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Fallin's veto of effort to politicize highway routing decisions is a good one (EDITORIAL)

Fallin's veto of effort to politicize highway routing decisions is a good one (EDITORIAL)

Don’t politicize highway bypasses

Tulsa World
By World's Editorial Writers
May 18, 2018

Gov. Mary Fallin did the right thing when she rejected legislation that effectively would have given towns veto power over state highway routing decisions.

At the center of the controversy is Oklahoma Department of Transportation consideration of the possible future of U.S. 69 around Muskogee. The project’s route hasn’t been determined and construction isn’t scheduled to start until 2025, but there’s a lot of anxiety in Muskogee that the city will be bypassed.

A Muskogee bypass would make an important transportation corridor from Kansas City to Dallas faster and less expensive. It also would reduce the number of semitractor-trailer rigs belching out fumes at Muskogee traffic lights, reducing congestion and pollution there.

But to Muskogee, it’s also an economic hit. It would mean fewer truckers and tourists buying fuel and food and staying at local motels... FULL ARTICLE

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