacing 3 miles of US-277 from 1.5 miles north of the Cotton Countyline for $4.3 million.
• Bridgework and resurfacing 2.1 miles of SH-5 from 3.8 miles south of SH-65 eastward for $7 million.
• Bridgework over Cox Creek on SH-5 for $1.8 million.
• Bridgework over Whiskey Creek on US-70 for $2.2million.
• Bridge over West Cache Creek and two o’flow bridges on SH-5A for $3.5 million
• Grade, bridge and resurfacing 2.9 miles of US-62 from 3.8 miles east of SH-8S for $9.3 million.
• Bridgework over Washita River and two o’flow bridges on US-281 for $22.5 million.
• Grade, bridge and resurfacing large portions of SH-9 and US-62 from Anadarko westward nearly 10 miles for $47.9 million.
• Grade and resurfacing 3.2 miles US-62 from 3.7 miles north of SH-19 southward to Hog Creek for $17.5 million.
• Realignment of US-81 from 1 mile north of US-81 and US-277 junction 8.6 miles to .8 miles north of US-62 and US- 81 junction for $251.4 million.
• Bridgework over Washita River on US-62 in both directions for $13.2 million
• Grade, bridge and resurfacing 6.7 miles of SH-19 for $51.4 million.