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Frix: Governor vetoes bill to stop highway bypass (OPINION)

Frix: Governor vetoes bill to stop highway bypass (OPINION)

Muskogee Phoenix
By Avery Frix / State Representative
May 11, 2018  

The governor this week vetoed a bill that was meant to stop new construction of the bypass along U.S. Highway 69 from proceeding until the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) completes an economic impact study of the project. The bill also would have required approval by the city of Muskogee before the project could be resumed and would have given community and businesses affected a chance to hear potential economic impact and have a chance to stop the project if deemed harmful.

The governor said she vetoed Senate Bill 86 because it would have transferred the decision making on state transportation projects from the State Department of Transportation to local municipalities.

While I have an enormous amount of respect for our state Transportation Department director and those who work for him, I’m incredibly disappointed in the governor’s veto.

I want to assure local residents that I will continue the fight to make sure the City of Muskogee has a seat at the table when deciding on this bypass... FULL ARTICLE

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