Oklahoma Department of Transportation

Oklahoma Department of Transportation

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is in the middle of a process to consolidate some of the functions it shares with the state turnpike authority and aeronautics commission, and ODOT is making some internal changes as well.

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A state commission gave the green light on Monday to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s new $7.7 billion, eight-year construction plan.

The plan is updated annually, and the new one covering through federal fiscal year 2029 covers about 300 more projects and $1.6 billion more than the previous version.


A major project starts Monday on the Inner Dispersal Loop.

A $26 million resurfacing project gets underway on U.S. 75. That’s the east leg of the IDL. Southbound lanes will be closed starting Monday, with detours to other segments.

The east leg is the last of the IDL's four sections to get a full overhaul. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation started IDL projects in 2009, using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

ODOT warns drivers to expect significant delays, especially during rush hours. 

Some segments of Oklahoma highways are getting renumbered.

The state transportation commission approved a slate of them last week, including a new State Highway 375 designation that includes the Indian Nations Turnpike and creation of I-240, a loop around the Oklahoma City metro that spans I-40 and the Kickapoo and Kilpatrick Turnpikes.

Transportation Secretary Tom Gatz said the changes will help drivers and any devices they use with navigation, especially with the OKC metro loop.

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The Oklahoma Transportation Commission signed off Monday on an updated five-year work plan for county roads and bridges.

State lawmakers created the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges program in 2006 in order to help local governments pay for projects they couldn’t afford on their own. The updated plan covers work through fiscal year 2026.

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The state's top transportation official said the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is already making progress on recommendations a legislative watchdog made last month.

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The state transportation commission on Monday signed off on a nearly $1.8 billion work program budget for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Oklahoma’s top transportation official said improvements in partnership with the Chickasaw Nation to relieve traffic backups on I-35 at Highway 9 are on hold because they’re not the right solution, not because he consulted with the governor’s office, which has come out against the project.

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is asking drivers to prepare for the spring and summer construction season.

"In fact, there will be nearly 270 highway work zones along with numerous temporary maintenance work zones statewide throughout summer. This work is critical to maintain and improve our highway and interstate infrastructure and bridges," said ODOT Chief Engineer Brian Taylor.

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More work is coming to the Inner Dispersal Loop.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved on Monday a $31 million contract for a project including pavement and bridge rehabilitation on the east leg.

"This is the fourth and final leg of the downtown highway loop, and it’ll be a full-depth pavement reconstruction. We began working on the IDL in 2009 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the stimulus program that came into being in 2009," said Oklahoma Department of Transportation Executive Director Tim Gatz.

Commuters to and from Owasso, prepare for delays.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved a $1 million emergency contract Monday to repair pavement damage over a stretch of U.S. 169 caused by February’s winter storms. About a quarter mile of the highway around State Highway 266 needs to be fixed. Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews performed some road repairs there last week, but pavement in other spots deteriorated soon after.

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has received $154 million from the federal coronavirus relief package passed in December.

State Secretary of Transportation and ODOT Executive Director Tim Gatz plans to put a portion of that into the agency’s asset preservation fund. He said the timing of a cash infusion for road repairs couldn’t be better.

"I can’t emphasize enough the impact that two weeks of subfreezing weather conditions are going to have on our pavement structures for the springtime," Gatz told the Oklahoma Transportation Commission last week.


The Oklahoma Department of Transportation expects a $150 million dollar boost from the $900 billion coronavirus relief package passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump last month.

The legislation included $10 billion for state departments of transportation. Exact allocations will be determined later this month. ODOT Executive Director and State Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz wants to use Oklahoma's to offset increased spending on winter storm response and spend the money on projects.


The Oklahoma Transportation Commission on Monday gave the green light to the state transportation department’s latest eight-year construction plan.

The work plan covers federal fiscal years 2021 through 2028.

"That plan has over $6 billion and more than 1,300 critical highway and bridge improvement projects included," said Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation and ODOT Executive Director Tim Gatz.

President Donald Trump signed a stopgap spending bill last week before going to Walter Reed Medical Center because of COVID-19.

Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz told the state’s transportation commission on Monday that’s good news.

"That translates for the department of transportation to the point that we will have federal aid funding through Dec. 11. That will get us out of the starting blocks for federal fiscal year 21 and allow us to continue to make progress," Gatz said.

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I-44 and U.S. 75 in Tulsa are officially in line for an overhaul.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission awarded a construction contract for the replacement of five bridges and widening of I-44 from the western bank of the Arkansas River to Union Avenue.

"That contract is a major improvement at Interstate 44 and the U.S. 75 interchange in Tulsa. Contract is about a $90 million contract," said Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz.


Sixteen years after being in 49th place for bridge conditions in the country, Oklahoma now ranks ninth.

At last count, 86 bridges on the state highway system — 1.3% — were considered structurally deficient. That’s down from almost 20% in 2004, thanks to 15 years of dedicated state funding and chasing federal grants to fix the problem.

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First it was turnpikes, now rural stretches of interstate in Oklahoma are getting higher speed limits.

A total of 399 miles along I-35 and I-40 will get 75 mph limits posted in the coming months.

"A comprehensive engineering study was completed for these locations in accordance with Department of Transportation rules, regulations and policies. We have a commitment to safety," said State Traffic Engineer Chad Pendley.

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Tulsa County updates plan for replacing bad bridges

Apr 4, 2012
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Tulsa County leaders update a plan for improving bridges and some roadways over the next eight years. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is asking for an eight year plan instead of a five year plan as in the past.

Chief Tulsa County Engineer Tom Rains says the state rates bridges in the county, and those at the bottom of the list that need to be replaced are used to prioritize the transportation plan. More funds may be available in future years due to Governor Fallin’s plan to add dollars for upgrading bridges throughout the state.