OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. —A number of Oklahoma transportation projects have been the OK, including one near Pauls Valley.

Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission meeting on Dec. 7 include details on a long-awaited federal transportation bill, recognition of an innovative Oklahoma Department of Transportation bridge project, presentation of the updated County Improvement for Roads and Bridges plan and approval of funding for major railroad crossing improvements in Chickasha.

Commissioners also awarded contracts for major interstate work in the Oklahoma City metro area and on I-35 as well as resurfacing almost six miles of SH-3 in McCurtain County.

The commission approved contracts for three I-35 projects totaling $22.6 million, including bridge replacement near Pauls Valley in Garvin County and near Blackwell in Kay County and resurfacing of 16 miles of interstate near Guthrie in Logan County.

Also awarded was a $14.7 million contract for highway and bridge reconstruction on SH-3 near Broken Bow in McCurtain County and a $5.3 million contract for street and bridge reconstruction in partnership with the City of Stillwater using federal and local funds.

In all, commissioners awarded 45 contracts totaling nearly $115 million to improve bridges, highways, interstates and roads in 35 counties.

The County Improvement for Roads and Bridges plan for State Fiscal Years 2016-2020 was approved by the commission. The $916 million plan includes projects to address 439 county bridges and 875 miles of local roads using designated federal and state funds combined with matching funds from the counties.

Each year, ODOT works with county commissioners and their Circuit Engineering Districts to identify the highest priority county road and bridge projects for inclusion in the CIRB plan.

Commissioners awarded several contracts to improve busy highways in the Oklahoma City metro area, including a contract with a $4.6 million base bid and possible financial incentives to rehabilitate nearly seven miles of I-40 in eastern Oklahoma County and install several highway message boards on I-40 and I-240 in the area.

They also awarded a nearly $9 million contract to resurface portions of I-40 and I-240 near Tinker Air Force Base and a $1.4 million contract for bridge rehabilitation on SH-66 (N.W. 39th Expressway) at the I-44 junction.

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