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New Carter County bridge bypasses flood hazard

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A new bridge on Midway Road in Wilson removes a hazardous low-water crossing. (KTEN) A new bridge on Midway Road in Wilson removes a hazardous low-water crossing. (KTEN)

WILSON, Okla. -- Carter County Commissioner Jerry Alvord says countless hours have been spent trying to make commuting on Midway Road in Wilson not only smoother, but safer as well.

"This project's been a long time coming," he said. "This was seed money, so a lot of the money came from the state. We were able to apply for this project a little over five years ago, and it's now finally come to fruition."

A new $1.4 million bridge has detoured the dangers of a low-water crossing, something Alvord said had been giving drivers headaches for decades.

"All of that during those 15 floods was underwater, so even on a casual rain, like we had last evening, this low-water crossing would have been under, and we would have had to close this had we not had this bridge now," the commissioner said.

Benefits of projects like this don't stop at safety and convenience. Alvord said while paying for them may feel like a burden, that money will go right back into the economy.

"Taxes are taxes," he said. "Nobody really enjoys them. However, this is what they're supposed to be used for: For the safety and the improvement of the community. These roads being improved brings business into our area."

Alvord added that the county's work doesn't stop there because there are additional improvements to be made.

"To serve Carter County, we need to bring these road improvements here for safety, first and foremost, but also for better travel and better use," he said. "As our population grows, we need to improve these types of situations just like this one behind me."

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