Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Okla. Department of Transportation Asks Legislature to Fund $30M Laboratory

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Okla. Department of Transportation Asks Legislature to Fund $30M Laboratory

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Hidden away in the basement of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is a laboratory. The experiments conducted there ensure the safety of all Oklahomans who travel state roads and highways. But with another $30 million, ODOT could build a bigger, better facility - and make room to house nearly 100 years' worth of records.

"We've had a need for this for several years," said ODOT Director of Administration Mike Patterson. "For the last five years we've had legislation to enable the Department of Central Services and the Capitol Improvement Authority to issue bonds to construct a new, modernized laboratory building. We need to get the lab out of the office building and into modern laboratory setting."

Everything ODOT uses in construction is tested in the laboratory, from the strength of concrete to the way paint will age.

"Anytime a supplier comes in with a new product, we test the specifications," said Patterson.

ODOT also needs more room to keep its records. …

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