Oklahoma DOT Announces Billions in Roads and Bridges Improvements

Oct. 3, 2023
400 structurally deficient bridges in the state will be addressed.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently announced more than $9 billion in upgrades to state highways as part of its Eight-Year Construction Work Plan and Four-Year Asset Preservation Program.

Approved Monday by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission, the Federal Fiscal Year 2024-2031 Eight-Year Construction Work Plan contains $8.8 billion worth of critically needed transportation improvement projects designed to improve the safety and reliability of Oklahoma’s highway network.

The companion 2024-2027 Asset Preservation Plan includes a nearly $500 million investment in preventative maintenance to extend the life of the state’s highway infrastructure.

The two plans together will address the 15 remaining structurally deficient highway bridges in the state that were not already under contract for rehabilitation or replacement. Another 395 bridges at risk of becoming structurally deficient are also included. The Construction Work Plan also includes 1,100 miles of improvements to 2-lane highways with deficient shoulders.

“Through the dedicated focus of the Eight-Year Plan, the department has been able to address critical highway infrastructure needs, especially on our bridges,” said Secretary of Transportation and ODOT Executive Director Tim Gatz. “We’re adjusting that focus in recent years to improve more of those rural two-lane highways that need shoulders. This is will have a tremendous impact on safety in rural areas. Maintaining safe and effective routes on Oklahoma’s highway system is a critical part of the state’s economy that keeps us connected to the nation and the world.”

Details about the upcoming plans are listed below:

FFY 2024-2031 Eight-Year Construction Work Plan

  • $8.8 billion in total investment
  • 1,738 total projects
  • Addresses 643 bridges through rehabilitation or replacement
  • Nearly 3,800 miles of roadway improvements, which includes more than 1,100 miles of safety improvements on two-lane highways with deficient or no shoulders.

FY2024-2027 Asset Preservation Plan

  • $497 million in total investment
  • 290 total projects
  • Rehabilitation of 146 highway bridges
  • More than 1,800 miles of pavement resurfacing

More about specific projects can be found on ODOT's website


Source: The Oklahoma Department of Transportation