ODOT Commission Meeting- September 10, 2018


[SIDE CONVERSATION] [GAVEL STRIKING] DAVID BURRAGE: We’ll
call the meeting to order and have the Secretary
call the roll. SECRETARY: Mr. Fidler? JOHN FIDLER: Here. SECRETARY: Mr. Overland? DAN OVERLAND: Here. SECRETARY: Mr. Love? GREG LOVE: Here. SECRETARY: Mr. Burrage? DAVID BURRAGE: Here. SECRETARY: Mr. Huckabay? TODD HUCKABAY: Here. SECRETARY: Mr. Alexander? BOBBY ALEXANDER: Here. SECRETARY: Mr. Burgess? BRADLEY BURGESS: Here. SECRETARY: Mr. Peterson? BOB PETERSON: Here. DAVID BURRAGE: Chairman
declares a quorum present to conduct business. And the first thing
we’d like to do is welcome Bob Peterson
to the commission. He’s probably got more
experience than all of us. And we’re going to
act like we know more than he does for a
few meetings, you know, make him uncomfortable. No, we really appreciate
your willingness to serve and welcome
you to the commission. BOB PETERSON: My
pleasure, thank you. [APPLAUSE] DAVID BURRAGE: Item
109 is approval of the minutes of the
Transportation Commission meeting of August 6, 2018. And Bob, I’ll warn you that
we have electronic voting. And it work most of the time. And I think it’ll explain
itself in a minute if the guys are
keeping up with us. We’ll entertain a
motion for approval. SPEAKER: Motion to approve. DAVID BURRAGE: We have a motion. SPEAKER: Second. DAVID BURRAGE: [INAUDIBLE]
second any discussion? Hearing none, please vote. It’s number two, Bob. BOB PETERSON: Got it. DAVID BURRAGE: Motion
passes, and it worked. A few people caught that. Not everybody did, though. Item 110 through 112
is the consent docket. Bob, what we
generally do on this is vote on them all as one. If there is an item in here
that any commissioner wants to discuss separately, we’ll
take it out by acclamation and discuss it separately. Otherwise, we’ll hear
a motion for item– for the consent docket, which
is item 110, 111, and 112. TODD HUCKABAY: So moved. DAVID BURRAGE: Have a motion. SPEAKER: Second. DAVID BURRAGE: Have a second– any discussion? Hearing none, please vote– motion passes. Item 113, or the
engineering contract supplements to be
presented by Mr. Tegeler TIM TEGELER: Good
morning, Mr. Chairman, members of the commission. Item 113, the engineering
contract supplements, I have for this month
part A. And there they all are
statewide contracts. Part A is a statewide off-system
bridge inspection agreement. This is with circuit
engineering district number four for $160,000. Part B, statewide as well, is
their on-demand airborne lidar mapping. This is with Bearing
Tree Land Surveying for additional $500,000. Part C, statewide as well,
on-demand engineering for ADA improvements– this
is with Freese and Nichols for $250,000. And finally, Part D,
statewide as well, on-demand land surveying
with White Hawk Engineering and Design for an
additional $250,000– approval is recommended. And I’ll answer any
questions if you have any. DAVID BURRAGE: You’ve heard
the presentation for item 113-A through -D, what’s
your pleasure? SPEAKER: Motion approved. DAVID BURRAGE: I have
a motion to improve. SPEAKER: Second DAVID BURRAGE: I have a
second, any discussion? Hearing none, please vote. Motion passes, thank
you Mr. Tegeler. TIM TEGELER: Yup. DAVID BURRAGE: Item 114
is the change orders that are greater than
or less than $75,000. Bob, it’s an
information-only item. As you were in your
meeting this morning, we had another group
of commissioners that went over the
change orders, both the less and the greater than. If we had a question
or recommendation, we can bring it up at this time. If no commissioner has a
question about item 114, we’ll move to item 115,
which is the change orders greater than $75,000. Right now it’s appropriate
to ask any questions on change orders less than. Hearing none– Mr. Leonard,
please move to item 115. JOHN LEONARD: Mr. Chairman,
members of the commission, I’d like to present item
115, Parts A through Y. These are the change
orders on projects that have a cumulative
change order value of greater than $75,000. Your approval is recommended. And I’d be glad to
answer any questions. DAVID BURRAGE: We had
a thorough discussion of these items earlier. SPEAKER: Motion to approve. DAVID BURRAGE: We have
a motion to approve. SPEAKER: Second. DAVID BURRAGE: A second– any discussion? GREG LOVE: What was a big
half-million dollar number O? What’s that all about? Brian? JOHN LEONARD: This is the– DAVID BURRAGE: Item O– JOHN LEONARD: –235
project out of [INAUDIBLE].. GREG LOVE: Right. JOHN LEONARD: Whoever ran the
police traffic surveillance on it. GREG LOVE: A half
