Bill to Restore County Roads and Bridge Funding Clears Senate Committee

Legislative Update

A bill that will restore $30 million to the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges fund recently passed the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill previously passed the House. The title is on this bill, which means once it passes the full Senate it can proceed straight to the governor to be signed into law.

 This is good news for our county roads and bridges. Restoring this funding will help get our county projects back on track. The money was diverted in a previous year to help solve budget shortfalls in other areas, but I’ve watched like a hawk to make sure it was restored to this needed area.

When Republicans gained the majority in state government in 2004, we made transportation a priority. We’ve drastically reduced the number of structurally deficient bridges in our state and completed thousands of miles of road projects. At one time, there was more than 1,800 structurally deficient bridge in Oklahoma; now there are less than 200.

 

 

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