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Ada Officials Discuss Road Construction After Decades of Plans

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ADA, OK -- "This meeting is really a culmination of people coming together. Very interesting  issue. It's time to pick this issue up again and see what can be done," State Senator Susan Paddack said at a meeting to discuss the potential widening of SH 99 to four lanes.

The issue is bringing that four lane traffic into Ada. It has been up for discussion for decades. Michael Southard with the Ada Jobs Foundation sees the potential for the city- if only it were more accessible.

"We could serve as a strategic economic location in that link between Ardmore and McAlester, link between Durant and Oklahoma City," Southard explained, adding that Ada could also be a hub for many different industries that require trucking and ground shipping.

Now the project is part of an eight year plan for road construction put together by the state. Transportation secretary Gary Ridley says Oklahoma is planning ahead.

"We'd much rather under promise and over deliver than be the other way, so we work pretty hard to make that happen," said Ridley.

Highway 99 is not the only plan in the books. Hundreds of roads and bridges have been labeled for future improvement.

"We see the progress that's being made. We've had really deficient bridges, we've had roads that needed repair for many, many years," said Paddack.

The nearly 200 million dollar project has money dedicated for the construction. Keeping promises to the public is a priority for Ridley.

"It allows us to have credibility with the public and that's extremely important. After all, we're spending their money," Ridley said.

The discussion was re-ignited at the Friday morning meeting, and is one that will continue well into the future.