Rep. Cole Announces Federal Funding of Oklahoma Transportation Projects
Washington D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole announced today that the House Appropriation Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and Independent Agencies approved funding for Oklahoma specific transportation projects. Congressman Cole worked to include these projects specifically for Oklahoma in the FY 2004 Transportation, Treasury and Independent Agency Bill, which passed through subcommittee today and will now be taken up in the full committee on Appropriations.
"I am pleased that these funds were included in the beginning stages of the appropriations process and I will continue working to make sure that Oklahoma will receive these federal dollars for our roads and important transportation projects," Congressman Cole said.
"These projects fund key priorities in Oklahoma such as safer highways and increased transportation options for low-income individuals or those living in rural areas. For those seeking employment, having transportation options available could mean a better job," Congressman Cole said.
Upon Congressman Cole's request a total of $18.8 million in federal funding will be allocated to the following projects:
- $1 million for a four-lane reconstruction of Rockford Road from 12th to SH-142 in Ardmore.
- $1 million for Reconstruction of I-44/Rogers Lane Interchange in Lawton.
- $1.75 million for Cleveland Area Rapid Transit. These funds will be used to replace aged vehicles and will help support expanded fixed route services.
- $800,000 Westheimer Airport in Norman for the Federal Aviation Administration to complete the installation of a Medium Intensity Approach Light System and an Instrument Landing System.
- $6 million for Oklahoma Transportation's Job Access and Reverse Commute Account. This will help provide transportation services in urban, suburban and rural areas to assist welfare recipients and low-income individuals in accessing the employment opportunities that are available to them.
- $6.25 million for Oklahoma Bus Facilities Account. These funds will be used for the rural transit systems to purchase new buses and rehabilitate some existing buses and facilities to provide affordable transportation to individuals in rural Oklahoma areas.
- $2 million for the Oklahoma Transportation Center to conduct research to find opportunities for promoting economic development in Oklahoma through improved transportation services.