Oklahoma Department of Transportation

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Construction at the Oklahoma Capitol is being paid for by bonds sold by the state.
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Oklahoma’s budget shortfall and “cautious optimism” from the oil and gas sector were two of the largest themes in business news during 2017.

Speaking on KGOU’s The Business Intelligence Rerport, Journal Record editor Ted Streuli said the state’s budget woes had implications in healthcare, transportation, employment and the state’s image.

Gregg Hostetler, vice president of Infrastructure Engineers Inc. based in Edmond.
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New software will help engineers at the Oklahoma Department of Transformation determine which bridges require inspection after an earthquake.

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Driving on poorly maintained roads is costing Oklahoma drivers $5 billion dollars each year, according to a report released Wednesday.

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has completed the $75 million sale of nearly 100 miles of railroad track to Stillwater Central Railroad LLC.

ODOT and railroad officials signed the sale agreement Monday afternoon in Oklahoma City. Plans for the rail line include passenger service and hauling of freight, including crude oil.

Railroad officials said they plan to begin a trial run of passenger service in early to mid-2015. The track, which is 97. 5 miles, is from Sapulpa to Midwest City and is known as the Sooner Sub.

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Oklahoma Department of Transportation Executive Director Mike Patterson said Monday the agency is optimistic the bridge between Lexington and Purcell will reopen to traffic by June 14 as scheduled.

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Oklahomans will get a chance to offer input during several meetings next month on what the state's transportation plan should look like for the next 25 years.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is asking for feedback as it prepares the state's Long Range Transportation Plan for 2015-2040.

Public meetings are scheduled June 10 in Muskogee, June 11 in Moore and June 12 in Clinton.

New Access From I-40 To Downtown OKC Opens Friday

Dec 13, 2013
A new exit opens Friday afternoon providing better access to and from downtown Oklahoma CIty.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation

The Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation plans to open a new exit and entrance on the I-40 Crosstown through Oklahoma City in time for Friday’s rush hour. The new connection provides improved access to downtown Oklahoma City.

The new exit will open access to Virginia Ave. and Klein Ave. for eastbound traffic on I-40, eventually extending to the new Oklahoma City Blvd.

The project also gives drivers on westbound I-40 access to an on-ramp from the Oklahoma City Blvd. at Klein Ave. and Virginia Ave.

ODOT Still Concerned With Federal Funds Reimbursement

Dec 10, 2013
A new exit opens Friday afternoon providing better access to and from downtown Oklahoma CIty.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation

Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials said Monday they are still concerned with federal highway funding and how it will affect ongoing and future projects in the state.

ODOT Director Mike Patterson said in November that the agency is going be more conservative in issuing new projects because of these uncertainties in federal funding. 

Highway Interchange Called "Obsolete"

Aug 30, 2013
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said after touring an interchange redesign project in Oklahoma City that the project is an example of investing in America.

Foxx joined Gov. Mary Fallin, Sen. Jim Inhofe and Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation in touring the Interstate 44/I-235/ Broadway Extension interchange project in north Oklahoma City on Friday.

The interchange redesign is the second phase of a seven-part project to improve the interchange that the Oklahoma Department of Transportation says has about 100,000 vehicles on it each day.

ODOT: Passenger Rail Expansion "Distant"

Jul 30, 2013
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Passenger railway travel between Oklahoma City and Tulsa and Oklahoma City and Wichita Kansas may be a distant possibility, according to Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials.

David Streb, director of engineering for the department, said Monday that such developments are still a ways away despite all the buzz.

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A new study shows Oklahoma has cut its number of structurally deficient state bridges in half in less than a decade.

Department of Transportation Director Mike Patterson presented the figures Monday to the agency's governing commission. Patterson says Federal Highway Commission data shows the number of structurally deficient state bridges dropped from 1,168 in 2005 to 556 currently.