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Congressman Cole Votes for Funds for Oklahoma Highways

March 10, 2005
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole voted today for the House Transportation Reauthorization bill, which includes $16 million dollars for projects in Oklahoma's Fourth Congressional District. This legislation passed in the House and now awaits action by the Senate.

"This legislation includes vital funds for important projects all across the state. In the Fourth Congressional District, these funds will help make life saving improvements to roads that have proven to be dangerous and inadequate to handle volumes of traffic," Congressman Cole said.  "My office has worked with the Oklahoma Departm0ent of Transportation to identify these high priority projects. I hope that this bill will move quickly through the rest of the legislative process, so work can begin as soon as possible."

The Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (H.R. 3) provides $284 billion in federal highway for transit and road safety projects across the country through 2009.

This legislation seeks to correct problems of congestion, driver safety, and inefficient highway projects, while creating millions of new U.S. jobs in the transportation sector and related industries.

Congressman Cole was able to include the following funds for priority projects approved by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation:

  • Complete Reconstruction of the I-35/SH 9 West Interchange, $4 million
  • Construction of Duncan Bypass Grade Separation, $3 million
  • Improvements at I-35 Interchange at Milepost 1 in Love County, $2 million
  • Enhancements for Highway 19 from Ada to Stratford, $3 million
  • Construction of Midwest City Pedestrian Walkway, $1 million
  • Construction of Norman Grade Separation, $2 million
  • Reconstruction of the I-44/Fort Sill Key Gate Interchange, $1 million