WHITE OAK, Okla. – Cherokee Nation leaders joined Craig County officials to cut the ribbon on the completed reconstruction of NS4340 Road in White Oak on Jan. 5.

“With the partnership of Cherokee Nation and Craig County officials we were able to provide a safer and more improved roadway for all those who use this route in the White Oak community,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “It’s important to keep our infrastructure a priority in order to help connect communities like White Oak.”                            

The road project consisted of a complete reconstruction of more than four miles of the previous road. A school parking lot and sidewalk were also included in the project. With its completion, the road will provide an improved route connecting a school, community building and two highways.

“I have a lot of constituents who live on this road. I also am friends with several people who attend the Shawnee stomp grounds and there’s a building down the road that’s a tribal community building,” said Council of the Cherokee Nation Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez, who represents District 11. “So, there are a lot of people impacted in a positive way in my district, and I’m thrilled that we were able to do it.”

Construction on the project began in June 2020. Cherokee Nation contributed over $8 million for the White Oak road project.

“This project means a lot because it was a project that the county couldn’t afford to do and it really was a project that needed to be done through the heart of our community,” Craig County District 1 Commissioner Lowell Walker said. “It was a great mutual agreement between the two parties.”