Oklahoma DOT Puts Projects on Hold as Bill to Cut Agency’s Funding Advances

Tulsa World reports, “Facing financial uncertainty, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation has put several road projects on hold, including some in Tulsa. Department of Transportation Executive Director Mike Patterson said Senate Bill 837, which passed two legislative budget panels last week, reduces his agency’s funding by $251 million.” [Link inserted.] Bobby Stem, executive director of the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors, tells the newspaper, “[T]he fact that we are going to ignore other sources of income or controversial reforms and instead lay all of this on Oklahomans’ infrastructure, I think it is pretty embarrassing, actually.”