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Commissioners: Budget cuts delay bridge repairs

Commissioners: Budget cuts delay bridge repairs

Tahlequah Daily Press
By Tesina Jackson
Apr 6, 2018

The $1.8 million construction of Thompson Bridge at 14-Mile Creek near Gideon, which replaces a low-water slab, is nearly 80 percent complete.

With approximately 180 bridges throughout Cherokee County, it takes time to fix them - sometimes even longer, if commissioners have to wait for state funds to arrive.

Under the fiscal year 2018 state budget agreement, the state cut nearly $60 million from the County Improvements for Road and Bridges Program, which is administered by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Revenues generated by a percentage of state motor vehicle taxes and fees go into the fund, along with federal, local and tribal funds.

District 2 County Commissioner Mike Brown said several bridges need to be replaced or repaired throughout the county ,and because of budget cuts, it may take longer to receive the additional funding... FULL ARTICLE

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