OKLAHOMA CITY - Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat today released the following statement following the passing of former Oklahoma Department of Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley.
“The state was fortunate to have Gary Ridley. His dedication and commitment to the state Department of Transportation led to the historic transformation of roads and bridges in Oklahoma. When he took over as secretary of transportation, we were ranked near last for deficient roads and bridges. Because of his foresight and the projects he set in motion, we are now ranked in the top five for best roads and bridges. In addition to his blue collar work ethic, Secretary Ridley was a genuine person who was a stranger to no one. I consider myself fortunate to say I knew him as a colleague and a friend. My wife Maressa and I ask Oklahomans to keep Secretary Ridley and his family in their thoughts and prayers.”