State Rep. Avery Frix announced today that in January he will bring leaders from the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the state transportation director to Checotah and Summit to discuss requests for several road projects for the area.
Frix was recently named vice chair of the House Subcommittee on Transportation.
House Speaker-designate Charles McCall, Oklahoma Department of Transportation Director Mike Patterson and House Majority Leader Rep. Mike Sanders will attend both meetings, Frix said. Sanders served as chair on the House Subcommittee on Transportation for the past four years.
In Checotah, the meeting will be at 4 p.m. Jan. 10 at Checotah City Hall and will look at the proposed access road immediately following.
In Summit, the meeting will be at 5 p.m. Jan. 10 at First Baptist Church Summit, then immediately following the group will go look at the turn off.
“I want to encourage members of both communities to attend these meetings so we can show these guests the need for this new road and the importance of safe and passable roads in House District 13,” said Frix, R-Muskogee.
In Checotah, the group will meet with Mayor Daniel Tarkington, Hoss Durrett and other members of the Checotah Industrial Development Authority regarding the need for an access road in Checotah. The Industrial Board has acquired all the property for the access road and believes the access road will attract new businesses to Checotah, particularly restaurants and hotels catering to Interstate 40 and Highway 69 traffic.
At 5 p.m., the group will meet with Summit First Baptist Church Pastor Charles Moore and Summit community members to discuss what Frix said is a very dangerous turn-off from Highway 69 into Summit. Pastor Moore will share several fatalities that occurred at the dangerous turn off.
“This dangerous turn-off has cost the lives of several members of the Summit community,” Frix said. “I want to show state leaders the importance of making this turn-off safer.”