Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s meeting Sept. 10 included approval of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) annually-rebalanced Eight-Year Construction Work Plan and its Asset Preservation Plan and adoption of the updated County Improvements for Roads and Bridges plan.
The commission voted unanimously to approve ODOT’s Eight-Year Construction Work Plan for Federal Fiscal Years 2019-2026, which contains nearly $6.5 billion in planned work on state bridges and highways during the next eight years. The plan prioritizes critically needed highway projects and is updated each year based on projections of available state and federal funding. This year's plan includes 1,386 projects, construction of more than 720 miles of shoulders or other improvements to two-lane highways and 686 highway bridge replacements or major rehabilitations.
In Sequoyah County for 2019, the plan includes a $24 million project, to be let in May 2019, for pavement rehabilitation on Interstate 40 from Mile Marker 292 to 298, east and westbound; a $5.9 million project, to be let in May, for two bridges over Little Vian Creek, 0.63 miles west of State Highway 82 and 1.1 miles east of State Highway 82; an $825,000, to be let in June 2019, to improve right-of-way on 3.3 miles along State Highway 10A from two miles east of State Highway 10 junction east to State Highway 100 junction; and a $261,000 project, to be let in June, for utilities along 3.3 miles along State Highway 10A from two miles east of State Highway 10 junction east to State Highway 100 junction.
The $473 million Asset Preservation Plan for State Fiscal Years 2019-2022 is a companion to the Eight-Year Construction Work Plan and focuses on preventive maintenance projects designed to extend the life of highway infrastructure. The plan features nearly 400 projects and includes 44 projects to improve highways to Americans with Disabilities Act standards by constructing curb ramps, sidewalks and crosswalks and installing traffic signal push buttons for pedestrians.
Also approved was the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges Construction Work Plan for Fiscal Years 2019-2023. The latest plan calls for $877 million in improvements, most of the bridge projects will be replacements and nearly 40 projects use recycled bridge beams from the I-40 Crosstown project in Oklahoma City. The CIRB enables county commissioners to develop and schedule projects to improve roads and bridges on their system and is the one county program for which ODOT has oversight responsibility on construction contracts.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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