ODOT’s Safey Corridor program wins award


Oklahoma’s efforts to improve safety on a state highway heavily traveled by oilfield trucks has resulted in an award from one national safety organization.

The State Transportation Department’s State Highway 33 Corridor project received the award from the Western Association of State Highway and transportation Officials.

Secretary of Transportation and ODOT Executive Director Tim Gatz said the project was a partnership with local agencies and the energy industry to improve signage, enforcement and education to help reduce collisions on SH-33 between Kingfisher and Watonga, which has been experiencing a surge in heavy oilfield traffic due to energy exploration.

Rep. Mike Sanders spoke about the project at a recent meeting of the Transportation Commission along with Energize for Safety Coalition Founder and President Tom Robins.

The highway links Kingfisher and Watonga, two cities and their counties in the heart of the STACK play.

The Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Source: ODOT