Tulsa breaks ground on new traffic center

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Updated: 3/27/2013 5:27 pm Published: 3/27/2013 4:06 pm

The groundbreaking for the City of Tulsa’s new traffic operation center was held on Wednesday morning.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett and other city leaders picked up shovels to help break ground on the new “Charles L. Hardt Operations Maintenance and Engineering Center.”

"This future of this being an engineering facility… hopefully it can really improve the quality of life in Tulsa,” said Charles Hardt.

The city crews that paint roads and work to synchronize lights will work out of the new facility.

Construction on the new center will begin soon on the 80 acre plot of land on Mohawk Boulevard. The five million dollar center will give traffic operation employees 29,000 square feet of space, much more than they have at the city’s West Tulsa Maintenance yard.

For Charles Hardt, the facility being named after him is not only a privledge, but a product of his years of service as director of public works.

“When he decided to retire I knew I wanted to honor him and I knew this was in the making, so I said ‘that’s it.’” Said Mayor Bartlett.

The facility is expected to be finished in the summer of 2014. The mayor hopes to sell the west Tulsa maintenance yard for more development along the Arkansas River.

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