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Money well spent

Money well spent

Today, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, and U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will be checking the progress of federally funded projects on Interstate 244 in Tulsa and the Interstate 40 Crosstown Expressway relocation in Oklahoma City. Oberstar’s visit is vital to our state. Oklahoma’s $465 million in federal stimulus dollars have allowed the state to move forward quickly to repair crumbling bridges and roads. The money has had a remarkable effect on the pace of rebuilding, as well as the high-quality jobs created in Oklahoma. It has allowed us to maintain the strength of our road crews and keep Oklahomans moving.

The Democratic chairman of this committee is joining forces with the ranking Senate Republican on the committee that oversees roads and bridges, sending a strong message that Oklahoma is making sure real bipartisan dialogue is being held in Washington. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has put more jobs out for bid than any other state in the nation. ODOT made sure we were ready for the stimulus dollars. Contractors heard the call, and responded with high-quality work. Oklahoma lawmakers continue to appropriate additional money every year to show their commitment to this vital undertaking.

At a time when money is tight, this is one of the ways to spend money that keeps people employed and also rebuilds the state’s asset base — its infrastructure. It is money well spent.

Bobby Stem, Edmond

Stem is executive director of the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors... FULL ARTICLE

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