ODOT Commission Meeting September 7, 2021

GENE MCKOWN: Madame Secretary, will you please call the roll? SUBJECT 1: Mr. Coburn. BOB COBURN: Coburn now. SUBJECT 1: Mr Grimsley. JAMES GRIMSLEY: Grimsley here. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Shannon. TW SHANNON: Here. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Freymiller. DON FREYMILLER: Freymiller Here. SUBJECT 1: Mr. McKown. GENE MCKOWN: McKown now. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Dyson. DAVID DYSON: Dyson here. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Alexander. BOBBY ALEXANDER: Alexander here. SUBJECT 1: Mr. LaForge. STEVE LAFORGE: LaForge now. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Peterson. BOB PETERSON: Now. GENE MCKOWN: Item number 116 — it’s approval of the minutesof the fulfill for August the Second. Do I have a motion for acceptance? DON FREYMILLER: So moved. GENE MCKOWN: Do I have a second? BOB PETERSON: Peterson second.GENE MCKOWN: Any discussion? Madam Secretary, please call the roll. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Coburn. BOB COBURN: Coburn, yes. Topic 1: Mr. Grimsley. JAMES GRIMSLEY: Grimsley, yes. Topic 1: Mr. Shannon. TW SHANNON: Here, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Freymiller. DON FREYMILLER: Freymiller, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. McKown GENE MCKOWN: McKown, yes. Topic 1: Mr. Dyson. DAVID DYSON: Dyson, yes. Topic 1: Mr. Alexander. BOBBY ALEXANDER: Alexander, yes. BOB PETERSON: Mr. LaForge. STEVE LAFORGE: LaForge, yes. Subject 1: Mr. Peterson. BOB PETERSON: Yes. GENE MCKOWN: Passedby unanimous. At this time, who’s going– whopresents the allow document? BOB COBURN:[ INAUDIBLE ]. GENE MCKOWN: Huh? Me? BOB COBURN: You’llread– well, yeah.GENE MCKOWN: OK. Are the– the acquiesce docketcontains item 117, 118, 119, 120, and 121. And these areitems that have all been discussed in theearly committee meetings. If any commissioners would liketo gather an individual item out of discussion, he maydo so at this time. Otherwise, do I discover a motionfor approval of the consent docket? BOB COBURN: Coburn, so moved. GENE MCKOWN: Do I got a second? TW SHANNON: Second by Shannon.GENE MCKOWN: Madam Secretary, will you call the roll, satisfy? SUBJECT 1: Mr. Coburn. BOB COBURN: Coburn, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Grimsley. JAMES GRIMSLEY: Grimsley, yes. Topic 1: Mr. Shannon. TW SHANNON: Yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Freymiller. DON FREYMILLER: Freymiller, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. McKown. GENE MCKOWN: McKown, yes. Topic 1: Mr. Dyson. DAVID DYSON: Dyson, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Alexander. BOBBY ALEXANDER: Alexander, yes. Topic 1: Mr. LaForge. STEVE LAFORGE: LaForge, yes. Topic 1: Mr. Peterson. BOB PETERSON: Yes. GENE MCKOWN: Item count 121 isthe Declaration of an emergency bridge repair project.Mr. Davis, you’rerecognize to present. SUBJECT 2: Thankyou, Mr. Chairman. Good morning , commissioners. Agenda item quantity 122 isan emergency declaration by the director. This is theinformation only item. No action will be needed. On August 12, the bridgeon County Road 1990 over I-4 4 in Cotton County, nearly 2 and 1/2 miles north of the Texasstate line, was struck by a vehicle that waspart of an ongoing construction project in the area. The wallop causedcatastrophic impairment, leaving the outsidebeam of straddle 3 with no structural integrityand no load tolerating capability they’re convey some picturesof the damage up here now. District seven crews andOSP immediately rerouted eastbound I-4 4 for trafficonto State Highway 36 at mile marker list 1 runningnorth to the I-4 4 interchange at US-7 0 near Randlett. While the detour wassufficient to carry the additional traffic, State Highway 36 is an uncontrolled twoway, two alley equipment that was not designed tocarry interstate kind traffic.It was imperativethat I-4 4 be returned to the interstate routeas soon as possible. For safety rationales, thedamaged component of the bridge had to be removed before trafficwas allowed to pass underneath. District 7 patrols didnot have the capacity to perform this work. It was recommended that anemergency project be started immediately to removethe loose concrete and the unsupportedportion of the connection and that another projection beinitiated to repair and restore the bridge to itsoriginal functionality.In accordance with Title 61 and Oklahoma state statutes and Oklahomaadministrative code, Secretary Gatzdeclared an emergency and is asking througha related agenda item that the TransportationCommission authorize an emergency contract for therepairs be necessary in the connection. Estimated resource requirements for thealready completed removals and the upcoming emergencyrepairs is $315,000. And if I could, Mr. Chairman, time give you a shorttimeline of happens and give me a chance to bragon our kinfolks merely a little, this hit happened shortlybefore noon on Thursday, August the 12 th.Traffic dominance was placedand traffic was diverted. An emergency declarationwas requested by district 7, was declared by the Secretary. And a preliminary plan for theremoval of the damaged section was all done by 4:00 PM that afternoon. At 8: 00 AM on thenext day on Friday, interested contractorsmet at the site and were given a removalplan and asked to submit proposals by 2 o’clock that afternoon. At 2:15, four attempts