million dollars. JOHN LEONARD: Yes, sir. GREG LOVE: That’s a number. JOHN LEONARD: We just didn’t
have sufficient quantities set up for it. And we maintain two OHP
out there at all time. Sometimes I think we
even had three out there. GREG LOVE: Half a
million dollars? JOHN LEONARD: Correct– we
had 7,000 additional hours at $74 an hour. DAVID BURRAGE:
Brian, do you want to give further explanation? GREG LOVE: We need to negotiate
a little tougher with DPS it sounds like to me. JOHN LEONARD: Commissioner
Love, that contract price is a non-negotiable
price with the OHP. It is in per contract that
we negotiated with them previously. This will cover the project. And it was needed because of
the high volume of traffic, and the speeds that
are associated with it, and the proximity of
the work taking place. GREG LOVE: OK. DAVID BURRAGE: It’s
just a function of math. BRIAN TAYLOR: Yes, sir. GREG LOVE: While
you’re up, what is kind of the schedule on that? Driving up this
morning wondering– BRIAN TAYLOR: Yes sir, he’s
progressing really nicely. He’s– Allen is way
ahead of schedule. We hope that– matter of fact,
he’s in the room with us today. But I would think that we
would be complete sometime by the later end of the year. Is that correct? No comment. DAVID BURRAGE: He’s
also very smart. BRIAN TAYLOR: We’re way
ahead of schedule right now. And we have been delayed
quite a bit by the weather. And we have had some issues with
some retaining walls with water behind them we had addressed,
but Allen Contracting has been doing an excellent job. And they still got
us ahead of schedule. GREG LOVE: Great, thank you. BRIAN TAYLOR: Yes, sir. DAVID BURRAGE: Thank you for
that further explanation. Any other questions? I can’t remember
if we had a motion. Did we? SPEAKER: Yup. DAVID BURRAGE: And
we had a second. And then I asked anybody
if they had any questions, but we can’t vote
until– there we go. Now we can vote. Motion passes, thank
you Mr. Leonard. Ms, Hilmes is going to
present the lettings. CHELLEY HILMES: Good
morning, Mr. Chairman, members of the commission. Agenda item 116
consists of two items. Part A is for the final
November 2018 bid opening. And Part B is for the 10th
of January 2019 bid opening. The department
requests and recommend approval of this item. SPEAKER: Motion to approve. DAVID BURRAGE: We have a motion. SPEAKER: Second. SPEAKER: Second. JOHN FIDLER: We have a second. Any discussion? There is none, please vote. Motion passes. Thank you. CHELLEY HILMES: Thank you. DAVID BURRAGE:
Item 117, Mr. Delce is going to make a
presentation about the awards. ANTHONY DELCE: Good morning
commissioners, Mr. Chairman, Item 117 are recommendations
from the August 16th bid opening. It is recommended that the
following items from that bid opening, referred to
by quarter, be awarded. It’s quarters 400, 430, 440,
450, 460, 480, 495, 500, 505, 520, 540, 560, 570, and 590. This includes our
recommendations for award. Your approval is requested. DAVID BURRAGE: You’ve
heard the recommendation. SPEAKER: Motion approved. DAVID BURRAGE: I have
a motion to approve. SPEAKER: Second. DAVID BURRAGE: I have a
second, any discussion? Hearing none, please vote– motion passes. ANTHONY DELCE: Thank you. DAVID BURRAGE: Thank
you, Mr. Delce. Mr. Sheffert will
present the presentation of the proposed CIRB
five-year county work plan 2019 through 2023. Sir, take your tie off
before you take the podium. SHANNON SHEFFERT: Get that good
on the camera there, thank you. Mr. Chairman, it’s good to see
you, and commissioners, good to see you. DAVID BURRAGE: This is not
a place for propaganda. SHANNON SHEFFERT: Presentation
of the five-year plan update for years
2019 to 2023, we have worked with our counties
and circuit engineering districts to update our
plan, bring together the current
estimates and desires of the counties and circuit
engineering districts on their plan here. The funding for this plan
is out of the CIRB Program. And we have, in this plan that
you have in front of you here– I put the book on the
horseshoe for you– we have $877 million worth
of projects and improvements in this plan. There are 344 bridges in
the plan, most of which are replacements, a
few reconstructions, but mostly replacements. 39 of the bridges are continuing
to utilize the Crosstown bridge beams that
we were able surplus and give to the counties there. So that’s still being
utilized and well-received. We also have 833 miles of road
improvements in this plan, here. So this includes design,
right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation, and
ultimately construction in this plan. At this time, we
