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Transportation bills represent state commitment to infrastructure development

Transportation bills represent state commitment to infrastructure development

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, June 4, 2012 – Transportation Revenues Used Strictly For Transportation (TRUST), an advocacy group dedicated to funding and restoring Oklahoma’s infrastructure, applauded Governor Mary Fallin today for signing HB 2248 and HB 2249 saying the bills represent the state’s commitment to improving its transportation infrastructure.

“These two bills are very important to the future of Oklahoma’s bridge and highway system,” said Neal McCaleb, TRUST president. “Over the past six years the Legislature has consistently returned transportation funding as a core priority of state government which is returning tremendous economic and public safety benefits to Oklahoma and its residents, while maintaining the state’s current eight-year road and bridge construction plan. The members of TRUST extend our deepest thanks to the Legislature and Governor Fallin for their support of Oklahoma’s transportation system.”

HB 2248 increases the cap on the Rebuilding Oklahoma Access Driver Safety (ROADS) Fund which allows the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to expand project planning within their current multi-year construction plan.

HB 2249 phases in over three years, a total of 5% of the Motor Vehicle Collection tax from the General Revenue Fund to the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges Fund. The additional funds will help replace structurally deficient bridges in counties across Oklahoma using repurposed beams from the former I-40 Crosstown Expressway.

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TRUST is an advocacy group dedicated to restoring Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure. We are committed to creating a culture within Oklahoma government that values and adequately funds transportation as a top priority. Since 2005 TRUST has grown into a diverse coalition of more than 120 statewide organizations representing banking, energy, agri-business, construction, chambers of commerce, public safety, transportation and concerned citizens. To learn more visit www.RestoreTRUST.org

Contact: John Cox, TRUST communications director, 405.255.8117, jdcox@cox.net


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