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Okla. Transportation Comm. approves 8-year plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has adopted an eight-year construction work plan for the state that includes $6 billion in highway and bridge improvements.

The plan approved Monday outlines the state Department of Transportation's plan to replace or improve highways and bridges through 2021.

The construction work plan includes nearly 2,000 projects, including 924 bridge replacement or rehabilitation projects, 657 miles of shoulders and other improvements to two-lane highways and 552 miles of improvements to high-volume highways and interstate roadways.

The commission also approved a $900 million plan to improve county roads and bridges over the next four years and a $26 million contract to reconnect the east end of the new Interstate 40 Crosstown Expressway to downtown Oklahoma City. Construction on that project is expected to begin early next year.