The Cherokee Nation dedicated 11.63 miles of newly paved roadway on Kenwood Road in Delaware County on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

The tribe completed the $2.5 million project using funds from the tribal transportation program budget. The new roadway is located east of Kenwood at the intersection of Kenwood Road and U.S. Hwy 59.

"Improving roads for citizens is an important part of what the Cherokee Nation government does," said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. "We are proud to make these investments in infrastructure because it improves the overall quality of life in northeast Oklahoma. Strategic partnerships like we have here in Delaware County allow us to further our dollars and make our communities safer for Cherokee families."

The Cherokee Nation replaced four bridges for $5.6 million on the same stretch of roadway last year. The bridges had to be replaced before the tribe could repave the stretch of road.

“If it wasn’t for the help of the Cherokee Nation, it’d be just about impossible to get anything done with the budget cuts,” said Delaware County Commissioner Martin Kirk (District 2).

Cherokee Nation completed more than 77 miles of roadway in fiscal year 2016 at a cost of more than $11.1 million.