seek your approval for the update, the five-year
plan from 2019 to 2023. If you have any questions,
I’d be happy to answer them. DAVID BURRAGE: Well, we
appreciate all the work that you and your team has done,
and the counties have done. You know, we’d point out
to everybody that is not a plan that just
happens overnight, that it’s ongoing all
the time and any time– appreciate the continued use
of the recycled I-40 Crosstown bridge beams. But if you’re new, or the first
time hearing about the CIRB five-year county
work plan, you need to know that it is not something
that’s developed overnight. It takes many hours and a lot
of people’s work to come up with this plan every year. SHANNON SHEFFERT: Yes, sir. DAVID BURRAGE: Do
we have a motion? SPEAKER: I move to approve. DAVID BURRAGE: I have
a motion to approve. SPEAKER: Second. DAVID BURRAGE: Second,
any discussion? Hearing none, please vote. It has been approved. And again– SHANNON SHEFFERT: Thank you. DAVID BURRAGE: –we appreciate
all the hard work that’s– SHANNON SHEFFERT:
Thank you, sir. DAVID BURRAGE: –put Into this. Item 119 is a asset
preservation plan that Mr. Johnson is
going to present. And it’s another
one of those plans, along with the eight-year
construction work plan, that takes many hours,
and a lot of dedication, and a lot of people’s work. These don’t just
land on our desks without a lot of blood,
sweat, and tears. RICK JOHNSON: Good
morning, Mr. Chairman, members of the commission. In light of my predecessor’s
tie, Boomer Sooner. DAVID BURRAGE: There you go. RICK JOHNSON: Item
119 is a presentation of the Department’s
asset preservation plan. The Department has
completed the plan with consideration for the
critical needs of Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure
and the financial constraint mandated by the projected
federal and state funding availability. The work plan is
balanced by district within the budgetary limitations
of state fiscal years 2019 through 2020. Compass projects have
been defined, validated, and included in accordance
with the transportation needs and priorities of the state. It’s an informational item. I’d be happy to try to answer
any questions you might have. DAVID BURRAGE: It goes to 2022. RICK JOHNSON: Yes sir,
2020– ’19 through 2022. DAVID BURRAGE: Any
questions? of Mr. Johnson? Thank you, sir. Item 120, he’s going to present
the eight-year construction work plan. RICK JOHNSON: Item 120 is the
eight-year construction work plan. The Department has
completed the proposed plan with consideration
for the critical needs of the transportation
infrastructure and financially
constraint mandated by the federal and
state availability. It is also balanced between
each eight divisions within budgetary limitations
of the fiscal years ’19 through ’26. The compass projects have
been defined, validated, and included in accordance
with the transportation needs and the priorities of the state. The Department will ensure
the long term budget integrity of the plan and the
continuing of the projects through active
project management, and project development
and delivery process. Commission approval of the
’19 through 2026 program is requested. DAVID BURRAGE: Thank you
for that presentation. I’d also like to recognize the
governor that just left earlier after dedicating the electric
vehicle charging stations, two of them, that are free– that just want to
thank the governor, who has a few months left,
can’t serve anymore because of term limits,
for supporting the Oklahoma Department of
Transportation, and being a great transportation
governor, and helping us try to maintain our
eight-year construction work plan, and helping us in a great
way fix a lot of our bridges. And just you know,
when you have someone that supports our mission as
well as Governor Fallin did, we need to make sure
that we tell her. Thank you, Governor Fallin. You’ve heard the presentation
of the eight-year construction work plan. What’s your pleasure? SPEAKER: Motion to approve. DAVID BURRAGE: I have a motion. SPEAKER: Second. DAVID BURRAGE: We have a second. Any discussion? Hearing none, please vote– motion passes. Thank you, Mr. Johnson. We are ready for the
Director’s report. Mr. Secretary, you
have the floor. MIKE PATTERSON: Thank
you, Mr. Chairman, members of the commission. Before I do my
Director’s report, I would like to invite Darren
Saliba to come up and give an introduction. You know, from time
to time, we experience one of our leadership
retires from us. And we call them quitters. But in all reality, they
they’ve worked hard. And they’ve done
what they need to do. And Scott [? Sauder ?]
