In 2017, the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation will continue the Eight-Year Construction Work Plan designed to improve state and U.S. highways, interstates, roads and bridges. At the direction of these organizations, contractors, elected officials and state leaders come together to strengthen Oklahoma’s infrastructure.

"Improving Oklahoma's roads and bridges is our number one priority, and we are excited to continue work on the eight-year plan,” said AOGC Executive Director Bobby Stem. "The current eight-year plan is providing much-needed improvements   to our roads and bridges. However, as we approach the upcoming legislative session and the looming hole in the state budget, we must remain cognizant of the need to continually improve our transportation infrastructure in order to provide safe roads and bridges for Oklahomans." 

The Eight-Year Construction Plan calls for 1,812 improvement projects statewide, many local projects are included in the total. The plan will initiate projects in across the state of Oklahoma.

In Pottawatomie County, work is planned to improve roads along SH-39 6.5 miles east of Cleveland County line, I-40 over County Road and Union Pacific over US-270. Total costs are projected to be approximately $13,159,170 in 2017, with additional projects taking place in following years. Pottawatomie County will see multiple benefits as a result of these improvements, including job growth, economic development and new involvement throughout the community.

Expectations are high for this year’s developments. Governor Mary Fallin, state legislators, ODOT and AOGC are committed to developing Oklahoma’s infrastructure and look forward to the improvements planned for deficient roads and bridges across the state.