A bridge completed over the North Canadian River near Shawnee this month has reopened railroad commerce to the area after 20 years, officials said Thursday.
Tim Burg, executive director of the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation, called it one of the largest and most underappreciated economic development projects in the state.
“We’re talking about impact 10 miles to either side of that track 70 miles long,” he told The Journal Record “I don’t know of another economic development project in the state of Oklahoma that’s 1,400 square miles right now. It’s not Boeing. It’s not a Devon Energy tower. But it’s a big deal to Shawnee and Seminole and Holdenville and all those other towns down the line.”
The railroad connects to Wewoka, Holdenville, Calvin, Stuart and McAlester.