Okla. DOT Says Fed Shutdown Has Cost State $133M in Delayed Projects

The federal government shutdown has so far cost Oklahoma nearly $133 million in roadway projects, the state’s director of transportation told the Enid News & Eagle. As the shutdown entered its third week, it has already forced the state to delay 36 projects, according to Mike Patterson, executive director of Oklahoma Department of Transportation....
The federal shutdown has already forced Oklahoma to delay at least 36 state roadway projects in Oklahoma. PHOTO: Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

The federal government shutdown has so far cost Oklahoma nearly $133 million in roadway projects, the state’s director of transportation told the Enid News & Eagle.

As the shutdown entered its third week, it has already forced the state to delay 36 projects, according to Mike Patterson, executive director of Oklahoma Department of Transportation. The newspaper quoted him in this January 7 article.

Two of those projects include plans to fix the interchange at Interstate 35 and Ladd Road as well as modernizing Oklahoma 37 in Grady County between Tuttle and Minco, according to the article.

The federal government typically pays about 80 or 90 percent of most road projects, Patterson tells the newspaper. As of late last week, the shutdown had already resulted in about $100 million in delayed federal funding, he says.

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