Downtown Emerging From Construction

After a year of construction, downtown Tulsa is looking better than it has in years. City of Tulsa officials appreciate the patience of downtown business owners and workers who have experienced inconvenience and disruption of their daily routines.

Charles Hardt, Public Works Director, said downtown business and property owners who may still have construction-related concerns are encouraged to call the Mayor’s Action Center, 596-2100.

More than 50 blocks of downtown Tulsa have been resurfaced or completely rebuilt in time for the opening of the BOK Center, the largest public project in our city’s history. Tulsans and visitors arriving for this weekend’s grand opening events will drive on this new pavement and see new sidewalks, street lamps and trees. The H.A. Chapman Centennial Green, a new park on Sixth Street between Main Street and Boston Avenue, has opened to provide a green space to enjoy in the middle of downtown. Art deco style signs have sprung up this week pointing to the BOK Center, public parking garages and other downtown locations.

Downtown street and sidewalk projects represent a $37.1 million investment: $2.5 million for design and $34.6 million for construction. Funding for these improvements was provided through the 2001 and 2006 Third Penny Sales Taxes, Vision 2025 Sales Tax, 2005 Bond Issue, and a federal grant to the Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority.

Construction included the following streets:
First Street – Frisco Avenue to Denver Avenue: two blocks.
Second Street – Heavy Traffic Way to Frisco Avenue: two blocks.
Second Street – Denver Avenue to Detroit Avenue: six blocks.
Third Street – Houston Avenue to Lansing Avenue: 15 blocks.
Fourth Street – Frisco Avenue to Detroit Avenue: eight blocks.
Houston Avenue – Heavy Traffic Way to Eleventh Street: six blocks.
Frisco Avenue – First Street to Fourth Street: three blocks.
Denver Avenue – First Street to 13th Street: 12 blocks.
Boston Avenue – Third Street to Seventh Street: four blocks.

Sidewalk and streetscape improvements occurred on the following streets:
Third Street – Denver Avenue to Elgin Avenue: seven blocks
Fourth Street – Denver Avenue to Detroit Avenue: six blocks
Denver Avenue – Third Street to Fourth Street: one block
Cheyenne Avenue – Third Street to Fourth Street: one block
Boulder Avenue – Third Street to Fourth Street: one block
Cincinnati Avenue – Third Street to Fourth Street: one block
Detroit Avenue – Third Street to Fourth Street: one block



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