Tulsa received $26 million in transportation grants, which will pay for improvements to 51st Street in West Tulsa and build infrastructure needed to support a future low-water dam in Jenks.
The US Department of Transportation award was announced Thursday. Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum said, “This is pretty much the best news we’ve had in 6 years on this project.”
Bynum helped plan the tax package that supported the dam project, which led to this award for related projects. The river paths will be extended and improved, with new accesses along several kilometers of the river.
“There’s a lot of trail work, shoreline stabilization, and stormwater management to shore things up to really hold a lake back, and this grant will help us do that,” Bynum said.
$10 million will pay to rebuild a mile of 51st Street from the river west past Highway 75.
The road is now in poor condition, but carries heavy industrial traffic. The upgrades will add sidewalks, opening up access to nearby neighborhood trails.
The work will take years to plan and complete, but the grant nearly completes the funding needed for Jenks Dam, according to Mayor Bynum, who also worked with the Muscogee Nation to secure the grants.