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ODOT yields to Stitt, delays bypass hearing

ODOT yields to Stitt, delays bypass hearing

Muskogee Phoenix
By D.E. Smoot / dsmoot@muskogeephoenix.com  
Jan 13, 2019   

State transportation officials have yet to schedule a public hearing to get input from Muskogee residents about ideas to address the growth of freight transportation on U.S. 69.    
Residents were told more than a year ago — after news surfaced about a controversial proposal to reroute through traffic around the west side of Muskogee — a public hearing would be convened in January.  Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials said the public hearing would be a critical part of the planning process, and input from residents would be essential.

An ODOT spokesman said in November the agency was "still shooting for a January meeting" and were trying to secure a convenient location. The format of the public hearing also an issue being addressed at the time.

"Nothing has changed on U.S. 69 in Muskogee. ODOT will be holding a public meeting, but a date has not been set," spokesman Cody Boyd said. "Executive Director Mike Patterson is waiting to get input from the incoming governor on his transportation priorities before moving forward." FULL ARTICLE

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