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TRUST Coalition Hosts Tulsa-area Federal Highway Funding Panel

TRUST Coalition Hosts Tulsa-area Federal Highway Funding Panel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 14, 2009
Contact: Crystal Drwenski
405.410.7668
Cdrwenski@cox.net

News Release

TULSA, OK – The Transportation Revenues Used Strictly For Transportation (TRUST) Coalition today hosted several of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation members and the newly appointed Secretary of Transportation, Gary Ridley, in Tulsa to discuss the pending renewal of the Federal Highway Bill with Tulsa-area leaders and citizens.

The luncheon was attended by Oklahoma Congresswoman Mary Fallin, Congressman John Sullivan, and representatives from Senator Inhofe, Senator Coburn's and Congressman Dan Boren's offices.

Attendees heard from the State Secretary and members of Congress on the options currently being considered by Transportation Committees in Washington and how they would help or hurt Oklahoma's federal funding share. 

Oklahoma receives more than half of its annual road and bridge funding from the Federal government, but declining fuel tax revenues will likely result in the Federal Highway Trust Fund going broke again by late summer or early fall of this year.

Even though recent stimulus funding has allowed the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to expedite dozens of planned projects, the Trust Fund will be insolvent soon without action from Congress, which is slated to renew the six-year Highway Bill this September.  

TRUST hosted the moderated question and answer about the Trust Fund to promote awareness and advocacy among key Oklahoma stakeholders and policy makers to ensure a solution is met that keeps Oklahoma’s federal funding in tact.  

TRUST wishes to thank our sponsors for this event!

APAC-Oklahoma, Inc.
BAE Systems
C L Frates & Company
Chesapeake Operating, Inc.
CP&Y
Craig & Keithline, Inc.
Dolese Bros. Co.
Duit Construction
FirstBank
Garver Engineers
Haskell Lemon Construction Co.
Johnston Enterprises
Koss Construction
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.
Manhattan Road & Bridge
Mauk & Associates
Oklahoma Aggregates Association
Oklahoma Asphalt Pavement Assn.
Oklahoma Association of General Contractors
Plains Bridge Contracting
Poe & Associates, Inc.
SpiritBank
The Benham Company
The Chickasaw Nation
The State Chamber
TTK Construction
Tulsa Chamber
W & W Steel, LLC
Woodward Industrial Foundation

 

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