More orange barrels coming to Tulsa highways

Posted at 10:59 AM, Sep 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-10 11:59:19-04

TULSA – More orange barrels are scheduled to appear on Green Country highways.

This week the state revisited ODOT’s eight year plan, signing off on billions in construction projects statewide.

While few drivers like construction, an even smaller percentage appreciate potholes.

“They're terrible, you get flat tires, you hit potholes every day,” Wynee Hackney said.

Hackney drives on the south leg of the IDL, a stretch of highway that's seen its share of problems this year, every day.

“Here in Tulsa we've seen, with the weather this year, it’s caused some of the older sections of pavement [to] deteriorate very quickly,” Kenna Carmon, ODOT spokeswoman said.

Because of these common concerns, ODOT has decided to use $18 million to re-pave the south leg of the IDL in 2017.

“We're very excited that we will be getting started a little earlier than we anticipated,” Carmon said.     

This week, the state approved more than a billion dollars in projects for Tulsa and nearby communities. The funds go toward roads and bridges, like the one over Dirty Butter Creek on SH-11.         

“Oklahoma, historically, has been at the top of the list for having bad bridges nationwide,” Carmon said.

In total, there will be more than a thousand projects around the state in coming years.

.To help you plan for construction, here is afull list of the projects.

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