New bridge being considered for Bixby

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 1/31 5:32 pm Published: 1/31 3:27 pm

Bixby city and school leaders want to create more access into the city.

People in Bixby said the need for a bridge over the Arkansas River keeps growing.

The current one bridge at 141st and Memorial was built in 1938 and people we talked with say Bixby has out-grown having just one bridge.

“It would be nice to have one going…I guess that would be east to west to connect Jenks,” said Michael Garman, a Bixby resident.

“I think it’s important for the city,” said Deanna Stephenson, another resident.

It’s about convenience and time.

“If something clogs that bridge up, you might as well just put it in park and be prepared to wait,” said Kyle Wood, superintendent of Bixby Public Schools.

Wood said it’s also about planning for the future of education in the city.

“We’re growing. The bridge will make our growth exponential,” he said.

FOX23 reached out to city leaders and they say it’s not a matter of if a second bridge will happen, but when and where.

But until those questions are answered it’s tough for wood to plan on where his district should grow.

Right now, a new school is already planned for the southwestern portion of Bixby, but with the bridge, “Logic tells us that once there’s an artery into undeveloped area, then you’re gonna get a lot of rooftops and businesses, and that means more kiddos in our schools,” said Wood.

And a need for more schools.

“We’re building quite a bit in this area,” said Garman.

“It’s working presently. But as I said, progress is an absolute must,” said Stephenson.

FOX23 was told a feasibility study should be happening in the next few months, so by this fall there should have a better idea of where and when this new bridge will happen.

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Unwashed Mass - 2/1/2014 5:02 PM
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No mention of the fact that this is supposed to be a toll bridge?
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