Construction starting again in West Tulsa


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Reported by: Michelle Linn
Updated: 1/21 9:52 pm Published: 1/21 9:50 pm


You'll see orange cones and barrels along 71st street near the Arkansas River again, starting Tuesday night.

Crews stopped the road work over the holidays, but that was just to help with holiday shopping traffic at Tulsa hills.

FOX23 investigates why the work is needed, and when crews will take down the cones and barrels for good.

We're finding out this work on 71st is just one of 11 projects city crews are in the middle of, and that's in west Tulsa alone.

When you count other City Council districts around Tulsa, you'll find 65 other street projects going on now.

The fix our streets page details all of the work going on.

Some of it is paid for by a 2005 bond issue and a 2006 sales tax.

This work on 71st, between the Arkansas River and highway 75, is covered by the  "five year streets plan" approved in 2008.

Work started in January 2013.

City crews pulled down these orange barrels over the holidays so they wouldn't cause huge traffic jams with holiday shoppers headed to Tulsa hills shopping center.

We caught up with shoppers there this afternoon, who tell us they're prepared for work on 71st.
"It's gotta be done," said Bo Borcher, a west Tulsa resident.

The city basically told FOX23 the same thing.

They say the reason our streets need this much work is because of the recent development.

Tulsa has grown 300 percent in land area over the past 40 years and the population has only grown 12 percent.

Revenues have dropped, so maintenance was postponed and streets deteriorated.

Crews will be working on different stretches of 71st between the Arkansas River and Highway 75.

If you travel this roadway often, be on the lookout for various lane closures 24hours-a-day until they wrap up in April.


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