Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Road Projects Routes for New Industry

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Road Projects Routes for New Industry

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The State of Oklahoma can spend its tax revenues, including expenditures for road projects, no more wisely than on bringing new industry to the state, said Commissioner Bob Berry of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission Tuesday.

"All road construction projects are economic development," said Berry.

In tune with that commitment, the commission began 1989 by awarding 25 contracts totaling $12.2 million for road projects throughout the state in its first public meeting of the new year, and approved all 20 supplemental contract agreements presented by Oklahoma Transportation Department officials.

The Commission also approved 42 February bid openings totaling $32.1 million and 22 tentative March bid openings worth $40.9 million.

Three of the contracts awarded are for work in central Oklahoma:

- A $259,800 project, including department overhead cost, to install traffic signals and modify intersections along Int. Hwy. 235 at Harrison Ave. and Oklahoma Ave., Harrison Ave. and NE 5th St., and Harrison Ave. and Walnut Ave. The low and winning bidder of four was Traffic Signals, Inc., which bid $238,1510, 17.1 percent above the Transportation Department engineer's estimate of $203,364.

- A $235,000 project to install traffic signals and modify the intersection at the junction of Wilshire Blvd. and Council Rd. Lowest of eight bidders was Tom Hudson Paving, Inc., with a bid of $214,605, 19.2 percent below an engineer's estimate of $265,605.

- A $57,900 bridge and approach roadway replacement on County Rd., also known as Peebly Rd., four tenths of a mile south of SE 149th St. B.W. McBride Construction Inc. was the low bidder of 10, at $52,621, 18.3 percent below an engineer's estimate of $64,418.

The most significant supplemental agreement involving central Oklahoma detailed the addition of $196,125 and 4,581 man-hours for roadway and bridge plans in the widening of Int. Hwy. 240 from four to six lanes between Int. Hwy. 44 and Int. Hwy. 35 in south Oklahoma City.

With the agreement, the total of the contract with RGDC Inc., Oklahoma City, is $1.4 million, 90 percent of which would be derived from federal funds and 10 percent from state funds, and which would include the widening of a major bridge structure in the Int. …

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