was one of those leaders in the materials division. And so I would asked Darren
to come up and introduce our new materials engineer. DARREN SALIBA: Mr.
Chairman, commissioners, as the Director said, I have
the opportunity and the pleasure to introduce our new
materials division engineer. He graduated from OU in 2006. And he’s worked for the
agency for over a decade. His previous job, he headed
up the structurals lab in the materials
division, and worked on several of the big projects
around the state of Oklahoma. He’s a member of the Kai Epsilon
Engineering Honor Society and is a member of a couple
committees with AASHTO, the national
organization that guides the agency in
transportation-related items. It’s with great pleasure,
commission, ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Matt Romero. [APPLAUSE] MIKE PATTERSON:
Thank you, Darren. I know Matt will do a great job
leading the materials division. Since we have another
guest with us, Director Gatz from the
Turnpike Authority– and I thought it had been
a few months, actually more than a year,
almost two years I think, since you as
a commission approved the activities of the
Turnpike Authority relative to the Driving Forward
Program, where we’re creating new roads in Oklahoma under
the leadership of the Turnpike Authority. I thought it might be good
if Director Gatz might update you a bit, because I
know that I get questions virtually everywhere I go
about what’s going on there. And what’s going on here? And when are they
ever going to start? Trust me, they’re started. Mr. Chairman, if I
could, Director Gatz. DAVID BURRAGE: You bet. TIM GATZ: Mr. Chairman,
commissioners, the Driving Forward Program
is progressing very well. As Secretary
Patterson points out, there is a tremendous
amount of construction going on the projects that
is really not visible. It’s kind of off the
beaten path, if you would. But we are majorly
under construction. And by way of update,
two of the projects that were part of the Driving
Forward are completed now. The pavement reconstruction
on the Bailey and the Muskogee turnpikes along
with modernization of two of our
outdated toll plazas, those projects are complete
and open to traffic, and have been very
well received. The old-style toll plazas were
very much a safety concern for the Turnpike Authority. And we worked very well. And those projects are finished. Here in the Oklahoma
City Metropolitan Area, the Southwest John
Kilpatrick extension that will connect Interstate
40 around to Highway 152 is all under contract, with the
exception of the toll plaza. We expect that project to be
completed and open to traffic in late 2019, early 2020. That project is
progressing on schedule. The Eastern Oklahoma
County facility that will connect Interstate
40 north to Interstate 44, 14 of the 18 construction
contracts on that project are let to contract. There’s a tremendous amount
of earthwork going on, earth moving out
there right now, along with the construction
of drainage structures and bridges. That project is
progressing on schedule. We expect it will
open sometime in 2020. And looking at the projects
in Tulsa, the Turner Turnpike widening to six lanes,
we have one section of that that is
substantially complete now. It’s still pulled down
to four lanes of traffic there on the west
end because it’s in between two
construction projects. We expect some time
later this winter that about eight miles of that
on the west end will be open, so we will open that facility
to the full six lanes. It’s about 18 miles long. And the construction
that’s ongoing is progressing in
accordance with schedule. We still have two
contracts on the Turner that will be let to
construction later in 2019. One is a section
of main line going from where the Creek interchange
ties in to the Turner. And it will extend north
ultimately to the interchange with Highway 66. That project is a joint
project that we’re working with the Department
and Randall White in Division 8 to improve the interchange
with Highway 66, make that a much
safer interchange. And again, those projects
are under design right now and expected to be let to
contract later in 2019. And then finally, the
partnership project that has been a really, really
interesting project to work on is the Gilcrease. And that four and
a half mile project started out as just a bridge
over the Arkansas River, as far as the Driving Forward
Program was concerned. And it has developed
into a partnership between the Department,
OTA, Tulsa County, City of Tulsa, the INCOG
area, and the Federal Highway Administration to
construct that facility from the connection
on Interstate 44 extending north across the
river and connecting ultimately to Highway 412. That is an extremely
