Watch KFOR Live Interactive Radar

Funding raid to slow Oklahoma agency’s transportation plans

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Road Construction / Cropped Photo: kxln univision 45 / CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma transportation officials say the Legislature’s decision to divert about $150 million in agency road and bridge funding to help close a hole in next year’s budget is expected to lead to delays in starting some projects in its eight-year construction plan.

But Department of Transportation Director Mike Patterson said Monday that ongoing construction projects will not have to be suspended, as was initially feared.

Facing a shortfall of $878 million in the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, lawmakers tapped $100 million from the agency’s construction program funds and another $53 million from a maintenance and operations fund. They also raided $3 million from a weigh station revolving account.

Separately, lawmakers took $50 million from a county road and bridge improvement fund.