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Bridge plan has support, if not much confidence

Bridge plan has support, if not much confidence

Leaders and locals fill a public hearing on the estimated $80 million project.

Tulsa World

By KEVIN CANFIELD World Staff Writer

Published: 1/14/2010 2:30 AM
Last Modified: 1/14/2010 5:54 AM

Wednesday night's public hearing about a plan to build a bridge across the Arkansas River in west Tulsa drew more than 150 people, including a who's-who of local and state officials.

Everyone from Mayor Dewey Bartlett to state House Speaker Chris Benge and Sand Springs City Manager Doug Enevoldsen rose to their feet at the Chandler Park Community Center to show their support for the estimated $80 million project.

"We have to do it; it's in the best interest of all of us," Bartlett said. "Getting access to this community, to this area is a No. 1 priority."

The public forum was sponsored by a group of more than 50 people, both private individuals and public officials, that has been working on the project for about three years.

The group believes that completion of the Gilcrease Expressway is vital to the economic development and public safety of people living not only in west Tulsa, west of downtown, and in Sand Springs but to the entire northeastern part of the state... FULL ARTICLE

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