Chickasaw Nation Safety Program receives National Recognition

September 14, 2021  |  The Ada News

A Chickasaw Nation community program was honored with an elite award by a national organization for achievements in the field of public safety.

The Chickasaw Nation Division of Education Car Seat Program received a 2020 Lifesaver Public Service Award presented by the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during a July 29 ceremony.

The Lifesaver Public Service award is the highest public award that NHTSA presents to recognize and honor individuals and organizations for achievements in the field of traffic safety.

The Chickasaw Nation Car Seat program creates a safer environment for Chickasaw citizens and community members, said Brian Jones, deputy regional administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Mr. Jones, who presented the award, manages federal highway safety programs for Region 6, which includes Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and First American Nations.

Plans to turn Ardmore airport into $124M shipping hub announced by Chickasaw Nation, partners

August 6, 2021  |  The Oklahoman

ARDMORE — When the Chickasaw Nation bought 160 acres of land near a decommissioned military airport north of town, tribal leaders recognized the potential of an industrial site halfway between Oklahoma City and Dallas. 


Years later, on Wednesday, the tribe and others announced a joint $124 million project to turn the rural land into an air, rail and ground shipping hub. 


Tribal leaders, city officials and business executives envision a distribution, storage and manufacturing zone that will bring thousands of jobs to southern Oklahoma and cut heavy traffic on highways between two of the region’s largest cities.

Choctaw Nation advances in FAA drone program

November 1, 2020  |  The Pine Bluff Commercial

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was recently announced as one of eight governments to continue working on a Federal Aviation Administration program to tackle remaining unmanned aircraft systems challenges.


Package deliveries, pipeline and powerline inspection, flood damage assessment, 911 call responses and even cattle counts are among those challenges imposed on the program.


U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced Friday the three-year Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP) successfully concluded on Oct. 25.


The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. made an agreement in December 2019 to add Bell to the Choctaw Nation’s UAS IPP team and begin testing some of the Bell innovations and systems on trible property in rural southeastern Oklahoma.

Dolese donates
truck to Oklahoma volunteer fire department

October 29, 2020  |  KFOR Oklahoma News 4

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – An Oklahoma volunteer fire department recently received a generous donation from a local company.


Dolese Bros. Co. recently donated a truck to the Mountain View Volunteer Fire Department.


“My team at the department and our community as a whole are deeply thankful for the generous donation from Dolese,” Mountain View Fire Department Chief Kevin Hooper said. “Reliable transportation and vehicles are paramount in effectively doing the work we do, our purpose is to serve the citizens of Mountain View and surrounding areas to the best of our ability and this donation helps us do that.”

Cherokee Nation receives nearly $300K grant to add five new transit vans

August 25, 2020  |  The Claremore Daily Progress

The Cherokee Nation recently received a nearly $300,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration for five new transit vehicles that will replace older vans and expand services in Tahlequah and Stilwell.


Cherokee Nation’s Department of Transportation program is one of only three tribal programs in Oklahoma and one of 36 total projects in 14 states to receive one of the FTA’s Tribal Transit Program grants. The Tribal Transit Program funds help tribes like the Cherokee Nation connect citizens to jobs, health care, school, and other necessary services.


The new transit vans, which were delivered in July, replaced three of the Cherokee Nation’s older transit vans that provide employment-based commuter routes from Sallisaw to Tahlequah, Salina to Catoosa and demand response, known as curb-to-curb service, in Tahlequah. Two of the new vans will expand the tribe’s demand response services in Stilwell as well as additional areas in Tahlequah.

“Whether it’s to get to work, school, medical appointments or other vital services, our citizens need safe, reliable transportation now more than ever,” said Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner. “It’s a blessing to be able to upgrade our transit fleet and provide expanded services in areas where it’s needed most.”

Electrify America Announces Collaboration with Love’s Travel Stops

August 20, 2020  |  Clean Technica

New Electrify America stations in Arizona, Florida, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Utah feature 28 chargers.


Reston, VA (August 18, 2020) – Electrify America, the largest open direct current (DC) fast-charging network in the U.S., today announced it will work with Love’s Travel Stops, the nation’s industry-leading travel stop network, to bring public ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to seven locations in six U.S. states.

The seven charging stations, located in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah, Florida, New York and Arizona, will have a combined 28 EV chargers and be available for public use by early 2021 – with five locations already open. The most recent Love’s station opening in Salina, Utah, helped complete a cross-country route of Electrify America chargers spanning from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.

