US-412 is a major corridor crossing the northern half of Oklahoma
Want to know more about ODOT? Check out these little-known facts
Q: What year was the Oklahoma Department of Transportation created?
A: The Oklahoma Legislature approved House Bill 318 creating the State Highway Department in 1911 with an annual budget of $9,000. Ardmore newspaper publisher Sydney Suggs was appointed to serve as the state’s first highway commissioner.
Q: Who was the first chairman of the State Highway Commission?
A: Known as the “Father of Route 66,” Tulsan Cyrus Avery was the first chairman of the State Highway Commission, created by the 1924 Legislature. Today’s Oklahoma Transportation Commission Chairman is Greg Love of Oklahoma City. Learn more about the Transportation Commission at http://tinyurl.com/o4nbsqz.
Q: How many employees does ODOT employ?
A: ODOT has eight field divisions with offices in all 77 counties and employs 2,332 people. In 1990 ODOT employed more than 3,200 Oklahomans. This number has been dramatically and responsibly reduced in the past 20 years. ODOT continues to focus on ensuring adequate staffing to perform critical agency functions including looking to the private sector to assist in delivering the transportation program. To contact employees in the Central Office Division, go to http://tinyurl.com/msdtxag, or to contact employees in the Field Division, go to http://www.odot.org/flddiv.htm.
Q: How many miles of state roadway does ODOT maintain?
A: The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is responsible for more than 30,000 road lane miles, but has 12,265 centerline miles. This is the standard used to measure the length of roads and highways throughout the United States by calculating the total length of a road from its starting point to its end point. This calculation does not include the number and size of lanes on that road. Lane miles are calculated by multiplying the centerline mileage of a road by its number of lanes for the total area of the roadway. For state roadway maps, click http://www.odot.org/maps/state/index.htm