Fallin announces plan to fix bridges

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

BRYAN COUNTY, OK-- Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed House bills 2248 and 2249 into law Monday, to fix or replace the 706 bridges across the state that have been deemed structurally deficient.

The bills will increase road funding to $59.7 million in the next fiscal year, and will increase the "County Improvement for Roads and Bridges" fund from $80 million to $111 million.

About 40 of the old bridges on the list can be found in Bryan County.

"Many of these bridges are old and they've worn out over a period of time. And many of them were never designed to support the loads that are being expected of them to support now," said Bryan County Commissioner, Monty Montgomery.

Montgomery says they need this state money because rebuilding isn't cheap.

"Counties don't have, we don't even have the type of funds to even approach what it would take to make these, replace any bridges. Now we can make some minor repairs to bridges with the funding we have, but in order to replace a bridge, I don't know that you'll find a bridge in Bryan county that could be replaced for less than $300,000."

That is on the low end. County residents say one bridge in particular, the Carpenter's Bluff bridge, could definitely use some TLC.

"It's a terrible bridge. I don't even want to cross. It just looks unsafe to even think about going over it," said Mead resident, Gary Vaughn

"Funding is already in place for that bridge, and it's expected to be an excess of $10 million to replace that bridge," said Montgomery.

It is unknown which bridges will be replaced or repaired first. That will be decided when the funds start coming in.

"These additional funds are going to be very appreciative and we appreciate the governor signing this," said Montgomery.