wereopen, and C3 Construction out of Ada, Oklahoma, wasrecognized as the low bidder. Employees and equipmentwere on the project site by 7 o’clock that night. And at 9 o’clock, project began. Shortly after noonon Saturday, merely over 48 hours after theincident, the detour was promoted and traffic wasrestored to I-4 4. So if I could, I’d just liketo recognize the tribes down at neighborhood 7, Jay Earp, neighborhood operator,[ INAUDIBLE ],, and all the maintenance guysthat help with traffic control down there, ODOT bridgedivision, Justin’s radical, West, Walt, and Oscar, and several others here in the centraloffice and clearly our partners at C3construction for all doing a very good job down there.And probably the bestpart of this story– there were twopeople in that truck and other traffic on I-4 4, and everyone fucking walked with no harms. GENE MCKOWN: Thatis one[ INAUDIBLE ].. BOB PETERSON: Thank you. GENE MCKOWN: That should havemade headlines on the news. I went underway and didn’t make– we have a couple ofguests here today. Mike Patterson, former executivehere, we’re glad to have you, and Bobby Stamm, AIG, appreciate you being here today. Item count 123 isa programming item. Mr Tegeler, you’re recognized. SUBJECT 3: Thankyou, Mr Chairman, members of thecommission, Mr. Secretary. Item 123 is a follow up to 122 this is the programming item to repair the vehicledamage on County Road 1990. The estimated cost to repairthis shattering is $250,000. The job can be readyfor an October 2021 making, and of course, the partyresponsible for the damage is known. Approval is recommended. Try to answer anyother questions if you have any this morning. GENE MCKOWN: Arethere any questions? TW SHANNON: I’m confused. It’s already been fixed. SUBJECT 3: That firstphase was all the removal to get ready for this project. TW SHANNON: Oh, excuse me. SUBJECT 3: You’re fine. It’s a good question. GENE MCKOWN: This is adifferent one from the– the item that we just hearddidn’t require a vote. It’s approved and gone, andthis is at the Texas border. SUBJECT 3: Yep. This is to do thedesign for this project so we can have repair– keep it back the path itwas before it was hit.BOB PETERSON: It’s beenrepaired And its function, you restored trafficwithin 48 hours. SUBJECT 3: That’s been regenerated. The traffic has been reinstated. But the beam has to be replaced. And so that constructionpart needs to be fixed hitherto. STEVE LAFORGE: OK. SUBJECT 3: To the connect. STEVE LAFORGE: Pardon me. GENE MCKOWN: Do I sounds a action? Any other questions? I’ll make the motion? So moved. Do I sounds a second? BOB COBURN: Coburn second. GENE MCKOWN: Madam Secretary, will you call the roll? SUBJECT 1: Mr. Coburn. GENE MCKOWN: Coburn, yes. Subject 1: Mr.Grimsley. BOB COBURN: Grimsely, yes. Topic 1: Mr. Shannon. JAMES GRIMSLEY: Yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Freymiller. DON FREYMILLER: Freymiller, yes. BOB PETERSON: Mr. McKown. GENE MCKOWN: McKown, yes. Theme 1: Mr. Dyson. DON FREYMILLER: Dyson, yes. Topic 1: Mr. Alexander. BOBBY ALEXANDER: Alexander, yes. Theme 1: Mr. LaForge. STEVE LAFORGE: LaForge, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Peterson,. BOB PETERSON: Yes GENE MCKOWN: The votepassed unanimous. Mr. Tigely, you maycontinue with item 124. SUBJECT 3: Thankyou, Mr Chairman. I have eight engineeringcontracts this month, five statewide andthree job specific. Proportion A is ourstatewide all districts on necessitate engineering business. We have selected six firmsto provide these engineering assistances. They are Atkin’s The americas, Cowan Group Engineering, Garver, Smith RobertsBaldischwiler, Team Design, and Tetratech. Part B is the statewideall districts are on require airborne LIDAR mapping. We have selected twofirms to do this service. They are Aerial Data Serviceand Bearing Tree Land Surveying. Part C is a statewide alldistricts or on demand cultural resources inventoriesNHRP evaluations and mitigation proposals.We have selected six firmsto provide this service. They are AmaTerra Environmental, Blanton and Associate, Cox McClainEnvironmental Consulting, Integrated EnvironmentalSolutions, Mead and Hunt, and Wood Environmental andInfrastructure Solutions. Role D is ourstatewide all districts on demand environmental servicesfor local government jobs. We have selected eightfirms to do this service, and they are Able Consulting, CH Guernsey and Company, CC Environmental, Cox McClainEnvironmental Consulting, CPNY, Garver, Kleinfelder, and Olson.Part E is ourstatewide all districts architectural servicesand preparation of building construction schedules. Department has selectedCEC Corporation to provide site adaptationfor our port of entry and weigh station buildings. Total not to exceedamount is$ 3 million. Part F, Muskogee Countyin district one– the department ofhas SET to provide engineering andconstruction plans for I-4 0 over the Arkansas River. Total not to exceedamount is $380,350. This programme is included inthe eight year construction work plan with a scheduledlet date in 2028. I really want to let you knowthis is phase one of a two time contract. This is going to do the bridgeassessment and the survey and some environmental. Persona G, Beckham Countyand district five– we have selected[ INAUDIBLE] andNichols to prepare creation plans for State Highway 152. Total not to exceedamount is $905,000. This job is also includedin that year construction work plan and