Oklahoma Transportation Director, Gary Ridley visited with Class II of the PLC on March 6th. Ridley’s ODOT service dates back to 1965, when he joined the department as an equipment operator. He became Division Engineer at Clinton in 1995. He left ODOT in 1997 to become executive director of the Oklahoma Asphalt Paving Association. He returned to the department in January 2001 as Assistant Director for Operations and was named Director in August 2001. During the Webbers Falls bridge disaster and reconstruction in the summer of 2002, He steered ODOT through the difficult and unprecedented time with innovation and flexibility. Ridley is a native of Chicago and a registered professional engineer.
Ridley visited with the students about how roads and highways are funded and built in Oklahoma.