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State roadwork praised by Oklahoma leaders

State roadwork praised by Oklahoma leaders

Congressional panel’s chairman tours stimulus-funded projects

BY JULIE BISBEE The Oklahoman

Published: January 19, 2010

The chairman of a congressional committee on transportation and infrastructure toured Oklahoma road projects Monday to get a firsthand look at how the state has spent its federal transportation funds.

U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., visited two highway projects funded with stimulus dollars and got a glimpse of work being done to relocate Interstate 40 in downtown Oklahoma City.

With a completed section of the new I-40 Crosstown Expressway in the background, Oberstar praised Oklahoma’s efforts to quickly put federal stimulus dollars to work. Oklahoma ranks seventh among states with stimulus projects under contract, he said.

Oberstar also lauded the state for its constitutionally protected fund for road and bridge projects... FULL ARTICLE

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