give appointment of 2027. And lastly, partH in Tillman County in territory five, departmenthas adopted Consor Engineering to do the constructionplans for five locatings of these aqueducts. These are connect andapproach assignments. Total not to exceedamount is $654,650. These projects– or thisproject is in the eight time construction work plan in 2027. Approval is recommended. Try to answer any questionsif you gentlemen have any this morning. GENE MCKOWN: You havea motion for favor. DON FREYMILLER:[ INAUDIBLE] motion. GENE MCKOWN: And second. BOB COBURN: Second. GENE MCKOWN: Any discussion? Madam Secretary, please call the roll. SUBJECT 1: Mr Coburn. BOB COBURN: Coburn, yes. Theme 1: Mr. Grimsley. JAMES GRIMSLEY: Grimsley, yes. Subject 1: Mr.Shannon. TW SHANNON: Yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Freymiller. DON FREYMILLER: Freymiller, yes. Subject 1: Mr. McKown. GENE MCKOWN: McKown, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Dyson. DAVID DYSON: Dyson, yes. Topic 1: Mr. Alexander. BOBBY ALEXANDER: Alexander, yes. Subject 1: Mr. LaForge. STEVE LAFORGE: LaForge, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Peterson. BOB PETERSON: Yes. GENE MCKOWN: Passed unanimous. You may continue with item 125. SUBJECT 3: Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Item 125 are our engineeringcontract supplements. I have three portions this month. Division A is our statewide. All regions are onsystem connection standards. We’ve previously authorizedand selected CPNY to do the on systembridge the criteria for our reinforcedconcrete casket culverts. Supplement not to exceedamount is $384,867. Part B is our SeminoleCounty in neighborhood three. Previously authorizedBenham Design to perform engineeringand final building a blueprint for State Highway 99. Supplement not to exceedamount is $244,162. This programme is in theeight year construction work plans and let date for 2028. And lastly, role C in OsageCounty in neighborhood eight previously authorizedPoe and Associate to perform engineering andconstruction plans for State Highway 20 complement. Not to outperform amountis $12,269 this project is also in the eight yearconstruction work plan in 2022. Approval is recommended. Try to answer any questionif you have any this morning. GENE MCKOWN: Do I havea action for admiration? TW SHANNON: So moved my Shannon. GENE MCKOWN: Do I have– BOB COBURN: –second. GENE MCKOWN: Arethere any discussion? Madam Secretary, please call the roll. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Coburn. BOB COBURN: Coburn, yes. Topic 1: Mr. Grimsley. JAMES GRIMSLEY: Grimsley yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Shannon. TW SHANNON: Yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Freymiller. DON FREYMILLER: Freymiller, yes. Topic 1: Mr. McKown. GENE MCKOWN: McKown, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Dyson. DAVID DYSON: Dyson, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Alexander. BOBBY ALEXANDER: Alexander, yes. Theme 1: Mr. LaForge. STEVE LAFORGE: LaForge, Yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr.Peterson. BOB PETERSON: Yes. GENE MCKOWN: Mr. Leonard willpresent the item quantity 126. SUBJECT 4: Morning, Mr Chairman, members of the committee, Mr. Secretary. I’d like to present item number1 26, parts A through doubled D. These are changeorders on projections which have a cumulativetotal of change dictates of $75,000 or less. This item is presentedfor your information only, but I’d be glad to tryand answer any questions. GENE MCKOWN: Are there anyquestions on this issue? You may go ahead andpresent component quantity 127. SUBJECT 4: All privilege. Item figure 127, partsA through double F, these are changeorders on programmes which have a cumulative totalof change orderings greater than $ 75,000. Your approval isrecommended, and I’d be glad to answer any questions. GENE MCKOWN: You’veheard the presentation.Do I have a motion for approbation? BOB COBURN: Coburn– TW SHANNON: Let’smove for approbation. GENE MCKOWN: Second. BOBBY ALEXANDER: Alexander second. GENE MCKOWN: Any discussion orany questions on this issue? Madam Secretary, please call the roll. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Coburn. BOB COBURN: Coburn, yes. Subject 1: Mr. Grimsley. JAMES GRIMSLEY: Grimsley, yes. Subject 1: Mr. Shannon. TW SHANNON: Yes. STEVE LAFORGE: Mr. Freymiller. DON FREYMILLER: Freymiller, yes. Theme 1: Mr. McKown. GENE MCKOWN: McKown, yes. Topic 1: Mr. Dyson. DAVID DYSON: Dyson, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Alexander. BOBBY ALEXANDER: Alexander, yes. Subject 1: Mr. LaForge. STEVE LAFORGE: LaForge, yes. Subject 1: Mr. Peterson. BOB PETERSON: Yes. SUBJECT 4: Thank you. GENE MCKOWN: Thankyou, Mr. Leonard. Item list 128 is aproposed bid opening.Mr. Hackney, you’re recognized. ROBERT HACKNEY: RobertHackney, comptroller partition, programme fund manager. Good morning, Mr.Chairman , commissioners. Item 128, proposedbid openings are comprised of the final November 2021 and the tentative January 2021 proposal openings. The Departmentrecommends approval. GENE MCKOWN: You’veheard the presentation. Do I have a motion for approbation? BOB COBURN: So moved. GENE MCKOWN: Second. BOBBY ALEXANDER: Second, Alexander. GENE MCKOWN: Any discussion? Madam Secretary, callthe roller, satisfy. Topic 1: Mr. Coburn. BOB COBURN: Coburn, yes. Subject 1: Mr. Grimsley. JAMES GRIMSLEY: Grimsley, yes. Theme 1: