The Oklahoma Transportation Commission this week adopted an updated five-year County Improvements for Roads and Bridges (CIRB) plan.
The FY 2022-2026 plan includes $540 million for reconstruction or rehabilitation of 272 county bridges and improvements to more than 400 miles of county roads during the next five years, according to a press release.
The CIRB program uses designated state funding administered by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) combined with federal, local, and tribal funds for the highest priority county transportation projects. The plan is updated annually in partnership between county commissioners, their Circuit Engineering Districts, and ODOT.
“In the past fifteen years, the CIRB program has successfully helped fund major projects that no single county could’ve done on its own, including replacement of hundreds of structurally deficient county bridges,” ODOT Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz said in a statement. “We are constantly working to strengthen our relationship with county commissioners to be sure we’re helping bring the best projects forward in the CIRB plan.”
The commission approved an item to add state highway numbering to several Oklahoma turnpikes, including designating the Indian Nation Turnpike as SH 375 and the H.E. Bailey Turnpike Norman Spur as SH-4. As part of this action, the I-240 designation was added to 75 miles of highway in the Oklahoma City metro area, including all of the John Kilpatrick Turnpike and Kickapoo Turnpike along with segments of SH-152/Airport Rd., I-44, and I-40. These highway numbering changes were made to improve route consistency for drivers using mapping and navigation apps and do not add or remove any highway or turnpike mileage.
Commissioners voted to award a nearly $32 million contract for reconstruction of the I-35 bridges over U.S. 77 and the BNSF Railway near Thackerville and a more than $1 million contract for rehabilitation of the Rockwell Ave. bridge over I-40 in Oklahoma City. They also approved contracts for I-35 resurfacing between Tonkawa and Blackwell, U.S. 69/75 resurfacing near the Texas state line in Bryan County and SH 66 shoulder improvements near Wellston.
Commissioners voted to award 23 contracts totaling $91 million to improve highways, roads, and bridges in 20 counties.
SOURCE: Oklahoma Department of Transportation