The Cherokee Nation and Adair and Sequoyah County commissioners dedicated a $2.8 million road improvement project on Tuesday. The project repaired a bridge and repaved 4.2 miles of roadway stretching from southern Adair county to northern Sequoyah County. At the dedication are, from the left, Sequoyah County Commissioner Jim Rogers, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Tribal Council Deputy Speaker Janelle Fullbright, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittendon, Adair County Commissioner Sam Chandler, Tribal Councilor Joe Byrd, and Cherokee Nation Transportation Planner Rob Endicott. The Cherokee Nation used $2.8 million from Tribal Transportation Program funds for the road. The Nicut road and bridge improvement project will provide safer travel for citizens in the Rock Fence to Belfonte communities. Baker said, "The Cherokee Nation makes investments in important infrastructure like this because it improves the lives of all citizens residing and traveling in our jurisdiction." Levi Eagle of Stilwell drives Nicut road frequently and said the project was much needed in the community. He said, "This new road is a great thing, and I really thank the Cherokee Nation for their work." In a press release the tribe reported that, in fiscal year 2013, the Cherokee Nation completed $17 million in road improvement projects.
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