State leads nation in road stimulus spending

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State transportation officials say Oklahoma
leads the nation in the percentage of federal economic stimulus money that has been spent on road and bridge improvements.

Oklahoma received $465 million in stimulus money for road and bridge improvements and other transportation projects. The state has already spent $320 million, including a $75 million project awarded Monday to improve part of Interstate 244 in Tulsa.

The director of the Department of Transportation, Gary Ridley, says the project is the single largest project the agency has ever awarded. Ridley says it could not have been accomplished without the federal stimulus money.

The project will replace the pavement along three miles of I-244 near downtown Tulsa and will re-deck more than 40 bridges. About 62,000 vehicles use the corridor daily.

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