A contract with a base bid of more than $71 million was awarded Monday by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission, the largest construction agreement in its history. Work on the project that involves the reconstruction of two interchanges along Interstate 35 in Norman is expected to begin in early 2015.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation Director Mike Patterson praised the five-year County Improvement for Roads and Bridges (CIRB) construction work plan Monday during a Transportation Commission meeting.
The CIRB plan, which was effectively created through the passage of House Bill 1176 in 2006, allows for county officials to suggest road and bridge projects to engineers, and ultimately the state, for completion. The plan will include structurally deficient county bridges.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is unveiling plans to widen a 3-mile stretch of Oklahoma Highway 9 east of Norman.
State highway officials say there have been at least 136 wrecks on a 2-mile stretch of the highway over the past 10 years. The transportation department unveiled plans to widen the highway from two to four lanes at a public meeting Tuesday at the Little Axe Community Center.
Gov. Mary Fallin announced Wednesday she’s asking for federal aid for businesses in Purcell and Lexington affected by the closure of a state bridge that connects the two communities.
In a statement, Fallin said she’s requesting an economic injury declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration. That allows McClain and Cleveland county businesses to apply for federally subsidized loans.
Fallin declared a state of emergency two months ago that allowed state reimbursements of up to $100,000 for each of the cities and the two counties.
The Oklahoma Transportation Commission is set to meet and plans to discuss proposed state funding changes that have been passed by a state Senate committee.
The Senate Appropriations Committee last week voted 20-3 for a bill that would divert hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue from transportation directly to public schools in Oklahoma during the next several years.
Officials have restricted the weight limit on a bridge in Cleveland County after discovering significant damage to the span.
A spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation says damage was discovered during an inspection Monday to the James C. Nance bridge over the Canadian River connecting Lexington to Purcell. The Norman Transcript reports that the weight limit was initially dropped to five tons, but officials increased it to 16 tons on Tuesday.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials said Monday they will set aside plans created over the holiday break about how to handle projects or lettings in 2014, after the mid-December budget deal approved by Congress generated some funds for states.
The new budget calls for $9.6 billion to be infused into the Federal Highway Trust Fund, which reimburses ODOT for eligible projects.