Mr. Shannon TW SHANNON: Yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Freymiller. DON FREYMILLER: Freymiller, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. McKown. GENE MCKOWN: McKown, yes. Topic 1: Mr. Dyson. DAVID DYSON: Dyson, yes. Topic 1: Mr. Alexander. BOBBY ALEXANDER: Alexander, yes. Subject 1: Mr. LaForge. STEVE LAFORGE: LaForge, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Peterson. BOB PETERSON: Yes. GENE MCKOWN: Passedby unanimous. Item list 129 is the settlement for damage to state property.Mrs. Helms? SUBJECT 5: Goodmorning, Mr Chairman and members of the committee. Agenda item 129, it’s for thesettlement for damages to state owned, and it has two parts. Side A is for a damage to astop sign in the amount of $ 420, and the policy limit totalexpenses or injures outperform the policy limit of $25,000. And the department is receivinga pro rata distribution of the follows. In acceptance of thesettlement of the $132.32 leaves the remainingbalance of $ 287.68, which is uncollectible. And percentage B is damage to a cablebarrier with a cost of $ 701.52. And total damagesin this instance too outperforms 25,000 of the policy limit. And the present is apro rata distribution in the amount of $ 315.98. And adoption ofthis settlement leaves the remainingbalance of $385.54, which also is uncollectibleor considered administratively uncollectible. And the departmentrequests and recommends approval of this item. GENE MCKOWN: You’veheard the presentation. Do I have a motion for approving? Exactly a time of order– thesedamages are always minor.Does it mean that the policyis wearied and the person– you’ve assessed that the persondoesn’t have the capacity needed of acquiring the pay? SUBJECT 5: OK, so thisparticular does exist– outperformed the policy limit. But this is consideredadministratively, you know, exhaustive– GENE MCKOWN: You don’twant to mess with it. SUBJECT 5: –expensiveto collect remaining from private individuals. GENE MCKOWN: I understand. SUBJECT 5: If you did, you’dhave to reject the offer. And then you go straightafter the individual. GENE MCKOWN: OK, expressed appreciation for. Do I have a motion for approval? BOB COBURN: Coburn, so moved. GENE MCKOWN: Second. BOBBY ALEXANDER: Alexander second. GENE MCKOWN: Anyother discussion? Madam Secretary, callthe wheel, please. Subject 1: Mr. Coburn. BOB COBURN: Coburn, yes. Theme 1: Mr. Grimsley. JAMES GRIMSLEY: Grimsley, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Shannon. TW SHANNON: Yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Freymiller DON FREYMILLER: Freymiller, yes. Theme 1: Mr. McKown. GENE MCKOWN: McKown, yes. Topic 1: Mr. Dyson.DAVID DYSON: Dyson, yes. Theme 1: Mr. Alexander. BOBBY ALEXANDER: Alexander, yes. Subject 1: Mr. LaForge. STEVE LAFORGE: LaForge, yes. Theme 1: Mr. Peterson. BOB PETERSON: Yes. GENE MCKOWN: Thevote was unanimous. Thank you. Item numeral 130 is the awardsof contracts by Mr. Delce. You’re recognized there. Subject 6: Good morning, commissioners, Mr. Chairman. Item 130, ourrecommendations for award– my presentation this morningwill be in three parts.Part A is with regard to thedeferral from the July 15 order opening. The following section, referred to by call order, was deferred from theJuly 15 attempt opening. It is now recommendedthat this item be awarded to the low-toned bidder, and that was caller 195. Part B, our recommendationsfrom the August 19 dictation opening– it is recommended that thefollowing items from the August 19 order opening referred toby call order be awarded. It’s request says 410, 415, 420,425, 435, 437, 450, 455, 460, 475, 478, 480, and 485. It is recommended that thefollowing items from the August 19 dictation opening referredto by scold require be rejected as caller orders4 00, 401, 402, 403, 404, and 430. And lastly, percentage C, this isthe information only item. We had a special bidopening on August 20. It was held onAugust 20 to restore a aqueduct hit on I-2 44 over MainStreet in the city of Tulsa.Bids were submittedon August 20, and a contract wasawarded at that time to PBX Corporationfor $ 24,913.20. The estimated cost ofthe work was $25,000. That concludes ourrecommendations for award, and your approving is requested. BOB COBURN: Question. Can you remind mewhy 195 was deferred? SUBJECT 6: Yes, that wasfrom July bid opening. The metropolitan needed more day at thetime of our committee confront to make a decisionon the approbation and reassuring the funding required. So since then, they have approved the additional funding, andthey want to recommend award. BOB COBURN: And the proposal wasappropriate to the engineer’s approximations? SUBJECT 6: Yes, sir. BOB COBURN: OK. All liberty, sir. Thank you. GENE MCKOWN: You’veheard the presentation. Do I have a motion for approving? BOB COBURN: So moved. STEVE LAFORGE: LaForge second. GENE MCKOWN: Any discussion? Madam Secretary, please call the roll. