Golfers share concerns of dangerous bridges at Tulsa golf course

TULSA, Okla. — The City of Tulsa’s Mohawk Park Golf Course is popular among golfers. But, some say, some bridges along the course aren’t safe.

Larry Hughey and Rod Garrett are friends and they regularly tee off at the park. The pair recorded video of a golf cart riding over one of the bridges, showing a bumpy ride.

In the video, you can see that the railing has slid away from the bridge. Some areas are patched with plywood, but it’s not a permanent solution. “There’s places in the bridge, you put your foot and push down on the boards and they move like they’re rotten,” said Hughey.

Garrett says he’s been calling the City about the bridges for months. Eventually, he started sending emails, calling the bridges, “a major safety situation.”

FOX23 spoke with Anna America, the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Tulsa. Before the interview, America said that structural engineers checked out the bridges. She said everything is structurally sound, but there’s a reason why the City has taken so long to take action.

“Funding, it’s always going to be funding. We don’t have adequate funding,” says America.

America says she is asking the city for the money to replace two of these low-water bridges. It’s expected to cost about $2,000,000 to repair. “I appreciate there are people that care about this, I do. It’s hard to hear sometimes. That there are people that care enough about this to keep raising the issue,” said America.

The course will stay open when crews repair the bridges.