important connection that will serve West Tulsa,
provide another Arkansas River crossing opportunity
there between Interstate 244 and Highway 97, and really
help with the Arkansas River barrier that’s created on
the west side of Tulsa. We’re excited
about that project. It’s unique. And we’re moving ahead with it. We are right now,
considering the statements of qualifications of
folks that responded that want to be a partner
in delivering that project. And again, if everything were to
go in accordance with our best schedule expectation,
we’d be able to put that project under construction
sometime in the Summer of 2019. So all of that said, the
engineering companies and the construction
contractors that have helped us with the
Driving Forward Program have done an absolutely
exceptional job. We’re very blessed to have
those types of companies here in the state of Oklahoma
that can help us without– help us with that type of work. And we’re really
right on schedule and progressing forward nicely. I’d be happy to
answer any questions that the commission may have. DAVID BURRAGE:
Commissioner Love? GREG LOVE: Tim, one thing
that we need to figure out, or we need to be
thinking about is, how are we going to
communicate to, primarily, the through traffic? So you’re a guy
coming up from Dallas. How do you tell him that
he can cut across on 240 and come up the new toll leg? And the same for that
guy coming on I-40 eastbound, how do you
tell him that he can now drop down on that–
go by the airport and not go through town? TIM GATZ: It is a multifaceted
approach that we’re– and part of that starts with
traffic signing and making sure that we communicate
with the traveling public as best we can. But that’s also a
conversation with some of the navigational aids
and the companies that provide those services,
so they offer those routes as alternatives
to through traffic coming into the metropolitan
area of Oklahoma City. That is an exceptional point. But we’ve already started
some of those communications with Google Maps, and Waze,
and other companies that are out there. But that will be critical,
that those alternative routes, whether you’re
talking about the JK2 on the west or the eastern
Oklahoma County facility on the east, that
those are recognized and routable within
those navigational tools. GREG LOVE: Great, thank you. DAVID BURRAGE: Any
further questions? I really appreciate the update. TIM GATZ: Yes, sir– thank you,
Mr. Chairman, commissioners. MIKE PATTERSON: Thank
you, Director Gatz. I appreciate that. Mr. Chairman, you know, Tim
talks about the partnership. And Tim and I are very proud
that our two agencies are working so closely together,
coordination and collaboration on these interchanges
between these major highways, because we are making a
difference in the mobility and access here in Oklahoma,
and certainly right now working on what’s going to go
on in Oklahoma City. The Gilcrease project
is an interesting one, much like some of the other
toll roads that we have today. The Gilcrease, I’ll
remind you, was first a concept of the Department
of Transportation back in the early
’60s, ’61, ’62. And we just never could
get enough money together to put it. And so finally put together
the team that Tim mentioned, and so we find ourselves
on the cusp of bringing great transportation to the
Tulsa Metropolitan Area also. So Tim, thank you
for your update. I have a few things. Thank you again for approving
the eight-year construction work plan. You know, it is something
that’s been around since 2003. It is our guiding
light, so to speak. It is what we all work on. Within our eight-year
plan, we’re trying to achieve and maintain
performance measures, ie, the structural
deficient bridges. I don’t think we would be as far
along on structurally deficient bridges had it not
been for the fact that we had an eight-year
construction work plan to keep us focused. It was the eight-year
construction work plan that really provided
confidence to decision leaders at the capital that the
professionals at the Department of Transportation could focus
on what needs to get done, when it needs to get done,
and how it means to get done. So the Chairman talked about
the governor’s support. I want to thank you
for your support. And Chairman is right. It doesn’t happen overnight. We don’t just drop it. We’ve been working on this
since late May, long hours. And you have been
working on it with us. It’s not that you just come in,
and look at it, and approve it. You’ve had meetings with
your division engineers. You afforded me an opportunity
to sit down with you and go over your
eight-year plan. So for that, I really
appreciate all the support that you’ve given
