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Oklahoma moves to No. 7 in best highway bridge conditions – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma 2021-09-09 10:53:29 –

Tulsa, Oklahoma — Oklahoma continues to raise the quality ranking of bridges from 9.NS ~ 7NS With new data released this week.

The improvement is not even compared to almost 20 years ago when the state was ranked 49th.

The state wants to keep drivers at the forefront. Bobby Stem, secretary general of the Oklahoma General Contractors Association, said the tragic accident in 2004 caused the state to begin paying more attention to the bridge.

“It really sparked almost 20 years ago when a lump of concrete fell off the bridge, passed through a person’s windshield and killed them,” Stem said.

“The last thing we need is a dangerous bridge,” he said.

Over the last 15 years, the state has invested more than $ 6 billion to significantly improve Oklahoma’s bridges, which has come a long way.

It is currently ranked 7th for having some of the best bridges in the country. In the process of improvement, a series of bridges surrounding the IDL project and downtown Tulsa.

“They were very dangerous at some point, and they were rehabilitated, if not replaced, and they are still safer,” Stem said.

Other projects they are currently working on are 1-44 and Hwy75.

Stem said he is working to replace the bridge, improve traffic flow at the interchange and make it safer for the driver.

“There is a lot of traffic today, and to avoid collisions, we need to be able to move that traffic better,” says Stem.

Now that the state has made the bridge safer, Stem said it will focus on improving road conditions and expanding the state’s rural areas.

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