Transportation
8:04 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Hundreds Of Oklahoma Bridges Outdated, In Poor Condition

Despite increases in transportation funding and an aggressive program to improve the state's roads and bridges, federal data shows hundreds of Oklahoma bridges are outdated and in poor condition.

Highway 51 bridge between Wagoner and Coweta, Okla. taken in 2009. After years of serving it's purpose, it is being replaced by a more standardized and safer deck.
Highway 51 bridge between Wagoner and Coweta, Okla. taken in 2009. After years of serving it's purpose, it is being replaced by a more standardized and safer deck.
Credit doug_wertman / Flickr Creative Commons

An Associated Press analysis of bridges in the National Bridge Inventory shows Oklahoma had 414 bridges across the state that are both structurally deficient and fracture critical.

State transportation officials say that number has since been reduced to 348 as a result of increased funding for programs to fix and replace both state and county bridges, but acknowledge more work is needed.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation spokeswoman Terry Angier says Oklahoma had underfunded transportation for decades, resulting in a huge backlog of bridges in need of repair or replacement.

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