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Transfer of rights to ease Norman project

Transfer of rights to ease Norman project

ConstructionCreek bridge to be replaced

Published: August 4, 2009

NORMAN — Cleveland County commissioners Monday accepted the Absentee Shawnee tribe’s assignment of rights for the $1.16 million Buckhead Creek bridge project in southeast Cleveland County.

Assistant District Attorney David Batton said the transaction simplifies the partnership between the tribe, the county, the state Transportation Department and the U.S. Department of Interior, which will issue most of the funds through federal stimulus money on behalf of the tribe.

The two-lane bridge on Edge of the Earth Road between 168th and 180th avenues will replace one destroyed by flooding two years ago. Batton said the rights assignment will allow county officials to handle potential construction problems directly with the Transportation Department instead of having to go through tribal court.

On another matter, the commissioners delayed action on buying about 3½ acres of land south of Franklin Road from Johnson Controls for the new jail to let Batton and company officials work out easements for power lines.

Plans call for Franklin Road east of U.S. 77 to be moved slightly to the south to increase traffic safety.

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