Cherokee Nation, ODOT cutting ribbon at improved US-75 intersection near Ochelata

September 4, 2019

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WHAT:
Cherokee Nation and ODOT cutting the ribbon on an improved section of US-75 in Ochelata

WHEN:
Thursday, Sept. 5 at 4 p.m.

WHERE:
US-75 and EW2900 Road
Ochelata, Oklahoma

WHO:
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner
Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz
District 12 Tribal Councilor Dora Patzkowski
Community Services Executive Director Michael Lynn

OCHELETA, Okla. - Cherokee Nation and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation will cut the ribbon at the intersection of US Highway 75 and EW2900 Road, officially completing the improvement project.

In January 2019 the Cherokee Nation partnered with ODOT, providing the state with a contribution of $411,000 toward the $678,000 project. The tribe’s funding was provided by Tribal Transportation Safety Funds, which are set aside by the federal government each year to address transportation safety issues in Indian Country.

Between 2012 and 2017, 37 collisions occurred at the intersection, including five that resulted in fatalities. The intersection improvement plan included construction of “J-turns” to reduce the number of traffic conflict points and help improve safety.

Aside from providing access to Cherokee Nation’s Cooweescoowee Health Center, US-75 services area-wide commerce traffic and is also a direct route for visitors to the Washington County Cherokee Association’s new community building.