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Arkansas River Pedestrian Bridge – City Seeking Public Comment

This article was archived on 4/28/2017

Mayor G.T. Bynum announced today that 234 responses were received through a public process to select a conceptual design for Tulsa’s next pedestrian bridge.

The original pedestrian bridge could not be salvaged due to structural deficiencies; therefore, the City initiated a public process in March 2017 to collect bridge designs from the public that could connect Tulsa’s history and future while meeting a $24.5 million budget for a new pedestrian bridge.

Once the submission window closed for bridge submissions, the Bridge Selection Committee narrowed down the bridge designs based on design standards, specifications and overall aesthetics. HNTB provided constructability and cost analyses.

Four bridge finalists have now emerged as potential concepts for the new Arkansas River Pedestrian Bridge. Beginning today, citizens can visit www.cityoftulsa.org/vision to provide feedback on the bridge finalists. The deadline for public comment is Friday, April 28 at noon.

Please watch and share a video featuring Mayor Bynum introducing the bridge finalists, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBWIfrKJ0ZY

“This process has been such a strong reminder of the passion and creative talent we have in our community," Mayor G.T. Bynum said. "The Selection Committee had a really challenging job in narrowing the field to these four finalists. There were so many outstanding ideas, but the Committee had to consider not just appearance and use, but also the construction budget we have to work with. I'm thankful for everyone who submitted a design to us, and who took the time to dream about what our city can become."

Once public comment is received, one conceptual design will be identified by the Bridge Selection Committee and announced on May 1.

Bynum added, "Moving ahead, it is exciting to think about Tulsans enjoying their city on any one of the four finalists. We hope the strong level of community engagement we've seen so far continues through the public comment period. Ultimately, this is Tulsa’s bridge and we want the final concept selected to be Tulsans' vision of what our iconic bridge should look like for years to come.”                                                      

Last year, Tulsans passed Vision Tulsa – promising the investment of more than $140 million in the Arkansas River corridor alone. Plans include the creation of a lake in the Arkansas River, the replacement of Zink Dam, a variety of levee and design improvements and the construction of a new iconic pedestrian bridge that will replace the aging pedestrian bridge that stands today.

About Vision Tulsa

Vision Tulsa, an $884 million sales tax renewal package approved by voters in 2016, will make substantial investments in economic development, education, public safety, streets and transportation needs citywide. With citizen priorities providing the driving force behind the creation of Vision Tulsa, transformative projects and enhancements will set the stage for a bright future for Tulsa.