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County leaders have a lot on plate for 2010

County leaders have a lot on plate for 2010

Published: December 31, 2009 11:05 am

Philip Jankowski

Payne County commissioners will have to continue to work with less next year, placing a bit of a stranglehold on road and bridge projects that would have been funded by county money.

Commissioner Bill Deering, who represents eastern Payne County, said he would not be initiating any new projects next year that would use county taxpayer dollars. Instead, commissioners will jockey for state and federal dollars.

Commissioner Jim Arthur said the county will build a $4 million bridge over Stillwater Creek along Country Club Road. That project will be funded by state dollars for big projects allocated by county districts.

Eventually, Arthur said, he hopes to turn Country Club Road into a bypass road around Stillwater. He plans to widen two miles of the road north of S.H. 51 to a four-lane road with proper curbs and gutters between S.H. 51 and Lakeview Road. It would connect to West Lakeview Road. Widening Country Club Road will likely take place in 2011...FULL ARTICLE

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