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Mayor, Council Chairman Announce Completion of First 17 Projects for Public Schools Safety First Initiative

This article was archived on 9/9/2018

August 8, 2018 - Mayor G.T. Bynum and City Council Chairman David Patrick hosted a Back-to-School news conference today to announce completion of the first 17 projects in the Vision Tulsa Public Schools Safety First Initiative, just in time for the start of school.

“As students in Tulsa are preparing to go back to school in a couple of weeks, I am pleased to announce pedestrian safety improvements for routes to 17 schools in our city limits,” Mayor Bynum said. “We are off to a good start for this school year, but there is much more to come in the Public Schools Safety First Initiative. Through this and other projects, Vision Tulsa is improving many aspects of life in our city.”

Improvements to these 17 sites include new sidewalks, crosswalks, speed humps and ADA-compliant (Americans with Disabilities Act) curb ramps. The school locations are listed below:

Jenks Schools locations will be included with Tulsa and Union Schools in a group of 25 schools that will be next to receive improvements. A design contract for these next 25 school locations should be approved in the coming weeks.

The Vision Tulsa sales tax has provided $14.5 million for the Public Schools Safety First Initiative - safety improvements at 82 Tulsa Public Schools sites, five Jenks Public Schools locations and 17 sites in the Union Public Schools district, to ensure safe street crossings for students and their parents.

About Vision Tulsa

Vision Tulsa, an $884 million sales tax renewal package approved by voters in 2016, is making 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 are setting the stage for a bright future for Tulsa.