At the dedication on Moonshine Road are, from the left, Cherokee Nation Transportation Department Construction Manager Barry Hood, Transportation Director Michael Lynn, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Tribal Councilor E.O. Smith, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Sequoyah County District 2 Commissioner Steve Carter, Transportation Infrastructure Data Coordinator Sherry Waters and Transportation Construction Inspector Jeff King.
Portion of the 8.49 miles of Moonshine Road that was resurfaced by the Cherokee Nation using Federal Highway Administration Tribal Transportation Program funds.
Cherokee Nation and Sequoyah County officials gathered near Vian Thursday to dedicate a newly paved 8-mile stretch of Moonshine Road in rural Sequoyah County.
The $2.4 million project includes an asphalt overlay covering nearly 8.49 miles of road, along with the placement of new rumble striping, guardrail and the installation of new signs.
“The Moonshine Road project is another example of our tribal government’s commitment to being a good community partner with county and city governments in northeast Oklahoma,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Projects like Moonshine Road not only benefit Cherokee Nation citizens, but all residents in the area and the schools who utilize the road for bus routes.”
Cherokee Nation used Federal Highway Administration Tribal Transportation Program funds to cover the project cost.
“It’s always a pleasure when I see the Cherokee Nation doing projects like this. As a tribal citizen, I am proud to see them invest back into the community,” Steve Carter, Sequoyah County District 2 Commissioner, said. “On this project, they went above and beyond, and everyone in the community gets to use this roadway.”
The road project stretches between the intersection of Moonshine Road and Oklahoma Highway 82 to the intersection of Moonshine Road and U.S. Highway 64.
“Moonshine Road is one of the more heavily traveled county roads in our area as it connects two highways, so it is truly a blessing for the tribe to be able to help improve the road for our county residents,” Tribal Councilor E.O. Smith of Vian said.
In fiscal year 2017, the Cherokee Nation replaced more than 78 miles of roadway.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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