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Coburn. BOB COBURN: Coburn, yes. Theme 1: Mr. Grimsley. JAMES GRIMSLEY: Grimsley, yes. Topic 1: Mr Shannon. TW SHANNON: Yes.SUBJECT 1: Mr. Freymiller. DON FREYMILLER: Freymiller, yes. Theme 1: Mr. McKown. GENE MCKOWN: McKown, yes. Theme 1: Mr. Dyson. DAVID DYSON: Dyson, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Alexander. BOBBY ALEXANDER: Alexander, yes. Theme 1: Mr. LaForge. STEVE LAFORGE: LaForge, yes. Topic 1: Mr. Peterson. BOB PETERSON: Yes. GENE MCKOWN: Thatpassed unanimous. Item crowd 131 is the authorityto enter into an agreement presented by Secretary Gatz. TIM GATZ: Mr. Chairman, commissioners, the Departmentrequests authorization to negotiate the terms andconditions of a lease agreement with the Oklahoma capitalimprovement authority related to a loan from the United StatesDepartment of Transportation pursuant to the transportationInfrastructure, Finance, and Innovation Act asauthorized by House Bill 28.96. Pursuant to 28.96, theproceeds of the TIFIA loan will money a portion of thedepartment’s agricultural two path improvement andmanagement Curriculum, and that again is aprogram where we are really seeking to add shoulders to ournarrow urban two thoroughfare superhighways that don’t haveshoulders on them today. Those are the highways where werealize the highest percentage of harshnes tier accidentsand fatality accidents of any streets that we have. So really importantprogram to us. This loan will allowus to accelerate the improvement of thoserural two alley streets and lend shoulders tothem at a faster rate. And the rental paymentswill be made by ODOT to the capital improvementauthority pursuant to the lease agreement. And that will cover the costof the principal and interest on the related TIFIA loan. The TIFIA loan, again, is a programme that’s becoming aincreasingly important implement in the department’stoolbox, specially when it comes to programmes like this.The TIFIA loan interest rate forthis rural activity strategy is one half of hoards. And again, thatinterest rate presents a very attractiveopportunity for us to accelerate some projects. So we recommend yourapproval and authorization to proceed withthe loan agreement. GENE MCKOWN: You’veheard the presentation. Do I have a motion for approving? DON FREYMILLER: Freymiller makes a motion. GENE MCKOWN: Second. STEVE LAFORGE: LaForge second. GENE MCKOWN: Anydiscussion on this? Madam Secretary, please call the roll. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Coburn. BOB COBURN: Coburn, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Grimsley. JAMES GRIMSLEY: Grimsley, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Shannon. TW SHANNON: Yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Freymiller. DON FREYMILLER: Freymiller, yes. Subject 1: Mr. McKown. GENE MCKOWN: McKown, yes. BOB PETERSON: Mr. Dyson. BOBBY ALEXANDER: Dyson, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Alexander. BOBBY ALEXANDER: Alexander, yes. Topic 1: Mr. LaForge. STEVE LAFORGE: LaForge, yes. Theme 1: Mr. Peterson. BOB PETERSON: Yes. GENE MCKOWN: Passed unanimous. Item 132, thesecretary’s report. TIM GATZ: Thankyou, Mr. Chairman. And I recognize yourconsideration and authorization to proceed with that agreement.Again, that’s going to bea big help to us to move these projects forward faster. And TIFI–A again, the method that the USDOT has organized that innovativefinancing program really presents such agood opportunity. It’s hard for us to ignore it. So expressed appreciation for for yourconsideration and approval. Mr. Chairman, Iwould also recognize that I encountered RepresentativeNicole Miller join us partway through the commission meeting. So I certainlyrecognize her, and thank you, Representative Miller, for coming to the commission meeting this morning. Representative Milleris the wickednes chair of the transportationappropriations committee, so glad to have her with us. On the federal fund figurehead, I advise the commission that the FederalHighway Administration kept the department on noticethat the route trust fund is experiencingsome funding issues, potentially to go into thered sometime in mid-October. If that happens, what ultimatelythe department will need to do is control off of a pro-ratatype of a refund. The Department offer our invoiceson federally money projects with mood stores, turns around, and registers a repayment request with the FederalHighway Administration. If the resources of the fund goesinto the situation where it’s going month tomonth with lodges, again, the departmentwould only be able to be reimbursed at apro-rata share of whatever deposit was madeto the trust fund.Again, we are very closelymonitoring this situation. It’s happened on multipleoccasions since about 2008. We don’t want to overreactto it, but it is serious. And we will be, like Isaid, closely monitoring as we move closer throughthe month of September to the end of thefederal fiscal year. So again, just wantedto start the commission aware of that condition. That spurts directlyinto the reauthorization of our federaltransportation bill.As we’ve discussed before, the reauthorization of a five year highwaybill has been rolled up into the bipartisaninfrastructure plan, the $1.2 trillion plan. Not all of that is highwayand bridge funding. There are many differenttypes of infrastructure that are funded in thatplan, but our five year reauthorization hasbeen rolled up into it, into the bill that’scurrently under consideration in the House. My understandingis that the house is scheduled to vote forthat on September, 2007. So we will be paying very closeattention to those proceedings.That would be the placewhere it would be likely that the trust fundissue would be addressed by the congress in thecontext of the reauthorization of the street money. So again, we’ll watchthat very closely and stop you apprisedof those proceedings as we move closer to the endof the federal fiscal year. And if