Cherokee Nation gives $7.7M to Sequoyah County road project

BY STAFF REPORTS
06/20/2019 04:30 PM
SALLISAW – The Cherokee Nation is partnering with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Sequoyah County to continue improvements to Dwight Mission Road.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Tribal Councilors E.O. Smith and Bryan Warner visited Sallisaw recently to present a check for $7.7 million to the Sequoyah County Commissioner for the second phase of the road project.

“We are proud to contribute to the improvement of roads in all parts of the Cherokee Nation, including this highly trafficked section of road in Sequoyah County,” Baker said. “Thanks to Cherokee Nation’s infrastructure investment, this project will make it safer for families and all travelers utilizing the roadway.”

Because of its size, the project was planned in a northern and a southern phase, covering a portion of the highly traveled road in the county.

“We are proud to continue our efforts here in Sequoyah County and across other counties in our jurisdiction to make sure that we build partnerships and make healthy efforts that benefit our citizens,” Warner, Dist. 6 Tribal Councilor, said.

The northern portion of the project includes 5.6 miles of new roadway and three new bridge structures and will span north from Interstate 40 to Pinhook Corners. This portion of the project is expected to cost $9 million.

The southern phase, spanning from Interstate 40 to Sequoyah Bay, was completed in 2017.

“We’re so grateful for this. It takes a group effort to make these kinds of projects happen and that’s the only way you make them happen,” Sequoyah County Commissioner Steve Carter said. “If Cherokee Nation wouldn’t have stepped up the project wouldn’t have been fully funded. There’s a lot of people who need to be thanked for this project.”

In fiscal year 2018, the CN replaced more than 57 miles of roadway in its jurisdiction.

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