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MAPS 4 to begin construction on pedestrian bridge over Oklahoma River

The City of Oklahoma City Press Release

Post Date: 05/22/2024


Construction has begun on a bike and pedestrian bridge that will span the Oklahoma River at Eastern Avenue, north of OKANA Resort and Indoor Waterpark.

The MAPS 4 pedestrian bridge will connect the trail on the south shore to the four-mile Greenway River Trail on the north shore. It is the first of two City-funded pedestrian bridges planned to span the seven-mile-long Oklahoma River.

The 614-foot long, 20-foot-wide concrete and steel bridge will include lighting and is expected to take about a year to complete. It is expected to cost about $5.7 million.

Contractors will use barges to build the bridge. Bridge work will be suspended temporarily to accommodate two major Riversport OKC events.

“The public space transformation project is part of the $154-million package dedicated to improving our City’s parks system,” MAPS Manager David Todd said. “The pedestrian bridge will provide a unique view of the Oklahoma River and make a needed connection to the Greenway Trail.

Greenway River Trail will be closed during MAPS 4 pedestrian bridge construction

The Greenway River Trail between the Boathouse District and Eastern Avenue will be inaccessible to the public for about a year during construction on the MAPS 4 pedestrian bridge.

To avoid traveling into a dead end, cyclists and runners can leave the Katy Trail at Douglass Park and travel westbound on NE 4th Street to Russell M Perry Avenue, then travel southbound on Perry Avenue into Bricktown and connect to the Boathouse District and the North River Trail at Regatta Park. Follow this map.

The four-mile Greenway River Trail links the North Oklahoma River Trail to the Katy Trail.


MAPS 4 dam work expected to begin in late 2024

Construction on a $2.5 million low-water dam between Eastern Avenue and Reno Avenue is expected to begin in fall or winter 2024. The dam will extend the Oklahoma River basin to the east and improve the look of the river.

Work on the dam will include constructing a new landing for Oklahoma River Cruises.

About MAPS 4

MAPS 4 is a debt-free public improvement program funded by a temporary penny sales tax that will raise a projected $1.07 billion over eight years. Oklahoma City voters approved the sales tax to fund MAPS 4 in a special election on Dec. 10, 2019, moving forward with a unique and ambitious plan to transform our community. The temporary penny sales tax funding MAPS 4 began April 1, 2020, and ends in 2028. More than 70 percent of MAPS 4 funding is dedicated to neighborhood and human needs. The rest is for quality of life and job-creating initiatives. The MAPS 4 Citizens Advisory Board and its six subcommittees will guide MAPS 4 planning and implementation, making recommendations to the City Council. The Council has final authority on MAPS 4. The MAPS Investment and Operating Trust developed a strategic investment plan to support long-term sustainable funding for MAPS 4 projects' operational expenses and maintenance. Visit okc.gov/maps4 for more.

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