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Senate highway bill advances with funding boost for Oklahoma

Senate highway bill advances with funding boost for Oklahoma

The Oklahoman
by CHRIS CASTEEL
Updated: Wed, July 31, 2019 1:21 AM

A highway bill that cleared a U.S. Senate committee on Tuesday would provide a major funding boost for Oklahoma construction, while also addressing freight and workforce development issues, Sen. Jim Inhofe said Tuesday.

Oklahoma would get $4.2 billion over five years for road building and additional money through separate bridge and freight programs, according to Inhofe, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee.

The state will get about $800 million in the first year of the bill, starting in 2020, if it survives as approved on Tuesday. Several steps remain before the bill goes to the full Senate.

Inhofe, R-Tulsa, said Oklahoma will get about $100 million more per year under the new legislation, compared to the 2015 highway bill... FULL ARTICLE

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