Riverside Drive will open to traffic between 21st Street and 41st Street at 6 a.m. Sept. 10. That is two days after the grand opening of the Gathering Place.
“When Riverside Drive reopens on September 10, it will be one of the iconic stretches of road in our city,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “As Tulsans will see, it has been straightened and leveled. But most importantly, it will transport people through the majesty of the Gathering Place and River Parks. This is an exciting time for Tulsa.”
Because Riverside Drive will be a major route to the Gathering Place, the City of Tulsa has made approximately $40 million in improvements to Riverside and nearby infrastructure. These include the following:
· Travis Park and Swan Creek storm water drainage improvements
· Sanitary sewer replacement
· New 12-inch waterline
· Riverside Drive, 33rd Place to 41st Street
· Riverside Drive, 24th Street to 33rd Place – includes new traffic signals at 27th Street, 31st Street, and 33rd Place
· Riverside Drive landscaping between 24th and 27th Streets
· Crow Creek Bridge replacement
· 31st Street, Riverside Drive to Peoria Avenue – includes pedestrian connectivity to Zink Park
· Pedestrian Bridge over Riverside Drive
· Traffic signal at Riverside Drive and 21st Street
· Parking lots along Riverside
· River Parks Trail
Motorists returning to Riverside Drive will have a completely new experience driving between 21st and 41st Streets. The Gathering Place includes two land bridges over Riverside Drive. Drivers will pass under two tunnels at these land bridge locations. Reconstruction of Riverside Drive also has improved safety for motorists by straightening the curve near the Pedestrian Bridge just north of 31st Street.
Funding for these Riverside Drive and related projects has come from the Improve Our Tulsa Third Penny Sales Tax, stormwater enterprise funds and a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the Federal Highway Administration.