Cherokee Nation and county officials dedicate new $1.5M bridge in Mayes County
ADAIR, OKLAHOMA —The Cherokee Nation joined with Mayes County officials to dedicate a $1.5 million road improvement project Tuesday that will provide safer travel for Mayes County residents near Adair.
The Cherokee Nation used $1 million in tribal transportation funds, combined with $500,000 from Mayes County, to replace bridge 15 over Rock Creek near Adair. The project also included the repair of a quarter of a mile stretch of EW370 Road.
“Maintaining a strong partnership with Mayes County is an important aspect of what our tribal government does,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “This bridge replacement is a significant upgrade and improves the overall quality of roads in Mayes County, which ensures our families and all citizens are safer as they travel through Cherokee Nation’s jurisdiction.”
The road and bridge improvement also helps ensure the safety of area children, as school buses had a difficult time passing over the old bridge during inclement weather. Mayes County Commissioner Kevin Whiteside said the bridge had become unsafe for travel especially during flooding and winter weather.
“That old bridge became too dangerous to drive on, so having this new bridge was long overdue,” Whiteside said. “We couldn’t have built a bridge like this without the Cherokee Nation’s help.”
The bridge was designed by Guy Engineering Services of Tulsa and constructed by B&B Bridge Company.
In fiscal year 2013, the Cherokee Nation completed $17 million in road improvement projects. For more information on the Cherokee Nation Roads Program, visithttp://www.cherokee.org/Services/Community/Roads.asp