Oklahoma Department of Transportation

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is an agency of the government of Oklahoma responsible for the construction and maintenance of the state's transportation infrastructure. Under the leadership of the Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation and ODOT Executive Director, the Department maintains public infrastructure that includes highways and state-owned railroads. Along with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, the Department is the primary infrastructure construction and maintenance agency of the State.[3]

Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Agency overview
Preceding agency
  • Oklahoma Department of Highways
Headquarters200 NE 21st Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Employees2,321 (FY18) [1]
Annual budget$1.65 billion (FY19) [2]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
Parent agencyOklahoma Transportation Commission
WebsiteOklahoma Department of Transportation

ODOT is overseen by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission, composed of nine members appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Senate and Oklahoma House of Representatives. Tim Gatz serves as the Secretary of Transportation and Executive Director of ODOT, as appointed by Governor of Oklahoma Kevin Stitt in 2019. Gatz is also Executive Director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

The Department was created in 1976 during the term of Governor David L. Boren.[3] It superseded the Department of Highways, which was established in 1911.

The Department of Transportation's mission statement is "The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is to provide a safe, economical and effective transportation network for the people, commerce and communities of Oklahoma."[4]


The predecessor agency to ODOT was the Department of Highways, which began operations in 1911, four years after Oklahoma statehood. The Department of Highways, consisting of four employees, was given an initial budget of $3,700.[5] The state's first 29 numbered highways were commissioned on August 29, 1924.[6] As of May 1, 1926, the state highway system consisted of 3,682 miles (5,926 km) of graded dirt roads (72% of the system), 832 miles (1,339 km) of gravel roads (16%), and 634 miles (1,020 km) of paved roads, for a total system length of 5,148 miles (8,285 km).[7] By March 1, 1930, the department name had been modified slightly to simply the Oklahoma Department of Highways.[8]

In 1976, the Oklahoma Legislature restructured the Department of Highways as an overall coordinating agency for the state’s highways, railways and waterways and renamed to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.


The Department of Transportation is primarily funded by motor vehicle fuel taxes, income taxes, legislative appropriations, and a return of federal matching dollars from the Federal Highway Trust Fund. ODOT’s annual budget of both federal and state funds is applied to highway construction and maintenance activities, railways, waterways, rural public transit programs and administration statewide.

ODOT is responsible for construction of maintenance of 30,000 miles (48,000 km) of non-tolled highway lanes and nearly 6,800 bridges and administers state and federal funding used on city and county road and bridge projects. In 2018, ODOT assessed approximately 185 of its highway bridges as being structurally deficient.[9] This is compared to 1,168 structurally deficient bridges in 2004.

The Department maintains 139 miles (224 km) of state-owned railway, which are operated through leases with railroad companies, administers the Federal Highway Administration’s Grade Crossing Safety Program which provides funding to make safety improvements to Oklahoma’s nearly 3,800 at-grade public railway/road intersections, and manages the Amtrak Heartland Flyer passenger rail service in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation.[10]

ODOT is also responsible for administration of state and federal funding for public transit operators in areas with less than 50,000 in population and state safety oversight of fixed guideway rail transit systems, including the Oklahoma City Streetcar.


The agency is under the supervision of the Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation. Under Governor of Oklahoma Kevin Stitt, Tim Gatz is serving as the Cabinet secretary.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission is the governing body of the state transportation department. The Governor of Oklahoma, the President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate, and the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives appoint the members of the nine-member commission. It is the duty of the commission to establish agency policies, award contracts, approve budgets and conduct oversight. The members each represent one of the eight geographic districts corresponding with the agency's eight field divisions, with an additional at-large commissioner representing the entire state. The governor serves as an ex officio member of the commission, but may only vote to break a tie.

The current members of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission are as follows:[11]

  • Governor Kevin Stitt, ex officio
  • At Large: Mr. V. Gene McKown, Chairman
  • District 1: Mr. Bob Coburn
  • District 2: Mr. James Grimsley
  • District 3: Mr. T.W. Shannon, Secretary
  • District 4: Mr. Don Freymiller
  • District 5: Mr. David Dyson
  • District 6: Mr. Bobby Alexander
  • District 7: Mr. Stephen LaForge
  • District 8: Mr. Bob Peterson, Vice-Chairman


  • Cabinet Secretary[12]
  • Transportation Commission
    • Executive Director
      • Chief Engineer
        • Director of Engineering
          • Right of Way and Utilities Division
          • Legal and Business Services Division
          • Bridge Division
          • Roadway Design Division
          • Traffic Engineering Division
          • Environmental Programs Division
          • Survey Division
        • Director of Operations
          • Maintenance Division
          • Construction Division
          • Materials Division
          • Office Engineer Division
          • Field Divisions[13]
            • Division 1 - Muskogee
            • Division 2 - Antlers
            • Division 3 - Ada
            • Division 4 - Perry
            • Division 5 - Clinton
            • Division 6 - Buffalo
            • Division 7 - Duncan
            • Division 8 - Tulsa
      • Deputy Director
        • Legislation and Policy
        • Director of Capital Programs
          • Strategic Asset and Performance Management Division
          • Rail Programs Division
          • Local Government Division
          • Project Management Division
          • Tribal Liaison
          • Facilities Management Division
          • Office of Research and Implementation
          • Waterways Program
        • Director of Finance and Administration
          • Office Services Division
          • Transit Programs Division
          • Media and Public Relations Division
          • Comptroller Division
          • Human Resources Division
          • Procurement Division
      • General Counsel
      • Operations Review and Evaluation Division
      • Civil Rights Division