something deepens orif anything moves forward, we’ll certainly advise youprior to the October commission meeting. Thought it wasimportant this morning to recognize the openingof a brand-new interchange at interstate 40 andFrisco Road there on the West side of Yukon. It’s one of thenewest exchanges that we’ve worked onin the last few years.That’s an important projectfor the city of Yukon, but it’s not one that theDepartment can go and undertake without the supportof their local communities. And the foundation makes the cityof Yukon came to the table with sources of finance. They did theenvironmental document, did the engineering work, bought the right of way, moved the practicalities, and participated in some of the construction costs. Those types of partnershipsfor that brand-new access extent genuinely are the only style thatthe department can move projects like that forward very easily. Our resources arefocused directly on maintaining the highwaysystem from the centerline out. So we’re trying to come our armsaround our remittance condition issues, our bridgecondition issues, and make safe increases. And it’s very difficult forus to introduce a new access extent like this withoutsome assistance. So again, thanksfor the partnership from the city of Yukon. That’s going to be avery high functioning interchange and certainlyone we’re very pleased to add to the interstate system.It’s rail safetyweek in September. It results the week ofSeptember 20 through the 26 th. Certainly, thedepartment spouses with the Oklahomarailroad association and through OperationLifesaver to take a hard-boiled look at adding safety improvements atrailroad intersects in the form of beacons, buzzers, gate forearms. And I think it’s mostimportant be pointed out that when you encounter those typesof safety increases. So if the barriers are down, please don’t drive around them. Trains cannot stop, andwhen a passenger vehicle or a commercial-grade vehicleencounters a develop, the outcome is never good. So again we’d ask forthe traveling public to be very careful and reallytake a hard-handed look at safety precautions. And for walkers, thebest thing you can do is to stay out ofrailroad titles of acces. Those are private rightsof nature, and we sometimes interpret a really bad outcomewhen a pedestrian is around a runway crossingor along a rail line. We had four rail crossingimprovement projects this month on the approval docket.So we acknowledge yourconsideration and approval of those and look forwardto future opportunities to enhance rail safetyin the state of Oklahoma. Kind of staying on thesafety topic, the safety campaign for themonth of September is focusing on the dangersof diminished driving. And that includes drivingunder the influence of alcohol, marijuanas, prescriptiondrugs, and even driving while drowsy is characterizedas driving with an disability. So again, we wantthe traveling public to really pay closeattention to their conditions before they get behindthe wheel of a vehicle and be very carefuland terribly wary. The security campaignagain is always underpinned withseat belts, and reach security protrude, everybody clink, is kind of that underpinnedsafety one of the purposes of that campaign. And it’s somethingthat I personally am uniquely focused on.You guys have heard me talkabout safety belt usage before and how Oklahomahas to do better. One of the ways that individualscan protect themselves from a potential injuryaccident or, worse still, a fatality collision is to usethat first line of defense and buckle that seat belt. Too many times, we seeaccidents that somebody might have walkedaway from result in a severe injury or fatality. So help us out. Buckle up. Let’s get our fatality andsevere accident crowds down in the state of Oklahoma. There’s a very closerelationship between seat belt usage and the number of fatalityand severe injury coincidences “were having”. So please buckle your seat belt. And you considered this morningfor informational purposes the bridge affected where we hada moderately catastrophic connect influence there on I-4 4. And that seems likethrough the summer, we picture a great deal of bridge hitsacross the state of Oklahoma. And I think it’s worthreminding everybody that our law heightin Oklahoma is 14 hoofs. We’ve got a lot ofbridges out there on the system thatare 14 hoof 6. So if you’re hauling a load andyou’re approaching that 14 paw altitude, get thetape measure out. Check that laden heightjust to be absolutely sure. Double check it. Make sure everything isboomed down and fastened down properly and makesure that you’re not exceeding the meridian restraint. And again, appreciate yourconsideration and approval of the Interstate4 4 bridge amend. Guys did a greatjob, and we’ll do a great job going that countyroad over aqueduct facility back open. Right now, Commissioner Peterson, we’ve removed that beamthat was badly marred in that section of the deck.And the contract that youprogrammed this morning, we’ll threw that road back nowand set a connect light back in there. As you might imagine, orderinga crest ray like that and coming that delivered isa little bit experience destroying. So it’ll take us really a minuteor two to get that back. But the chaps areworking hard on going that contract ready to let. And we’ll advise you wheneverthat facility is back open here in the not extremely distant future. So on a little bit better bridgenote, per the bridge inspection