Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Cultural Roots Focus of 2017 State Map

The Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation is urging travelers to explore the deep roots of Oklahoma's unique cultural beginnings in the new, official 2017 state map now available to travelers. One can discover how this great state has grown into a southern melting pot that people from many cultures call home today. The bi-fold map explores the pathways forged to this state by those seeking a new life and opportunity and illustrates the state's continuous ability to meld and expand its often surprising cultural roots. While there are a variety of festivals and events to experience, one can get immersed in a British garden at Bivin Gardens in Shidler or tour Boley, founded in 1903 as an all-black town, or visit Lovera's in Krebs for a glimpse of Italian culture and food.

A highlight of the map is a message from Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, recognizing how Oklahoma has embraced its diverse people with open arms and encouraging families to explore the unique experiences each culture has to offer.

Traveler information such as a state parks facilities guide, helpful phone numbers and website addresses such as are included to assist drivers while traveling in our state. Also included are detailed maps of Oklahoma City, Tulsa, the Capitol area, Lawton/Ft. Sill, Enid, Stillwater and Muskogee, a mileage chart and all turnpike routes.

Design and development of the state map is a continual process among ODOT and its partners, the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. Planning for this map began in early 2015. This year, a total of 800,000 copies of the 2017-2018 state map are being printed in two cycles at an estimated total cost of $190,000. A second dual reprint is planned for 2018. 

Maps are free of charge at any of the 12 Welcome Centers statewide, all ODOT division offices and the Tourism and Recreation Department offices. The map is also available to view on the ODOT website at under Traffic & Travel > Traveler's Information.

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