To coordinate with the opening of Phase 1 of the Gathering Place, Riverside Drive will open to traffic between 21st Street and 41st Street at 6 a.m. Sept. 10.
“When Riverside Drive reopens on September 10, it will be one of the iconic stretches of road in our city,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “As Tulsans will see, it has been straightened and leveled. But most importantly, it will transport people through the majesty of the Gathering Place and River Parks. This is an exciting time for Tulsa.”
Because Riverside Drive will be a major route to the Gathering Place, the City of Tulsa has made approximately $40 million in improvements to Riverside and nearby infrastructure. These include the following:
Motorists returning to Riverside Drive will have a completely new experience driving between 21st and 41st Streets. The Gathering Place includes two land bridges over Riverside Drive. Drivers will pass under two tunnels at these land bridge locations. Reconstruction of Riverside Drive also has improved safety for motorists by straightening the curve near the Pedestrian Bridge just north of 31st Street.
Funding for these Riverside Drive and related projects has come from the Improve Our Tulsa Third Penny Sales Tax, stormwater enterprise funds and a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the Federal Highway Administration.