tape that was submitted atthe end of December in 2020, the Department had 67 structurally insufficient aqueducts on information systems. That’s less than 1% of the6, 800 bridges that we have. So we’ve met ourtarget of getting to 1% structurallydeficient connections. More importantly, we justreceived the national bridge inspection data. And we’re able to extrapolatefrom that a standing for Oklahoma by the statistics. And that’s by anumber of aqueducts. And by a number ofbridges, Oklahoma now grades crowd sevennationally for best aqueducts in the country. So again, we appreciateyour corroborate in everything that the commission has done.Tribute to RepresentativeMiller and the legislators, the leadership that we’vegot there, long standing. We started thisprocess back in 2006, and we have realise steadyprogress with a laser focus on bridgeinfrastructure, diligence, and continued support. And that’s what’s been critical. The superhighways money has been aprimary factor there along with the focus that is in theeight time construction work plan. And as part of theeight year plan, we have not only these 67 structurally deficient connects but probably 700 or 800 more that’ll be presented at the next endorsement thatare what we call at risk. We’ve got over 1,000 bridgesout on the highway structure today the hell is 80 years old or older, and a good deal of those connects are, if you consider the bridgerating system is a 0 through 10, 10 being very good, ifthey get to a 4 on any one of the connect elements– deck, substructure, superstructure– then they gostructurally defective. We’ve got lots ofthem out there that are fives right now that we’rereally preserving a close look on. So we are not done investingin our connection infrastructure.We’ve got work to do. But we have done fantasticwork with the resources that have been made available. So congratulations to thecommission, to all Oklahomans, and to everyonewith the Department and our engineeringand contractor spouses that have played a rolein helping us accomplish that. That is something thatis really to be proud of. So with that, Mr.Chairman, I would be happy to answer any questionsthat any of the commissioners may have. TW SHANNON: Mr.Chairman, a few questions. Mr. Secretary, thankyou for that report congratulations on the position, on the National ranking, digit seven. I’m just curious whatthe standing was before. TIM GATZ: So we were– thatis up two from count nine. We got into the top1 0 in the 2019 report. And again, we’re upto this year, so– TW SHANNON: Was that ourfirst time in the top 10? TIM GATZ: When we were rankednumber nine, yes sir, in 2019, which is again anachievement that has made us years to get to.But it shows what focus andresources can fulfill. GENE MCKOWN: Are thereany other questions? STEVE LAFORGE: Thebridge that got hit– I assume that semi was atfull speed where reference is hit it. TIM GATZ: From the damageto that concrete radiation, it was moving at apretty good clip. I don’t know exactly how fastyou can go with a drop bunked up. That’s the other thing. If you’re running a tractortrailer with a dump berthed or even just a regular dump truck, delight make absolutely sure that bed’s down before youtake out on the superhighway because it can do extreme damageto our aqueduct infrastructure as demonstrated in someof those pictures. JAMES GRIMSLEY:[ INAUDIBLE ]. As part of any of our safetypartnership campaigns, is there any behavior that we canmaybe raise awareness or do an additional– I convey, we could work withmaybe some of business associations. Do you believe that wouldprovide any benefit, time education to the public? Because it seemslike, if you said if it happens inthe summer, there may be some seasonal thingsmaybe we should look at. TIM GATZ: Sure. I think that’s a good meaning, Commissioner Grimsley. We can reach out to Jim Newportwith the Trucking Association maybe and visit with him alittle bit to see about some of the overnight loadings. And again, if a loadis over 14 feet, then it’s routedspecifically on highways that don’t have meridian rules. JAMES GRIMSLEY: Right. TIM GATZ: So those getpicked up reasonably readily. It’s the ones that are rightthere, you are well aware, at 14 feet where if the consignment alterations justa little bit, if it’s a cistern and it has a flange orsomething off the priorities in it that they didn’taccount for, that’s where we consider some of thesehits originating from.And genuinely, that’sjust adventurer. The motorists have to bereally, truly respectful to those height restraints. But that’s a great point. I think we can make somethingtogether along those lines. JAMES GRIMSLEY: Are thereany existing regulations? I mean, if you’redriving with a drop berthed elevated on an interstate, you’re not dumping gravel. You shouldn’t be. I signify, is theresomething that we– are there additionalenforcements that we could be doingjust to discourage that type of behavior? TIM GATZ: I don’t know thatthere is additional regulation that’s needed.It’s forbidden to run withthe bed in that condition, certainly unsafe. BOB PETERSON: I reckon ForrestGump had a line that I’m not going to be able to remember, but you can’t fix stupid. TIM GATZ: Yeah, exactly. BOB PETERSON: I entail, that’sjust like so rudimentary. It’s like, you getin your auto at night. You turn on the headlights. TIM GATZ: Right. BOB PETERSON: Well, you realize parties that drive withoutthe headlights on. And