The Oklahoma Transportation Commission last week approved spending up to $9 million to hire nine engineering consulting firms to ensure that $180 million of road projects would be ready to go out for bids quickly if Congress approves an infrastructure stimulus package in January.

The projects are some of the 100 road and bridge projects valued at $850 million in the state’s current eight-year road construction plan. Oklahoma Department of Transportation employees will do the engineering and design work on the remaining projects that are not covered under existing engineering contracts.

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