A monumental goal is before the Oklahoma Department of Transportation as the state agency adopts a plan that will fix all the bad bridges, currently considered structurally deficient, in 8 years.
The $5.5 billion plan approved Monday adds more than 150 bridges to the list of bridges be replaced or rehabbed because of additional funding secured by Governor Mary Fallin.
"We are hoping to turn around so that we will be known as having the best bridges in the nation as opposed to having some of the worst bridges in the nation. That is going to mean a lot of work between now and 2020," ODOT's Kenna Mitchell.
She tells KRMG the 8 year plan also includes maintaining bridges and roads.
We've learned that a project to build an overpass at Highway 75 and 116th Street North which was originally set to begin in 2015 will move up the list and start this year.
ODOT’s plan includes more than 2,000 transportation projects through 2020.
The replacement of the I-244 eastbound bridge over the Arkansas River was already on the list for replacement before Monday’s meeting.
That project will begin next year when construction is completed on the brand new westbound 244 bridge.