The mission of the Department of Transportation is to improve the quality of life for Indian families and communities by providing safe roads, better access to housing, schools, healthcare, business and employment.
The Department of Transportation is a diversified program encompassing the needs of the communities and sensitive to the needs of Native Americans. The operational capacity for the Department of Transportation includes the ability to conduct contracting, transportation planning, right-of-way negotiations, surveying, design, environmental clearances, and construction inspections, of which all meet or exceed federal specifications.
Evaluations of the projects to be constructed are based on the percentage of Native American population and the changing needs of the community as a whole. The objectives of the projects are to supply direct routes to highways and towns, to upgrade and provide safer transportation for the total population of the project area.
These road projects are federally funded by the Federal Highway Administration. Tribal Transportation Program (TTP) funding is channeled through the Federal Highway Administration for planning, engineering, and construction of TTP roads. The Cherokee Nation Department of Transportation with its group of professionals are able to produce and monitor road projects from inception to construction completion. Motor Fuel Tax, Motor Vehicle Tax, and Special Bridge funds are set aside by the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council for road improvement projects which do not meet the standards for IRR funding.
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