Cherokee Nation Receives Reconnecting Communities Grant

March 21, 2024
Project will improve connectivity between Tahlequah and Welling in Cherokee County

The Cherokee Nation has been awarded a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Transportation Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods planning grant for a future Willis Road bridge project, which aims to improve connectivity between Tahlequah and Welling in Cherokee County.

The grant funds will support the planning phase for the project, which would include 5.6 miles of proposed new road and a new bridge to be built crossing over the Illinois River from Willis Road in Tahlequah to East 790 Road in the Welling community.

“The Cherokee Nation is committed to improving the lives of our citizens and communities through strategic investments in infrastructure,” said Chuck Hoskin Jr. principal chief, in a statement. “This grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will enable us to begin the planning process for a proposed project that would better connect our communities, improve public safety response in eastern Cherokee County, and create new opportunities for economic growth.”

The planning phase supported by the grant funds is expected to take up to a year. The tribe will provide opportunities for community engagement on the project as part of the planning process, and undertake environmental impact studies.

In just over three years the tribe has helped construct or rehabilitate more than 146 miles of roads and built a number of bridges throughout the Cherokee Nation reservation.

In 2024, the tribe’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure expects to complete at least another $15 million in projects throughout six counties and will begin work on another 36 miles or road and bridge projects in five counties.


Source: Talequah Daily Press

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