By Tim Talley
OKLAHOMA CITY - A $6 billion, eight-year highway and bridge construction plan was adopted Monday by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission.
The ambitious plan includes almost 2,000 individual projects to be completed by 2021, including replacing or rehabbing 924 bridges and improving 657 miles of two-lane highways and 552 miles of high-volume highways and interstates.
The plan is funded by a combination of federal and state transportation dollars. Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials said the construction plan and a separate initiative to preserve existing roads and bridges will ensure that all remaining structurally deficient bridges in the state will be repaired or replaced by the end of the decade.
"We're focused on our bridge problems," ODOT Executive Director Mike Patterson said.