Bridge Argument to Nowhere

The legal wrangling continues over a proposed toll bridge over the Arkansas River.
Tulsa County District Judge David Peterson ruled the matters must be brought to a vote.
The case is not going away, as it will resume on Jan. 8, when judges are sworn in — which happens every four years following the general election.
It will be argued before a different judge, as Peterson is retiring.
Damon Cantrell won the seat in November’s election. But, he might not get the case as any of the sitting district judges on the civil docket can be assigned the case.
“We think, based on what the said, they cannot build a bridge in the way there were going about it,” said George Gibbs, an attorney for the South Tulsa Citizen’s Coalition. The group is opposed to the bridge being built at 121st Street and Yale Avenue.
The City of Jenks, the Arkansas River Bridge Authority and Infrastructure Ventures Inc. had sought to dismiss the case brought the coalition.
“They have to go back to the drawing board,” Gibbs said.
Last February, Jenks approved an agreement with IVI to build the bridge and in November, Jenks annexed part of the Arkansas River at the proposed bridge site. ?



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