TULSA - The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has to cut nearly $30 million from its budget for the 2015 fiscal year.
ODOT Executive Director Mike Patterson announced the cuts this week.
The $28.5 million cut comes as a result of a budget compromise reached between legislators and Gov. Mary Fallin during the session which ended last week.
ODOT was one of several agencies that got a 5.5 percent reduction in fiscal 2015 funding, about $11 million.
The cuts affect the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1.
While the cut is significant, Patterson says it won't affect the agency's eight-year plan for roads and bridges.
It also shouldn't mean any layoffs, but ODOT will likely have to defer some equipment purchases.
The Legislature also appropriated some $17.5 million generated by weigh stations, meaning the agency will also have to consider how to keep them operational while deferring any improvements.
That brings the ODOT total cut to the $28.5 million figure.