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Road tops legislative agenda

Road tops legislative agenda

OneVoice represents 34 area chambers of commerce and local governments.

Tulsa World

By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer

Published: 2/19/2010 2:22 AM
Last Modified: 2/19/2010 4:50 AM

Funding for a 10-mile stretch of road linking the Tulsa end of the Turner Turnpike to the L.L. Tisdale Expressway tops the legislative agenda announced Thursday by the 34 area chambers of commerce and local governments combining their lobbying activities under the OneVoice banner.

Announced at a Summit Club press conference, the list of priorities also includes continued funding for the Oklahoma State University Medical Center and other health-care related issues as well as an examination of funding for municipal government, commitment to the federal Race for the Top education grant program and worker compensation reform.

Stealing the show, however, was the afterglow of Wednesday's announcement that Oklahoma had secured a $49.5 million federal grant to replace at least one of the Interstate 244 Arkansas River bridges southwest of downtown Tulsa.

State Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley said federal officials called him Tuesday night to tell him the project was one of 50 nationally to be funded through for the $1.5 billion TIGER grant program, which is part of the federal stimulus initiative... FULL ARTICLE

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