Field DivisionsEdit

Map of ODOT field divisions
Division[14] Counties Headquarters
1 Adair, Cherokee, Haskell, McIntosh, Muskgoee, Sequoyah, Wagoner Muskogee
2 Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Latimer, Le Flore, McCurtain, Marshall, Pittsburg, Pushmataha Antlers
3 Cleveland, Coal, Garvin, Hughes, Johnston, Lincoln, McClain, Okfuskee, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Seminole Ada
4 Canadian, Garfield, Grant, Kay, Kingfisher, Logan, Noble, Oklahoma, Payne Perry
5 Beckham, Blaine, Custer, Dewey, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Roger Mills, Tillman, Washita Clinton
6 Alfalfa, Beaver, Cimarron, Ellis, Harper, Major, Texas, Woods, Woodward Buffalo
7 Caddo, Carter, Comanche, Cotton, Grady, Jefferson, Love, Murray, Stephens Duncan
8 Craig, Creek, Delaware, Mayes, Nowata, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Rogers, Tulsa, Washington Tulsa

Management and FinanceEdit


The Transportation Department, with an annual budget of well over $1 billion, is one of the largest employers of Oklahoma state government. For fiscal year 2009, the Department was authorized 2488 full-time employees.[15]

Program Area Number of Employees
Administration 222
Transit Programs 6
Railroad Programs 9
Waterways Programs 2
Operations 1788
Engineering Programs 461
Total 2488


The Transportation Department's employees are divided within the following major job classifications:

Title Duties Salary/Year
Transportation Manager Overseeing multiple Divisions $80,000
Division Director Overseeing all activities of a Division $70,000
Assistant Division Director Second highest official in a Division $62,000
Branch Manager Supervise certain activities of a Division $55,000
Assistant Manager Assist branch manager in performance of duties $50,000
Superintendent II Oversee two or more maintenance crews $41,000
Superintendent I Oversee a maintenance crew $38,000
Lead Worker Serve as foreman of maintenance crew $31,000
Equipment Operator Perform construction and maintenance duties

Level 3: $28,000
Level 2: $26,000
Level 1: $23,000


The Department of Transportation is a non-appropriated State agency. This means that is annual operating and program budget is not dependent upon yearly appropriations from the Oklahoma Legislature. The Legislature, through the enactment of State law, has provided the Department with a direct stream of revenue, with all such revenue automatically deposited into the State Transportation Fund. One of primary revenue sources for the Department is the State's sales tax on gasoline and diesel motor fuels. Those taxes constitute roughly one-third of the Department's total budget. Grants under the Federal-aid Highway Program of the Federal Highway Administration equal almost sixty percent of the budget. The remaining ten percent from the sale of State bonds for the construction of State roads and bridges.

The Department's annual budget is divided between two major areas: Departmental Administration ($413 million for FY2011) and Capital Improvements ($1.3 billion for FY2011). The first is used for the operation of the Department, such paying employee salaries and utilities, and the second is used for the construction and maintenance of transportation systems across the State.

Supporting agenciesEdit

  • Highway Construction Materials Technician Certification Board[16]
  • Tribal Advisory Board
  • Waterways Advisory Board
  • County Advisory Board


  1. ^ Oklahoma Department of Transportation. "ODOT Fiscal and Organizational Strategy".
  2. ^ Oklahoma Transportation Commission. "June 4, 2018 Commission Meeting minutes" (PDF).
  3. ^ a b Okla. Stat. tit. 47, § 2-106.2A
  4. ^ Oklahoma Department of Transportation. "Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation". Retrieved April 19, 2010.
  5. ^ Off, Gavin (January 17, 2011). "Paving the Way: Tiny office grew into vital part of our lives". Tulsa World.
  6. ^ Oklahoma Department of Transportation. "Memorial Dedication and Revision History". Retrieved November 4, 2007.
  7. ^ Oklahoma State Highway System (PDF) (Map) (1926 ed.). Oklahoma State Highway Department. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  8. ^ Map Showing Condition of Improvement of the State Highway System (PDF) (Map) (March 1, 1930 ed.). Oklahoma State Highway Department. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  9. ^ Update on Highways and Bridges (Map). ODOT. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  10. ^ Transportation System Funding (Map). ODOT. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  11. ^ Oklahoma Department of Transportation. "Transportation Commissioners".
  12. ^ Oklahoma Department of Transportation. "ODOT Org Chart" (PDF).
  13. ^ Oklahoma Department of Transportation. "ODOT Field Divisions". Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  14. ^ "ODOT Field Divisions". Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on 2019-02-27. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  15. ^ FY 2011 State Budget, Oklahoma Office of State Finance
  16. ^ http://www.odot.org/Publications/19_FO_Publication_AnimatedPages_3.swf

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