The bridge is named Williams Crossing to honor Williams, a major private donor toward the project. Generous private donors including Williams, George Kaiser Family Foundation, HF Sinclair and ONEOK have contributed a total of $7.2 million for this project. City funding includes $15 million from the Vision Tulsa sales tax, $9.4 million from other sales taxes, and $3 million in savings from the 2005 and 2008 capital funding packages.
Construction began in spring 2021, with completion anticipated in fall 2023. Grand openings for Williams Crossing and Zink Lake are planned for Labor Day 2024.
Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Williams Crossing 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. With a steel plate fabrication system, this bridge is the first of its kind in the United States. The design includes sitting areas, lighting features and separate lanes for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Mayor G.T. Bynum said, “We are continuing Tulsa's civic legacy of building a more beautiful city for the next generation.”