Oklahoma Owner Operator Jobs
With the confluence of three major interstates in the area, it’s no wonder that traffic congestion is a major problem for the inhabitants of Oklahoma City. I-44 and I-40 cross I-35 which causes headaches for commuters and the owner operator in Oklahoma alike. Travelers in the city spend an average of 30 hours per year idling in traffic jams. However once clear of the city, it’s wide open road across the rest of the state.
Oklahoma has 12,000 miles of highways. This total includes toll roads and turnpikes as well as other federal and state highways. Traffic congestion isn’t a problem on most of the state’s roads, but bridges and roads are in need of repair. Oklahoma had the third most deficient bridges in the nation in 2010. The U.S. Department of Transportation found that 235 bridges on national highways needed work and 5,212 bridges in the state were structurally deficient. So many deficient bridges can have an impact on routing decisions, particularly for drivers hauling overweight loads.
Oversize permits can be requested online, but the driver or company must set up a profile with the state first. This can be done in person, online or by phone. If the route uses county roads, the county must also approve the trip. Oversize loads that will move on Oklahoma City local streets must be approved by the city.
Because of its location, Oklahoma is subject to every kind of weather extreme. Storms move into the Great Plains states suddenly and often without warning. State officials may prohibit oversize load movement during blizzards, tornadoes or other extreme weather conditions.
The energy industry has always been a huge part of Oklahoma’s economy. The state ranks in the top five in oil and natural gas production, so there should be ample jobs for drivers with hazardous material and tanker endorsements. Wind power is a growing segment of the state’s economy. Oklahoma ranked number eight in wind energy in 2011. Drivers skilled in moving oversize loads should find opportunity in this growing industry.