- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma-based Indian tribe has received a $480,000 federal grant for its tribal transportation program.

The grant awarded to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation by the Federal Highway Administration will pay for safety improvements at a busy intersection in Okmulgee, the tribe’s headquarters.

The tribe will work with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Okmulgee County to complete the project. Construction will begin the summer.

Charley LaSarge, manager of the tribal transportation program, says problems at the intersection have led a lot of accidents and collisions in the past. LaSarge says the grant money will allow the tribe to correct visibility at the intersection and hopefully make it safer.

LaSarge says the goal of the tribal transportation program is to improve roads that lead to the tribe’s territory in eastern Oklahoma.

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