June 15, 2018
VIAN, OKLA. – Cherokee Nation and Sequoyah County officials gathered near Vian Thursday to dedicate a newly paved 8-mile stretch of Moonshine Road in rural Sequoyah County.
The $2.4 million project includes an asphalt overlay covering nearly 8.49 miles of road, along with the placement of new rumble striping, guardrail and the installation of new signs.
“The Moonshine Road project is another example of our tribal government’s commitment to being a good community partner with county and city governments in northeast Oklahoma,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Projects like Moonshine Road not only benefit Cherokee Nation citizens, but all residents in the area and the schools who utilize the road for bus routes.”
Cherokee Nation used Federal Highway Administration Tribal Transportation Program funds to cover the project cost.
“It’s always a pleasure when I see the Cherokee Nation doing projects like this. As a tribal citizen, I am proud to see them invest back into the community,” Sequoyah County District 2 Commissioner Steve Carter said. “On this project, they went above and beyond, and everyone in the community gets to use this roadway.”
The road project stretches between the intersection of Moonshine Road and Oklahoma Highway 82 to the intersection of Moonshine Road and U.S. Highway 64.
“Moonshine Road is one of the more heavily traveled county roads in our area as it connects two highways, so it is truly a blessing for the tribe to be able to help improve the road for our county residents,” Tribal Councilor E.O. Smith said.
In fiscal year 2017, the Cherokee Nation replaced more than 78 miles of roadway.