Construction plan approved

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has
approved a $4 billion, eight-year construction plan that includes work on 563 bridges.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the proposal announced at Tuesday's meeting also includes more than 446 miles of shoulder and other upgrades to two-lane roads and $1.9 billion in improvements to major highways.

Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley says there are 109 more bridges in this year's proposal than in last and the work on them will cost about $260 million. Ridley says the work would help ease Oklahoma's deteriorating bridge situation.

As of 2008, Oklahoma had about 5,680 bridges that require significant maintenance, repairs or replacement.

Ridley believes it will take 12 to 15 years to alleviate the problem.

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