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EVERY KINDA PEOPLE: Folks send in impressive pedestrian bridge designs to City of Tulsa

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Mayor G.T. Bynum at Wednesday's Tulsa City Council meeting.
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Designs narrowed down to final four

TULSA, Okla. —The progress of the Arkansas River pedestrian bridge designs took center stage during Wednesday night’s Tulsa City Council meeting.

The bridge will be linked to The Gathering Place, which will be located along the east and west sides of Riverside Drive.

Additionally, the bridge will also connect the River Parks trail system on the east and west banks of the river.

And in addition to pedestrian traffic, the bridge – budgeted at approximately $24.5 million – will accept bicyclists as well.

One of the final bridge designs. (Provided by City of Tulsa)

In late March, Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum launched a public outreach campaign seeking public input – over a three-week period – on proposed bridge designs.

“Our pedestrian bridge selection committee, the design selection committee, has narrowed it down to four different designs,” Bynum said in the council meeting. “Those are up on the city website. Anybody can go and we hope people do.”

Bynum said citizens can provide feedback on what they like and do not like about the four bridge designs to the committee at cityoftulsa.org/vision.

Proposals are still being accepted, with the deadline for citizen feedback being Friday, April 28th.

Bynum said there were over 230 designs submitted from all over the United States, with design submissions ranging from world-renowned architects to young children “sending in rainbow-bridge designs.”

“But what really impressed me was just the level of creative talent and interest that we have here in our community that was willing to take the time and effort to put together just fantastic presentations,” he said.

The newly-elected mayor said the final four designs will be a tremendous asset to Tulsa.

“I think that we are going to end up with a design that Tulsans are going to be proud of for a century and it’s not very often we get to do something like that,” he said.

In other council news, Bynum is expected to present his first budget to the City Council on Wednesday, April 26th.

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