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More stimulus money should go for road repair

More stimulus money should go for road repair

This article first appeared in the Enid News & Eagle
March 10, 2009 11:47 pm

Is anyone in Oklahoma really surprised to learn that section of I-40 that passes through Oklahoma is considered one of the worst roads in America?

Parade magazine polled truckers on conditions of roads and interstates, and our part of I-40 was deemed as one of the roughest stretches of highways. But, the truckers were quick to point to other bad interstates across our nation.

Anyone else who has done any driving across much of our country also knows how bad many of our major highways and roads are. All over our country, roads and bridges are failing, and some to catastrophic levels, such as the one in Minneapolis.

The president's stimulus package contains billions of dollars for road and bridge improvements in our nation. Certainly some of these major infrastructure problems will be addressed. Oklahoma is expected to receive $340 million to be used for road and bridge projects; with $72 million going to I-40.

However, even if every state in the nation received $340 million, that accounts for only $17 billion in road improvements. Of course, we know other states will receive a lot more road money than Oklahoma.

Yet, in a stimulus package well over $710 billion, less than $100 billion of that is going toward roads.

Since weÕre spending money we don't have anyway and the American people overall dont seem too concerned about it wouldn't it have been a more prudent and worthwhile opportunity to put at least half the stimulus money toward fixing up our nation's major source of transit which is the basis of our economy our highway system?

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1 comment (Add your own)

1. Robert W. Keeling wrote:
This is an excellent article and as I see the toll roads in Oklahoma are raising their prices, I would like to write a Letter to the Editor of the Chickasha Express giving my thoughts regarding this increase. This increase will definitely affect the citizens of Chickasha as this is the main route to OKC and Norman, however there are alternate routes. The toll increase will also affect Pike Pass owners at a higher rate than those paying cash. I would like to have your permission to quote a sentence from this article if I do write this letter. I know this is copywrited and it is necessary to get permission first.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Robert W. Keeling
Chickasha OK 73018

Wed, July 22, 2009 @ 6:57 PM

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