Highlights of county 8-year transportation plan

The Old Highway 33 Bridge in Inola will be replaced with one that is wider and sturdier to support increased traffic.

Bridges in Foyil and Inola will soon see needed renovation, according to the 8-year roads and bridges plan the Rogers County Board of Commissioners passed Monday.

The plan is funded primarily through federal funds, allocated to Circuit Engineering District 1 by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

Circuit District 1, of which Rogers County is part, also includes Craig, Creek, Delaware, Mayes, Nowata, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Tulsa and Washington Counties.

Each year, commissioners from those counties meet to establish an 8-year plan and a balanced budget that allows each county to address necessary road and bridge infrastructure projects.

The funding pays for engineering, environmental reports, purchasing right of way, utility relocation and construction.

In the current 8-year plan, Rogers County intends to spend $30 million in federal dollars on finished and ongoing road and bridge projects, in addition to the projects they fund with county dollars.

On a landscape wrinkled with creek beds, Rogers County has several bridges where public safety could be an issue, which is why, Commissioner Dan DeLozier said, “We’re known around the state as the most aggressive when it comes to getting these projects done.”

The average length of time from start to finish for a single project is four-five years.

Every year, several projects come to fruition.

Rogers County will begin bidding and construction on five different bridges in 2020, according to the plan.

Those projects include two bridges over Sweetwater Creek at 4170 and 435 Roads, a bridge over Dog Creek at 407 and 4200 Roads, and the Old Highway 33 bridge over Highway 88.

Following those, will be projects in Chelsea and Owasso.

Over the span of the next eight years, each district is expected to spend upwards of $9 million in federal dollars on road and bridge projects.

“Without the CIRB, there are projects some counties would never be able to do,” DeLozier said.

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