us in all the years, but particularly, this one. This eight-year plan,
unlike the last two years– you may recall, the last two
years I got up here and said, man, I can’t
believe we’re having to, we have a smaller
eight-year plan than we did the year before, obviously
because of budget cuts, $872 million or something. I like to say 880, so I’ll
say $880 million since 2010. We had to reduce
our eight-year plan. And when you think about $880
million, almost $900 million, that’s the value of one year. We lost a year in
the eight-year plan. You heard Shannon in your
subcommittee meetings talking about the
$130 million taken out of the CIRB program, $130 on
$120 million annual revenue. They lost a year. But it doesn’t diminish our
resolve to keep moving forward. And in that note,
we recently were notified that we
have $72 million fourth-quarter redistribution
of federal funds. So that doesn’t happen
just by chance either. We have to have
shovel-ready projects that we can show
the Federal Highway Administration and
the federal government that we are ready to spend
anything you can get us, $443 million of
shovel-ready projects. Well, some of that’s because,
as I said, we lost a year, so we continue to
design projects, get them ready for a
day like $72 million. Now the $72 million is
not new money to us. The federal government gives us
money and then only allows us to spend so much. Now they’re allowing us to
spend another $72 million. So we’ve got certain colors of
money, certain pots of money. The $72 million will allow– budget authority will
allow us to spend down the balance that we have. So we’re really
excited about that. The highest before the $72
million was $52 million. So it just shows that
Oklahoma continues to be ready to spend anything
anybody will bring us. You’ll recall the
[INAUDIBLE] program when President Obama came in. We were number one in the
country, projects ready to go. We got out front,
stayed out front. We will continue to
maintain that position. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for– I have to say it slow too– electric vehicle
charging stations. Thanks for participating
in that event. I’m really excited about that. Don Sullivan, who’s
not here today. She’s traveling. But she called me
one day because she was touring the facility
with New Spiers technology. New Spiers is one of
the partner groups that worked with us along with
Pelco, and Patco Electric, and certainly the Department
of Transportation team in putting those, that
location there, free of charge. But it’s an opportunity for
us to begin to embrace– further continue to
embrace new technology. You’ve seen us move bridges. You’ve seen us bring in new
types of pavement, other kinds of new technologies. But now we’re venturing
in this arena, because we think it’s important
when you talk about automobile manufacturers electrifying
or bringing electricity to their fleet, we
think the customers are going to need something. We think our constituency
are going to need something. I think the governor
was asked, well, who would use this facility? Well, I think starting out,
it will be the local people. You can always charged
in an OGE car out there. I imagine the word is going
to get out that that is there. But ultimately, it’s
going to show up on a map, so someone crisscrossing
this country can pull in and get a
charge, free of charge, as the Chairman says. So we’re excited. And we just want to
continue to embrace those kinds of technologies. I mentioned to you
[INAUDIBLE] new technologies. [INAUDIBLE] thanks. –driving Oklahoma autonomous
connected vehicles, trucks that are linked
together, [INAUDIBLE].. So our working group had our
second meeting last week, where we’re getting educated up. It’s really exciting,
the group of people that we have together. And in that discussion,
we’re talking about what the
future of revenues are for transportation,
because at every turn, we talk about electric vehicles. When Uber presented to
the group last week, talked about all the
things Uber is doing. And one of the things is they’re
moving to electric vehicles. So how do you fund
transportation if cars are electric and
2/3 of our motor fuel tax comes from cars? Well, we’re going to have
to take a look at that. There’s been a discussion at
the capital the last two years about a annual fee
for electric vehicles. Many states already have it. We’re going to have to
continue that discussion. But I do want to point out– I mentioned our partners
that sponsored with us. But I really want
to take a moment– and I’m going to
put on my glasses– because I think we all learned
something in this experience. I want to read the names of
the ODOT folks that were– you know what, when Don called
