Status Update: April 2022 - 50 percent complete.
April 29 – The bridge was named “Williams Crossing” to honor Williams, a major private donor toward the project. $7.2 million in private funding for this project has been raised from generous donors including Williams, George Kaiser Family Foundation, HF Sinclair and ONEOK.
A new, iconic bridge is under construction to replace the old Midland Valley Railroad bridge from over a century ago. City funding for this project includes $15 million from the Vision Tulsa sales tax, $9.4 million from other sales taxes, and $3 million savings from the 2005 and 2008 capital funding packages.
Construction began in spring 2021, with completion anticipated in spring 2023.
Mayor G.T. Bynum and the Bridge Selection Committee unveiled The Gateway as the conceptual design winner for the new Arkansas River Pedestrian Bridge.
Submitted by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA), The Gateway is an arched bridge with an elegant and timeless design that will serve as an iconic centerpiece along the Arkansas River and complement the neighboring Gathering Place. The Gateway will be built with a steel plate fabrication system, which will make it the first bridge of its kind in the United States.
MVVA also added a variety of new amenities to the original concept based on feedback received by Tulsans. The new concept features a variety of shading structures and sitting areas, lighting features and separate lanes for bicyclists and pedestrians.
“The bridge selection process was truly a united effort by the community – from the creative individuals who submitted designs by the hundreds, to the thousands of citizens who provided essential feedback and to the Selection Committee for their hard work and diligence at every step of this process,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “Through the use of Vision Tulsa funds and by working together collectively, we are continuing Tulsa's civic legacy of building a more beautiful city for the next generation.”
“KKT Architects and MVVA made the final decision incredibly difficult as both concepts were world-class designs. MVVA's revisions to their original proposal in response to the public feedback process have produced a final design that will stand the test of time as a Tulsa landmark," Bynum added.