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Road, bridge repairs top priorities for rural folks

Road, bridge repairs top priorities for rural folks

Tahlequah Daily Press
By Tesina Jackson
Nov 28, 2018

With hundreds of roads and nearly 180 bridges throughout Cherokee County, residents are saying the biggest needs in rural areas are road and bridge improvements.

District 1 County Commissioner Doug Hubbard said he gets calls about road and bridge services the most. He added that some money for road repairs and paving and construction of new bridges can come from in-house funds, but most comes from the state.

District 2 County Commissioner Mike Brown previously told the Daily Press several bridges need to be replaced or repaired throughout the county, but because of budget cuts, it may take longer to receive the additional funding.

Under the fiscal year 2018 state budget agreement, the state cut nearly $60 million from the County Improvements for Road and Bridges Program, which is administered by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Revenues generated by a percentage of state motor vehicle taxes and fees go into the fund, along with federal, local and tribal monies... FULL ARTICLE

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