Transportation chief announces $6.6 million for Oklahoma

Monday, June 16th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Oklahoma highway projects will receive $6.6 million in federal transportation funds, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said Monday.

The projects include improvements to interchanges along Interstate 44 in Tulsa and work along the proposed Ports-to-Plains transportation corridor that will pass through the Oklahoma Panhandle.

``These federal highway funds will improve the transportation system, create jobs in Oklahoma communities and benefit the local economy,'' Mineta said.

A total of $1.5 million will be spent on the north-south transportation corridor along U.S. 287 through Colorado, the Oklahoma Panhandle and Texas. The money is part of a grant to improve transportation infrastructure near the borders of Canada and Mexico.

A total of $745,125 will be used to improve two I-44 interchanges in Tulsa and $1.2 million will be spent on the Broken Arrow South Loop Trail near Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow.

The state will also receive a $2.3 million Intelligent Transportation Systems grant to enhance computer and communications technology to improve transportation infrastructure.