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  • by Doc Location: Durant on Jun 15, 2012 at 10:43 AM
    WOW! Joey and TR should run for office because they have consumed so much of that partisan kool-aid. You two stand so boldly on one side of the party line that your statements represent the single biggest problem with our government; PARTISAN POLITICS!
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      by Joey on Jun 15, 2012 at 07:54 PM in reply to Doc
      Partisan kool-aid, huh? I for one am all for repairing and/or replacing our nations infrastucture. What amazes me is that when a Democrat, and Obama in particular proposes it, folks rant about government spending, socialism, communism, birth certificates, and whatever the far right rant of the mmonth may be. However, you have a Republican governor taking at least some action to rebuild Oklahoma bridges, and the commie hunters fall silent, except for comments about kool-aid. If you recall, it was a Republican President (Ike) that initiated the building of the interstae highway system. It not only helped spur unprecedented economic growth, but it also created jobs. Furthermore, it was designed to be an essential part of our national defense. There is a bill before Congress that would initiate the first step to rebuiding the system. It would create a million jobs, but the Republicans in Congress won't get on board. That's a million, mostly private sector jobs, and the Republicans in Congress won't budge because they want to keep the jobless numbers high in order to gain political benefit, and that ain't kool-aid. Nor is it standing on one side of the party line. During the mid-terms all we heard was jobs, jobs, jobs, and afterwards all we've gotten is no, no, no.
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        by Logic on Jun 19, 2012 at 09:31 AM in reply to Joey
        I wonder how he can even respond to you. EVERYTHING you said is fact. Will he admit that? Don't hold your breath. ANY project advocated by someone with an (R) in front of their name = Good policy. ANY project advocated by someone with a (D) in front of their name = COMMUNISM! Doesn't matter what it is, all that matters to people like DOC is what party it came from...and you really can't get more partisan than that! Republicans have voted against their OWN legislation since Obama has been in office for the sole purpose of stalling progress..preventing ANY positive legislation from getting through. They use the filibuster now as routine. Will Doc admit this?
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      by Mike H. on Jun 19, 2012 at 09:40 AM in reply to Doc
      Republicans have acted like nothing but petulant children always threatening to take their ball and go home since the day Obama came in office. They vilify Obamacare on one hand and support Romneycare on the other...both almost mirror images of each other! I am 58 years old and have NEVER seen such obstructionism as we see today in the Republican party. I think only a partisan themselves can't see this happening...
  • by Joey Location: Denison on Jun 7, 2012 at 08:06 AM
    it's good Obama hasn't proposed fixng our nations bridges. We'd be hearing nothing but rants about socialism, communism, etc. Wait a minute, I beleive he has proposed doing this, but the Republicans in Congress are blocking it. Maybe they are waiting until a Republican commie like Comrade Fallin gets elected President.
  • by Typical Republican on Jun 6, 2012 at 12:08 AM
    Hey! I don't like Big Government telling us what to do! How dare Big Govt. care about the safety of citizens! Stay out of my life Big Govt! Where's all all my Republican and Conservative friends on this!
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      by What a moron on Jun 7, 2012 at 01:40 PM in reply to Typical Republican
      you have no friends
  • by tommy Location: texoma on Jun 5, 2012 at 03:17 PM
    fallin better hurry cause some bridges are about fallin down,havent they been shootin their mouth off about fixing the bridges for the last 3 govenors ? and the last govenor got the money to do it but some how it disappered into thin air and they never found out were it went.706 bridges man thats going to be alot of loot,wonder if it will disappear?
  • by worried Location: hendrix on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM
    Carpenter Bluff Bridge is in desperate need of repair. Lots of vehicle accidents resulting in injuries. Scary. County Commissioner Simmons had a chance to repair it earlier but refused due to his ego.
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      by Cherry Mound on Jun 6, 2012 at 01:10 PM in reply to worried
      Repair? Replace is the only logical solution. This thing is a death trap!
  • by george Location: durant on Jun 5, 2012 at 04:53 AM
    where is this money coming from?
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      by bubba j on Jun 5, 2012 at 12:11 PM in reply to george
      where have you been? We just print more of it, it will all work out....
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 06:42 PM in reply to george
      Education. Senior citizen's health care. Women's health care. And any other thing that Conservatives are against.
      • reply
        by Independant Voter on Jun 6, 2012 at 01:15 PM in reply to
        Some of you are very ignorant and nieve. 1 nation divided.
      • reply
        by James on Jun 6, 2012 at 01:25 PM in reply to
        A true believer of false liberal rhetoric. What other lies do you believe? That all conservatives are racists, if you don't like the president your a racist? Liberals are so predictable and absolutely ridiculously gullible.
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          by Mickey on Jun 12, 2012 at 09:22 PM in reply to James
          Of course, not ALL conservatives are racist. Furthermore, not ALL who don't like the President are racists either. However, it's probably safe to say that 90% of racists consider themselves conservative, and and more than 90% of racists don't like the President. While it may be true that many liberals may be predictable and gullible, they are no more predictable or gullible than conservatives. Afterall, they are supporting Romney who has been on both sides of every issue throughout his political career. They believe anything he says, and he'll tell them anything he thinks they want to hear knowing that they'll believe him. You can't get much more predictable or gullible than that.
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          by Dude on Jun 13, 2012 at 09:20 AM in reply to James
          You're quite the researcher, aye Mickey? Got some hard fact there big'un. 90% of racists consider themselves conservative? What about racist that are not white? More than 90% of the racist don't like Obama? It's apparent that you meant to say the majority of white racist because there are just as many racist that are not white and the LOVE our current president regardless of what he does or what he says. That is election by racism. What up, homie?
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          by Mickey on Jun 14, 2012 at 07:13 AM in reply to James
          So "Dude', are you one of those who have felt downtrodden by a political and social system dominated by blacks? Did blacks enslave your forefathers, or deny you an education or right to vote or live where you choose? Apparently, you don't understand what racism is. You're one of those who thinks because blacks, who have every reason to distrust and resent whites because of the undeniable racist history of our country, are racist because they object to having been victimized. You must think that because some laws are passed, it made everything ok, and any residual effects are merely a minor inconvenience. I'm not your homie. I'm not anyones homie. As for my research, I know plenty of white N word using folks, and all of them consider themselves conservatives, and none of them would support any black guy to hold any public office. And from comments I have read on this forum it is clear, be it the birther movement, or the take our country back types, or the he's a muslim ilk, all of it, racism is a domain held firmly in the grip of whites who consider themselves conservative. And it appears you, big'un, could very well be one of them.
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          by Dude on Jun 15, 2012 at 08:15 AM in reply to James
          I have never owned a slave, nor did anyone in my family. My point is very clear and unchanged. If you think that racism is made up of white conservatives then you make my point for me. As for me sport, you got it all wrong. I see things for what they are. Theres not a racist bone in my body, I don't belong to either political party, and for every racist of a certain color I can show you another racist from a differnent ethnic background. KKK or Black Panther? I still challange your statement of "90% of all racist consider themselves conservatives" and to be accurate it should read "90% of white racist consider themselves conservatives." If you think that racism is only a one way street then you are off the mark, sport. There are many liberal racist too, dog.
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          by Mickey on Jun 16, 2012 at 07:45 AM in reply to James
          Dude, Sport, Homie, Big'un, Dog...what are you some kind of parrot of pop culture namesakes? So you "don't have a racist bone in your body." How nice. And I bet some of your best friends are black.
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          by Rodney King on Jun 18, 2012 at 07:25 AM in reply to James
          Can't We All Just Get Along?
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          by Dude on Jun 18, 2012 at 11:32 AM in reply to James
          My wife is black so are my inlaws, is that a problem?
  • by rebecca on Jun 5, 2012 at 04:41 AM
    Does Carpenter's Bluff bridge need to be replaced? Can I get an Amen!
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