me, and I said, heck yeah, we want that charging station. And then Ken Phillips had to
figure out how to put it in. I’m not sure Ken had
ever seen an electric car station, charging station. But he’s got
experience at it now. But so Ken Phillips Jared
Swanson, [INAUDIBLE],, Scott Graves, Matt
Finch, Monica Henry, Craig Williams of Division 4,
[? Trenton ?] [? January ?] of Division 4, Kevin Lowe
here in the Central Office, and Brian Marcus
of our sign shop. I can’t– you know, it’s
exciting when people want to jump on a new
project, something new. You don’t see it every day. And that’s what
we’ve presented out her.e so thank you for
participating in that. Commissioner
Huckabay, I don’t know if you heard, but we got
$1 million the other day on a grant for that Elk
City Interchange project– congratulations. I was a– TODD HUCKABAY: Thank you. MIKE PATTERSON: There were
a few grants handed out around the country. And for the
innovation that we’re bringing with the diverging
diamond to Elk City– it’s not a whole lot of money. But it shows the support
that the federal government is giving to Oklahoma and others
looking for innovative ideas. So we’re excited about
getting money certainly, but we’re excited
for the recognition it gives us as well. TODD HUCKABAY: Yeah, absolutely. MIKE PATTERSON: And
then my last item– you know, we often talk
about distracted driving. Often it has to do
with cell phone usage. But unfortunately,
more often than that, it probably has something
to do with texting. You know, we’re
doing things here like putting rumble
strips on the edge, rumble strips in the
middle, campaigns about work zone safety, anything we can
do to kind of grab somebody’s attention and change behavior. But the Insurance
Commissioner, John Doke has put together
a program that– when I asked again, do you want
to partner with us, heck yeah, absolutely. Buddy Combs is here from
the commissioner’s office. Buddy, thank you– back here. Also joining us
in the partnership is the Departments
of Public Safety, Oklahoma Highway Safety Office,
and our forever partners, the Turnpike Authority. So we’re following the lead
of the Insurance Commissioner. And we’re going to get
serious about this. You know, we can
build great highways. But we need the people using the
highways to use them correctly. So we have a couple of videos
that we want you to see. Again, in case your
asked, because we’re going to be a
partner on this, we want you to see these videos. So guys in the back, here we go. [VIDEO PLAYBACK] – I’ve lost a dear
friend of mine to a distracted
driving accident. Senior in high school,
life was just beginning– I mean, literally, in
the parking lot, leaving high school graduation,
and a distracted driver hit her in that parking lot. Nothing– no text,
no food, nothing is worth your life or
someone else’s life. – Distracted
driving is dangerous and could raise your
insurance rates. Don’t risk it. – How many letters? Five letters. Just think about it. What am I doing right now? – Smiling. – Smile? – Uh-huh. – This is so easy. [END PLAYBACK] MIKE PATTERSON:
Commissioners, as you can see, it’s going to
grab some attention. We mean for it to
grab attention. We have to change the dialogue
in the state of Oklahoma and this country about
distracted driving. I’ll be happy to
answer any questions. DAVID BURRAGE: That
one is pretty tough. MIKE PATTERSON: It’s tough. It means to be tough. DAVID BURRAGE: Well, I know
the other commissioners will join me in
congratulating you guys for being steadfast
and not wavering from the task on distracted
driving and workplace safety. It’s been a long-time initiative
here at the department. And it’s never going away. And we can never stop. We appreciate it. Anybody have a question
for the director? Thank you. Bob, I know you’ve probably
already been briefed on this, but probably one of the
most important things is that there’s a football
on the east side the building that has– BOB PETERSON: I didn’t see that. DAVID BURRAGE: Yes, and
so at some point in time, you’ll need to declare– BOB PETERSON: Do I touch it? DAVID BURRAGE:
You’re supposed to. You’ll have to declare
your allegiance. I can tell you there’s a lot of
people on the commission that go south, but there’s a lot of
people out there that go north. BOB PETERSON: Right. DAVID BURRAGE: We think
they’re all good people, but the ball is red–
crimson and cream right now. BOB PETERSON: Got it. DAVID BURRAGE: Anything else
come before the commission? If not, we’ll have
a motion to adjourn. SPEAKER: So moved. DAVID BURRAGE: I have
a motion, and a second? We will vote. And we’ll be adjourned. [GAVEL STRIKING]

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