The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has slashed the number of deficient highway bridges by about 30% in seven years.
As of 2009 — the latest year of ODOT bridge data available — fewer than 800 bridges on the state highway system needed significant repairs or replacement. The system contains about 6,700 bridges, the Tulsa World reported.
“We are very pleased with the progress we’ve been able to make in the past five or six years, but we’re cautious to say we’re not done,” said Gary Evans, ODOT deputy director and chief engineer. “We need to stay the course.”