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Cherokee Nation, ODOT cut ribbon on US-75 improvement project

Cherokee Nation, ODOT cut ribbon on US-75 improvement project
09/14/2019 10:00 AM

OCHELATA – The Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma Department of Transportation cut the ribbon on a highway safety improvement project along U.S. Highway 75 near Ochelata, officially completing the seven-month long project.

Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and Dist. 12 Tribal Councilor Dora Patzkowski met with Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz and other tribal, county and state officials on Sept. 5 to cut the ribbon on the $678,000 project.

“This intersection provides important access to Cherokee Nation’s Cooweescoowee Health Center in Ochelata, where tens of thousands of patients are seen each year,” Hoskin said. “The Cherokee Nation is always proud to work with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, especially when our work helps prevent collisions and makes a route safer. This is a great example of the strengths of a partnership between the Cherokee Nation and the state of Oklahoma.”

The CN received the $411,000 through Tribal Transportation Safety Funds, which are set aside by the federal government annually to address transportation safety issues in Indian Country. Funds are awarded to federally recognized tribes through a competitive discretionary program... FULL ARTICLE

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