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May 4, 2014

NODA assisting in pilot program for project

ENID, Okla. — Northern Oklahoma Development Authority has committed a team to work on developing a statewide long range transportation improvement plan after being selected to partner in a pilot program for a rural transportation project.

NODA interim Director Cecil Michael said the goal of the pilot program is to form a 20-year plan to “prioritize and improve the quality of transportation, improve safety and explore new ideas for alternative transportation.”

Michael said rural transportation improvement might include bike lanes and walking paths and trails in larger areas, alternative means of transporting goods and products from one town to another, increased rail use and highway improvements.

The NODA team is made up of Michael, NODA Program Assistant Payton Herron and NODA Rural Transportation Director Vicki Eggers.

“Everyone involved has been contributing many hours to the plan, whether it be hosting public meetings, collecting public surveys, data and mapping for bridges and roads that need repair and improvement,” Herron said. “We believe that this is something that will benefit Oklahoma. It is something that the state needs.”

A board consisting of elected officials, private business owners and civil servants has been established as the Northern Oklahoma Rural Transportation Planning Organization, Michael said.

“They’re charged with overseeing all aspects of the plan,” he said.

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