After almost a decade, construction starts on busy Bryan Co. road

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BOKCHITO, OK -- Construction trucks - it's something residents along Roberts St. have waited a decade to see.

County Commissioner Jay Perry said it's one of the most traveled roads in town. And it was one of the projects he promised to complete when he was elected commissioner in 2011, since the project has been delayed since 2004.

"Between changing over hands and commissioners, it kinda got put on the back burner," he said. "And my predecessor didn't really do anything with it."

The project is a partnership between the county and the Choctaw nation - which is funding the $2.1 million price tag, Perry said.

"It'll have concrete curb and gutters, and then the road itself will be asphalt," he said.

Roberts Street was originally split up into two halves - one part was a chip and oil surface and one part was a gravel road. Residents complained it would get dusty in the dry summer months with all the traffic driving through. And when it rains, they said the street would be difficult to navigate since it would turn into a giant mud pit.

"Dirty, filthy. It's difficult to keep our house clean," resident Jessie Thomas said.

Thomas has lived on Roberts Street for 15 years. He's excited to finally see the project underway.

"It'll be nice when they get through with it," he said.

It's a sentiment echoed by Joe Reynolds, a 12-year resident of this street.

"It's almost unbelievable because it's been so long, you know. It's pretty rough down there," he said.

Perry said the project first started in the fall. They'll have to wait for warmer weather before they can lay the asphalt, but they expect it wrap up sometime in the spring, he said.

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