“As we continue building charging stations at accessible sites, Love’s Travel Stops was a perfect fit because of its convenient locations near major highways,” said Rachel Moses, senior manager for site acquisition, development and strategy at Electrify America. “Providing EV drivers with the opportunity to charge their vehicles at Love’s locations will help instill confidence for longer interstate trips, and can encourage more consumers to consider making the switch to electric...”

Tim Morgan Named Office Leader for HNTB's Central U.S. Offices in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Iowa

MAY 3, 2019  |  Yahoo! Finance 
PR Newswire

Morgan is responsible for leading and growing HNTB's presence in greater Kansas City, St. Louis, Oklahoma and Iowa.


KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 03, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Tim Morgan, PE, has been named HNTB Corporation's office leader for the firm's Central U.S. offices in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Iowa. A vice president, Morgan has 15 years of technical expertise and leadership experience in transportation infrastructure in the region. He previously served as HNTB's Oklahoma practice leader for the past two years.


Morgan leads more than 200 multidisciplinary professionals in Kansas City; Overland Park, Kansas; St. Louis; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Bettendorf, Iowa. Employees deliver bridge, aviation, toll, highway, transit, rail, planning, program/construction management and other services to clients throughout the region.


"Tim brings a demonstrated track record of success on many of HNTB's most visible projects," said Michael Inabinet, PE, HNTB Central Region president. "His leadership skills, combined with deep technical knowledge and commitment to the communities we serve, are tremendous assets to our employees and clients..."

Cherokee Nation receives $281,000 Grant to add five new transit vans

Feb 18, 2019  |  Tahlequah Daily Press

Funding will also expand low-cost curb-to-curb response service in Tahlequah, Pryor.

The Cherokee Nation is receiving a $281,250 grant from the Federal Transit Administration for five new transit vehicles that will replace older vans and expand services in Tahlequah and Pryor.


Cherokee Nation’s Department of Transportation program is one of only three tribal programs in Oklahoma and one of 36 total projects in 14 states to receive one of the FTA’s Tribal Transit Program grants. Tribal Transit Program funds help tribes like the Cherokee Nation connect citizens to jobs, health care, school and other necessary services.


Cherokee Nation will replace three older transit vans, which currently provide employment-based commuter routes from Salina to Catoosa, Sallisaw to Tahlequah, and Tahlequah to Catoosa. The tribe will also expand its demand response, known as curb-to-curb service, in Tahlequah and Pryor with two more new transit vans. The five new vans are expected to be delivered by the fall of 2019...


Feb 17, 2019  |  Tulsa World

David Streb was recently selected by the Board of Directors to be the President of Poe & Associates to succeed outgoing President Jim Benson who served as President from 2012-2019.

David joined the Poe team in 2013 as Senior Vice President and the Oklahoma City Office Manager following retirement from ODOT after 27 years where he served as the Director of Engineering for 12 years.  David will lead the company of 70+ employees who specialize in large complex highway and bridge design work, transportation program management, survey, water system for municipalities and rural water districts, GIS, right of way, and utilities services.  Poe has offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Wichita to serve their clients. David has worked his entire career in the transportation industry and is also active outside of Poe by having recently served 3 years on the AOGC Board of Directors, currently serves at the Chair of the OKC Chamber Transportation committee, and serves on the ACEC (consulting engineers) partnering committee with ODOT. All of these efforts are dedicated to improve Oklahoma’s transportation system...

ACPA Names Recipients of 2018 'Excellence in Concrete Pavements' Awards

Dec 4, 2018  |  Construction Equipment Guide

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) has named recipients of its 29th Annual "Excellence in Concrete Pavements" awards.

These awards recognize quality concrete pavements constructed in the United States and Canada. The awards program encourages high-quality workmanship, quality and creativity in concrete pavement projects.


The award-winning projects were paved by 22 different contractors. Projects are located in 13 states or regions represented by ACPA-affiliated Chapters and State paving associations. Winners were determined by 40 professionals who devoted their time and expertise to serve as judges..

Love’s Opens Travel Stop Near OKC

Nov 9, 2018  |  Transport Topics

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores added 95 truck parking spots in Oklahoma with the opening of a facility in El Reno on Nov. 8, according to a company press release.

The 11,000-square-foot location about 27 miles outside Oklahoma City also created 50 jobs.


The parking spots are likely a relief to regional truckers; truck parking ranked fifth on a 2018 survey of top issues compiled by the American Transportation Research Institute.


Oklahoma City-based Love’s is the nation’s largest travel stop network, with more than 470 locations in 41 states, according to the company’s website. Founded in 1964, the company is family-owned and operated, and has more than 22,000 employees...