Roadway Update

Oklahoma City, OK – Federal funding threatens state road projects

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has set dates to open bids on road and bridge projects without knowing whether it will have enough federal dollars to pay for them.

The commission Monday set a final date to open bids in January and tentative dates for February and March bid openings. But state Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley says questions remain about how much federal aid the projects will receive.

Ridley has expressed concern about declining federal support for road and bridge projects. Oklahoma officials say plans to repair or replace hundreds of obsolete bridges and thousands of miles of defective roads will be delayed without federal aid.

Ridley says federal support for state road projects has declined by $15 million a month due to declining revenue from federal fuel taxes.

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