Wintry weather slickens roads in Oklahoma and Arkansas
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A winter storm packing freezing drizzle and frigid temperatures has made driving treacherous and forced schools to close across Oklahoma.
Oklahoma’s governor adds 2 more men to cabinet
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's new governor is adding an Oklahoma City restaurateur and a longtime transportation official to secretary-level positions in his cabinet.
Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday that Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Executive Director Tim Gatz will serve as his transportation secretary and O&M Restaurant Group CEO David Ostrowe will serve as his secretary of digital transformation and administration. Gatz and Ostrowe still must be confirmed by the Senate.
Federal shutdown delays some state road, bridge contracts
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Uncertainty over federal funding for transportation projects amid a partial government shutdown is forcing some states to delay contracts for new road and bridge work while others are preparing for that possibility.
Transportation officials in Oklahoma this week announced plans to delay bids on 45 highway projects worth about $137 million.
Commission OKs $105M contract for Oklahoma City highway work
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has awarded a $105 million contract to expand the interchange between interstates 235 and 44 in Oklahoma City, which transportation officials say will help end bottlenecking on the two highways that each serve nearly 100,000 motorists daily.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials have requested an audit from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to find $230 million that a local prosecutor says is missing from a county road fund.
Paul Smith, the district attorney for Pontotoc, Seminole and Hughes counties, has requested that the Oklahoma State Auditors and Inspector's Office "examine the books and accounts" of the department to find the missing funds.
Agency: Highway debris increases risk of crashes in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More accidents are being caused by road debris as traffic volume in Oklahoma City increases, a state agency spokeswoman said.
Traffic volume increased in the city by 35 to 40 percent over the last two decades, Oklahoma Department of Transportation spokeswoman Terri Angier told The Oklahoman .
Oklahoma official says rail used by Amtrak is compliant
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma transportation official says rail used by Amtrak for the Heartland Flyer that runs daily between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas, complies with a new speed control system.
Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson has said it's possible service will be suspended on tracks that don't have what's known as Positive Train Control — or PTC.
Oklahoma transportation plan delays 40 percent of projects
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma transportation officials have approved a new construction plan that calls for postponing more than 40 percent of all projects due to state funding cuts.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials say ancient artifacts discovered at an Oklahoma Department of Transportation construction site will be sent to the Sam Noble Museum in Norman.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says southbound lanes of Interstate 235 in north Oklahoma City have reopened after being closed for about three hours due to a fatal crash.
O-DOT says the interstate reopened about 4 p.m. Thursday after being shut down shortly after 1 p.m.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol had closed the interstate and the eastbound ramp from Interstate 44 to I-235 after the crash.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's rural roads and bridges are among the worst in the nation, according to a new report from a national transportation group.
TRIP researchers said 16 percent of Oklahoma's rural bridges are structurally deficient, The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2tY0k6F ) reported. That's the seventh highest rate in the nation.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley, who has worked with the state's network of roads and bridges for more than 50 years, is retiring.
Gov. Mary Fallin said Monday that the retirement of 71-year-old Ridley is effective immediately. He has served as secretary of transportation since 2009.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Legislature's decision to divert about $150 million in Oklahoma Department of Transportation funding to help close a hole in next year's budget is expected to lead to delays in starting some projects in its eight-year construction plan , the agency's director said Monday.
Crews continue cleanup after winter storm; caution urged
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Transportation officials in Arkansas and Oklahoma are warning drivers to use extra caution on state roads and bridges as crews continue cleaning up after a winter storm pushed through the area.
Frigid temperatures in both states early Saturday caused snow and ice left by the storm to refreeze. Slickened roads and bridges also remained potentially hazardous.
Crews clearing snow, sleet from Oklahoma highways
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma transportation officials say crews have cleared snow and sleet from most parts of the state, but cautioned that some roadways remain hazardous.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said Sunday that crews are treating isolated slick spots in the eastern part of the state. The agency cautioned drivers to use extra caution traveling on highways in northeastern Oklahoma because they still could be slick.
Flash flooding prompts road closures in northern Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Several highways are closed in northern Oklahoma as thunderstorms cause flash flooding in some areas.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says parts of State Highway 74 and U.S. 60 are closed in Grant County, while State Highway 15 is closed 1 mile west of Interstate 35 near Billings in Noble County.
Additional bridge inspections after quake finds no damage
PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — An expanded inspection of bridges following a record 5.8 magnitude earthquake near Pawnee found no significant damage, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said Friday.
State highway system bridges within a 60-mile radius of the epicenter of Saturday's quake were inspected, and all are now open to traffic and safe for travel, the department said.
Oklahoma agencies get funding to improve bus services
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma agencies are receiving more than $5.5 million in federal funding to improve bus services.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration announced on Thursday nearly $211 million in funding nationwide as part of its bus and bus facilities grant program. The funding is targeted at purchasing new buses and improving and replacing bus-related facilities.
Poteau to add gates at railroad crossing where 4 people died
POTEAU, Okla. (AP) — The Poteau City Council has approved funding to add gates to a railroad crossing where a woman and three children died last month after they were struck by a train.
Oklahoma identifies potential transportation projects
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has released a list of projects that are candidates for use of the $200 million in bond money recently authorized by the state Legislature.
Of the 18 proposed projects, three are in Oklahoma County. Another project is based in Tulsa County and the rest are located throughout the rest of the state, The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2clX8gI ) reports.
Rio Grande Valley residents have until Sunday to comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that will help determine whether passenger rail service someday returns to the Valley and points north.
The last passenger train pulled out in the mid-1960s.
Oklahoma highway project gets $62M federal grant
DURANT, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma has been awarded a $62 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation executive director Mike Patterson made the announcement of the FASTLANE grant Monday. The project is one of 18 chosen to receive the grant.
The grant will be combined with state funds to finance a $120 million project to deal with obstacles, including a series of three traffic lights and a railroad crossing, have...