(L to R) Guy Engineering Services, Inc. President Julie Guy, Belk Bridge Inc. David Belk, Cherokee Nation Roads Department Director Michael Lynn, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Rogers County District 1 Commissioner Dan DeLozier, Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors Cara Cowan Watts, Buhl Anglen, Lee Keener and Cherokee Nation Transportation Planner Rob Endicott.
CLAREMORE, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation and Rogers County dedicated a $1.6 million road improvement project Monday that is making travel safer near Claremore.
The Cherokee Nation used Tribal Transportation Bridge program funds to provide $1 million to help Rogers County replace a 62 foot truss bridge that had been declared obsolete. Dog Creek Bridge was replaced with a 110-foot bridge, the channel relocated and road straightened. The area often flooded and was the site of many accidents.
“The Cherokee Nation is proud to make the kinds of investments that will make our roadways safe for Cherokee citizens, and for all citizens in Rogers County,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “By continuing to develop these government to government partnerships, we have the opportunity to do more good for more people. To straighten roads and build bridges, so that people don’t have to drive roadways that may flood or are deemed unsafe. It’s a major life-safety issue, and these kinds of improvement projects benefit the whole community.”
Rogers County paid about $600,000 for partial construction, right-of-way, engineering and utility relocation costs. County officials with the help of the Oklahoma State University Extension office replanted 314 trees. The work was contracted to Belk Bridge, Inc. of Broken Arrow.
“I just really appreciate what the Cherokee Nation did. Contributing the million dollars made all the difference on this project, which would have been a longtime coming without the Cherokee Nation’s help,” Rogers County District 1 Commissioner Dan DeLozier said. “This stops all the flooding through here and straightens the roads so that people can actually see what’s going on. No more flooding, no more accidents.”
In fiscal year 2012, the Cherokee Nation’s roads department replaced 87 miles of roadway at a cost of $7.3 million, all within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction.
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