so– JAMES GRIMSLEY: But there’senforcement right now is what you’re saying. BOB PETERSON: Well, theyneed to be controlled, and I hope this companyhas came lots of insurance and Sarah starts after them. No, that’s just silly. JAMES GRIMSLEY: Right, right. BOB PETERSON: But ithappens to all of us. We’ve got, betweenDon and I, a couple of thousand truck drivers. And rarely, theywill do foolish things. JAMES GRIMSLEY: Right. BOB PETERSON: And they’recoached and incented and all that and civilized, but stupid happens.BOBBY ALEXANDER: Well, theconsequences could be– I want, this material, therecould be multiple fatalities. BOB PETERSON: Oh. Oh, yeah. BOBBY ALEXANDER: Soit could be far worse than merely connection impairment. BOB PETERSON: It’s terrible. TIM GATZ: Yeah, we were extremely fortunate with thatparticular coincidence that there were nosevere traumata. But again, it’s timelost to the detour because that’s aninterstate equipment. That’s not good. That district roadis still closed. So again, a lot of movingparts to putting something like that back together, and it’s just simple.Check those ladens. Be careful. BOB PETERSON: Thereis a requirement that truckers carry$ 1million in indebtednes when they’re in thestate of Oklahoma. TIM GATZ: They’re certainlya liability guarantee requirement. I think it varies. JAMES GRIMSLEY: It’s actually $750,000 unless you’re hauling hazardous substance. Then it’s$ 1 million. So it’s– GENE MCKOWN: This iswithin the insurance range. So this will be paid forby somebody’s insurance. Should be, shouldn’t it? TIM GATZ: We would expect so. So the party that’s known, thatcaused the damage is known. That’s not always the case. But in this particularinstance, we do know. So– DON FREYMILLER: I’vebeen an advocate forever to have all our flakes, weigh depots open 24/7. And if we had weighstations open 24/7, that some of thesethings “couldve been” court.TIM GATZ: Andcommissioner, we’re closer today to havingweigh stations open 24/7. We’re not there more. But ports of entryat the borders certainly are open moreoften than not now. And some of theinternal weigh terminals that you’re talking aboutthat would catch some of these anomalies, they’re working really hard to get those open even more. But it’s us working togetherwith both the Department of Public Safety and thecorporation commission to make sure we reach that. DON FREYMILLER: I knowpeople will probably reflect, what is this man talking about? He’s in the trucking business. Believe me, we inthe industry demand it. BOB PETERSON: Yeah, fleets thatoperate legally– excuse me, Don. The fleets thatoperate legally want the outlaweds caught andfined because we’ve build that financing. And Don has, and thelegitimate fleets do. But some people choose not to. And we’d like them caught. TIM GATZ: Absolutely, and that’s why it’s so important to continueto invest in that weigh station infrastructure because some ofit is still dated out there.It needs make. And we’ll continue to investin not only the ports of entering but the internal weighstations to make sure that we’re doing everything thatwe can to make sure that trucks are being legally operated. Again, DPS has ahighway patrol out there on the roads every day, sizing and forces fraction. And they do a good jobof spot inspections. They take care of a lot ofout of service questions. But we need more. DON FREYMILLER: Agreed. Thanks. JAMES GRIMSLEY: I’d like to doa congratulate to the district two faculty. I have a front row seatto the Calera project, and it’s been underwayfor a couple of years now. And that is an incrediblybusy section of superhighway 69 if you’ve ever motor it.And it’s absolutely amazing howthat projection has progressed, how they’re successfullydiverting freight over it, reducing impacts onthe traveling public. And you can really tell thatthe -Ateam is at work on this. So I just wanted tocompliment Mr. Kelly. Anthony Kelly, the districtengineer and staff, they’ve done avery, very good job. Kept me modernized, but it’smoving extremely, very well, and it’s somethingreally nice to see. TIM GATZ: Thank youfor that, Commissioner. I appreciate yourecognizing that. That was the largest contractthe department ever tell, and it’s been well-managed. Got a great constructioncontractor on it, and everybody’sdoing a good job. It will be really goodwhen it’s accomplished. But they’ve done a good jobunder building thus far, and we look forward tocutting the ribbon on it the not extremely distant future. So thank you , commissioner. GENE MCKOWN: Are there anyother mentions or questions? I’m open for a motionfor adjournment.JAMES GRIMSLEY: So moved. GENE MCKOWN: So moved. TW SHANNON: Second. GENE MCKOWN: MadamSecretary, call the roll. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Coburn. BOB COBURN: Coburn, yes. Topic 1: Mr. Grimsley. JAMES GRIMSLEY: Grimsley, yes. Topic 1: Mr. Shannon. TW SHANNON: Yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Freymiller. DON FREYMILLER: Freymiller, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. McKown. GENE MCKOWN: McKown, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Dyson. DAVID DYSON: Dyson, yes. Subject 1: Mr. Alexander. BOBBY ALEXANDER: Alexander, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. LaForge. STEVE LAFORGE: LaForge, yes. SUBJECT 1: Mr. Peterson. BOB PETERSON: Yes. GENE MCKOWN: Thevote was unanimous. We’re adjourned.

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