Tulsa and Jenks Transportation Projects Win Federal Infrastructure Grants | State and Area News


OKLAHOMA CITY — Officials on Thursday announced the receipt of federal grants totaling millions of dollars for transportation projects in Tulsa and Jenks, including one that will reconnect 51st Street under US 75.

The projects are part of six projects totaling $48.7 million for Oklahoma from the federal government’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity funds. So far this year, total allocations have totaled $2.2 billion.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation received $10 million in federal RAISE funds to rebuild one mile of West 51st Street by reconnecting both ends of the street under US 75.

The project will include a full-length sidewalk, a new pedestrian bridge over a railroad, and a new connection to the Arkansas River trail system.

The project includes the construction of new bridges on US 75 above 51st Street, as well as bridges on the southwest and west-north ramps in the Interstate 44-US 75 interchange, the grant application says. .

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The project is expected to reconnect neighborhoods that were severed with the construction of US 75 more than 60 years ago, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said in its grant application.

Oklahoma Transportation Secretary Tim Gatz said the project will have a bicycle and pedestrian component to connect to river trails.

The I-44 and US 75 interchange in the same area is currently under construction, he noted, adding that the $250 million interchange is being built in phases.

“This connection to 51st Street is a phase of this project that was quite significant,” Gatz said. “It ties everything together as we continue to build.”

Additionally, the Council of Indian Nations Governments will receive $16.2 million to provide a multi-modal trail network as part of the South Tulsa and Jenks Dam Project that will separate cyclists and pedestrians from motorized traffic along east and west banks of the Arkansas River.

The project also includes several sustainable projects, such as a low-impact development to protect water resources, charging stations for electric vehicles and a buffer zone along the river to reduce erosion.

The funds will allow officials to build a network of trails connecting the communities of Jenks, Tulsa and Muscogee Nation, Jenks Mayor Cory Box said.

The West Rim connection will connect Jenks to trails on the west side of the river to Tulsa and the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness.

It’s also a step closer to completing the South Tulsa and Jenks low-water dam, Box said.

Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum said it brings the area “one step closer to realizing a dream Tulsans have had for over 50 years and is another reminder of the best city we can. build when we work together”.

In 2016, residents of Jenks and Tulsa passed Vision Tulsa ballot measures to invest in the Arkansas River by constructing a low-water dam between the south banks of the Tulsa and Jenks River. The dam is expected to have a major economic impact along this stretch of the river.

With funding for the multi-modal trail system, officials said they are close to coming full circle in funding the dam project.

“For 50 years, city leaders have considered developing two lakes in our river,” Tulsa City Councilman Phil Lakin said. “This project will give us unlimited opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, exercise and come together as a community.”

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