As another decade comes to a close, many of us will reflect on what has changed about ourselves and our surroundings. While there are many things that have changed in Oklahoma, some never will. One that comes to mind is Oklahoma traffic. It’s the type traffic that’s typically fine unless you’re late for work or need to get to an OU game; then it’s a mobile, never-ending purgatory.
Whether you care for Oklahoma traffic or not, there are some that think ODOT is the best thing that happened to this state. Those people just happen to be ODOT’s bridge workers.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation released its 2019 year-end report Friday.
The report highlights some of the agencies biggest projects in 2019 and those set to begin in 2020.
“We have some of the worse bridges ratings in the entire nation,” said Cody Boyde with the Oklahaoma Department of Transportation.
Which is why in 2019 ODOT made bridge repair a top priority. The goal, according to Boyde, is to have 99% of the bridges in the ODOT bridge system rated structurally efficient.
“This is a very ambitious goal that would put us among the top 10 in state DOT’s in terms of bridge ratings in the nation,” said Boyde.
That’s great and not alarming at all. “Our goal is to make 99% of our bridges are structurally sufficient.” I think you found a new state motto, Okla X.
Also, what is with Oklahoma’s obsession in being in the top 10? Why not start off with something more attainable like not being in dead last for every statistic that isn’t terrible? Oklahoma needs to stop thinking like Ricky Bobby; it’s fine to be in the middle so long as you’re not at the bottom.
As far as bridge projects in 2020?
“In Oklahoma City metro area drivers are very familiar with some of the worst bridges that we have left and those are on I-40 in Del City,” said Boyde.
They would be the I-40 bridges over Crutcho Creek and SE 15th Street and Sooner Road.
Boyde said the three bridges going in each direction will be replaced at the same time.
Bids for the project will begin in February. It is expected to be completed in late 2022.
“It will definitely be a traffic headache,” said Boyde.
No shit, ODOT. Perhaps you should learn all the backroads to all your favorite spots for your New Year’s resolution.