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Bypass debate triggers transportation bill

Bypass debate triggers transportation bill

Enid News & Eagle
Janelle Stecklein | CNHI Oklahoma  
May 7, 2018     

OKLAHOMA CITY — Crowding into a state transportation meeting Monday, Muskogee residents voiced displeasure about a proposed bypass that opponents contend is being forced upon them by the state.

The plan to relocate U.S. 69 threatens not only the economic viability of the eastern Oklahoma town, but it also threatens to harm the largest church in town, resident Gerald Mille said. Miller, who was allowed to make a rare plea to the Department of Transportation’s governing board, also said the proposal places a major thoroughfare just feet from a nursing facility and elementary school playground.

The initial plan was to widen the existing roadway from four to six lanes, but now — with the support of the trucking industry — transportation officials are eyeing a much more costly bypass in an effort to save motorists between two and 12 minutes, Miller said. The roadway currently runs through western end of town. About 7.3 million vehicles use the roadway a year, he said... FULL ARTICLE

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