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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $48.7M in Funding for Six Projects in Oklahoma

TULSA, OK — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announces that the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded $48.7 million to support six projects in Oklahoma from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program to help move forward on projects that modernize roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, and intermodal transportation and make the transportation systems safer, more accessible, more affordable, and more sustainable.

“We are proud to support so many outstanding infrastructure projects in communities large and small, modernizing America’s transportation systems to make them safer, more affordable, more accessible, and more sustainable,” Buttigieg said. “Using funds from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this year we are supporting more projects than ever before.”

In Oklahoma, the following projects will benefit from RAISE awards:

Thlopthlocco Tribal Town Interior Roads, Housing Roads, and Walkways
The Thlopthlocco Tribal Town will receive $4 million to fund construction for interior and housing roads and walkways within the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town Headquarters and Service Centers. The project will improve stormwater drainage and increase accessibility for residents in nearby low-income elderly housing to services and a new general store. The project also seeks to incorporate innovative technologies and designs such as solar lights and broadband along the transportation corridor.
Reconnecting Neighborhoods in West Tulsa: The W. 51st Street Extension Project
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) will receive $10 million to reconstruct approximately one mile of W. 51st Street, including a connection under US-75. The project will include a sidewalk along the entire length, a new pedestrian bridge over the TSU Railroad, and a new connection to the Arkansas River Trail. The project will also include construction of two bridges on US-75 and two US-75 ramp bridges over W. 51st Street. The project will help reconnect and revitalize a community that was divided and negatively impacted by the creation of US-75. The project will provide greater pedestrian accessibility and increase affordable transportation choices throughout the West Tulsa community.
Southwest Oklahoma Regional Multimodal Transportation Plan
The South Western Oklahoma Development Authority will receive $1.5 million for this planning project to develop a long-range regional transportation plan that prioritizes multimodal transportation and transit projects. The project will increase transportation options, particularly for non-motorized travelers, which will improve access to jobs, essential services, and recreational activities for this rural community.
Complete Street Project to Enhance Equity and Safety
The City of Wagoner will receive $7 million to construct a multi-use path, a new reinforced concrete box culvert, build a sidewalk, street curbs, and a side path, and build a trail underpass crossing of US-69. The project will reduce crashes and injuries by separating motorized and non-motorized modes of transportation. The project will help reduce flooding and congestion and improve travel time by reducing road closures due to flooding. The roadway improvements will help increase the life of the roadway by moving the water away from the road. The project will also improve the road to meet ADA standards, making access to essential services easier and reducing automobile dependence for all.
SH-37 BNSF Grade Separation and Multimodal Improvements
ODOT will receive $10 million to facilitate grade separation from SH-37 and a BNSF freight rail crossing, as well as support construction of multimodal bridge and multiuse paths. By decreasing idling at the at-grade crossing, the project will decrease travel times and improve multimodal freight mobility, helping speed up supply chain movement and ultimately lower the cost of goods. This project will improve safety and reduce accidents by separating train traffic from motorized and non-motorized travelers. The project will also remove an at-grade crossing, an existing barrier to travel into the city of Moore, to increase access to essential destinations.
Tulsa-Jenks Multi-Modal Safety Project
The Indian Nations Council of Governments will receive $16.2 million to provide a multimodal trail system that separates bicycles and pedestrians from motorized traffic along the east and west banks of the Arkansas River. The project will complete sidewalk gaps and improve signals at intersections. The project will improve safety by separating non-motorized and motorized traffic. The project includes several sustainable practices such as low-impact development to protect water resources, implementation of EV charging stations at four project area locations, and land buffer along the river to reduce erosion. The project will increase accessibility and remove transportation barriers in the current, inadequate pedestrian infrastructure. The project will create a viable active transportation network throughout the region and connect residents to jobs in the trail area.
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