Cherokee Nation contributes $7.7M to Sequoyah County road project

June 17, 2019

(L to R): Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief-elect and Tribal Councilor Bryan Warner, Eastern Oklahoma Circuit Engineering District Program Director Scott Brians, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, former Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor David Thornton, Sequoyah County Commissioner Steve Carter, Cherokee Nation Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Tribal Councilor E.O. Smith.(L to R): Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief-elect and Tribal Councilor Bryan Warner, Eastern Oklahoma Circuit Engineering District Program Director Scott Brians, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, former Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor David Thornton, Sequoyah County Commissioner Steve Carter, Cherokee Nation Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Tribal Councilor E.O. Smith.

SALLISAW, Okla. - Cherokee Nation is partnering with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Sequoyah County to continue improvements to Dwight Mission Road.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Councilor E.O. Smith and Deputy Chief-elect Bryan Warner visited Sallisaw recently to present a check for $7.7 million to the Sequoyah County Commissioner for the second phase of the road project.

“We are proud to contribute to the improvement of roads in all parts of the Cherokee Nation, including this highly trafficked section of road in Sequoyah County,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Thanks to Cherokee Nation’s infrastructure investment, this project will make it safer for families and all travelers utilizing the roadway.”

Due to its size, the project was planned in a northern and a southern phase, covering a portion of highly traveled road in the county.

“We are proud to continue our efforts here in Sequoyah County and across other counties in our jurisdiction to make sure that we build partnerships and make healthy efforts that benefit our citizens,” said Bryan Warner, District 6 Tribal Councilor.

The northern portion of the project includes 5.6 miles of new roadway and three new bridge structures and will span north from Interstate 40 to Pinhook Corners. This portion of the project is expected to cost $9 million.

The southern phase, spanning from Interstate 40 to Sequoyah Bay, was completed in 2017.

“We’re so grateful for this. It takes a group effort to make these kinds of projects happen and that’s the only way you make them happen,” Sequoyah County Commissioner Steve Carter said. “If Cherokee Nation wouldn’t have stepped up the project wouldn’t have been fully funded. There’s a lot of people who need to be thanked for this project.” In fiscal year 2018 Cherokee Nation replaced more than 57 miles of roadway in the tribe's jurisdiction.