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I-244 bridge to be replaced

I-244 bridge to be replaced

A $49.5 million federal grant will rebuild at least one of the road's two bridges in Tulsa.

Tulsa World

By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer

Published: 2/18/2010 2:32 AM
Last Modified: 2/18/2010 4:02 AM

A $49.5 million federal stimulus grant will make it possible for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to replace at least one of Tulsa's two Interstate 244 Arkansas River bridges in the next few years, officials said Wednesday.

The grant was one of 50 awarded nationally by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday through its competitive $1.5 billion TIGER program. TIGER, which stands for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, received more than 1,400 applications, the department said.

"We are still in a state of awe, considering how many applications there were," ODOT spokeswoman Teri Angier said.

The $49.5 million grant will be combined with about $37 million in state funds to replace the westbound side of the I-244 crossing near downtown with a double-decked, multimodal bridge capable of accommodating four lanes of vehicular traffic and both high-speed and light rail as well as pedestrian and bicycle traffic... FULL ARTICLE


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