Since approval of Improve Our Tulsa in 2013, the City of Tulsa has designed most street projects, some are currently under construction, and some street projects are completed, along with other capital projects. Progress on street projects is updated on each project entry accessible by selecting the area on the Projects Map.
The schedule for street work depends on coordination with other projects, the level of funding available as the bond issues are sold and sales taxes are collected, the condition of the pavement, the geographic location and the complexity of the work to be done. Street projects are located in all nine council districts, so projects will be spread throughout Tulsa.
The projects vary in size and type of work to be done, from patching and crack sealing to asphalt overlay to complete reconstruction – including storm water issues, sidewalk tripping hazards and handicap ramps, and replacement of old water lines.
All work must be carefully coordinated to minimize inconvenience to the public – motorists and adjacent property owners. The projects are grouped in order to maximize contractor efficiencies, but not overlap with other projects in the vicinity. The City avoids working on simultaneous projects in an area where lane closures on nearby streets or intersections would disrupt the flow of traffic.
The City of Tulsa also must coordinate with other agencies and utilities that work in the right-of-way or in the streets. The City has working relationships with Tulsa County and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Utility companies, cable and fiber optics all are responsible for coordinating their work with the City of Tulsa to avoid gridlock in residential or business districts. Access to businesses is always a priority. A City-authorized field inspector oversees each street project.
As with all street projects, the City of Tulsa holds meetings with residents and businesses in an area surrounding the project. Adjacent property owners and tenants are notified of those meetings by mail and can check online at www.improveourtulsa.com for updates. At those meetings, City officials provide specific details of the project, timelines for the work and contact information for the field inspector and the contractor’s superintendent. Project details, maps and City contact information also are provided on www.improveourtulsa.com.
Tulsa’s continuing commitment and investment in our streets, combined with investment for other capital needs, will make a significant impact on quality of life, public safety and neighborhood vitality in our city. It’s progress as promised. Thank you, Tulsa.