Ada Evening News
ODOT Applauds Senate Action
Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials are elated to hear the news of the U.S. Senate passage late Wednesday of a bill addressing the federal Highway Trust Fund solvency crisis.
ODOT Director Gary Ridley was a first-hand witness to the swift action taken by the Senate on the crisis, being in Washington, D.C. to testify before Congress in previously scheduled hearings on bridge safety.
"I believe I witnessed history in the making; Senator Inhofe led the Senate and the nation on bringing about a speedy consensus on this matter in two days - an unprecedented amount of time to address such an important issue," Ridley said. "Oklahomans should be utterly proud of our two senators, Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn, not only for supporting but also for leading this action."
Ridley also said the speed with which the Senate addressed the measure bodes well for quick consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives and final action by the President.
Once this measure has been signed into law, ODOT stands ready to move quickly, hopefully next week, with a special meeting of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission to put projects back on track that were deferred at its Monday meeting.