After being closed to traffic more than a year, the Highway 151A Bridge over the Keystone Dam re-opens today. Chief of Operations for the Army Corps of Engineers, Earl Groves, says it was a complicated and expensive process, but the new bridge should greatly reduce vibrations and wear and tear from large trucks that travel over it. The $15.6 million dollar project was jointly funded by the Corps and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
The original bridge over the dam lasted 50 years, and Groves hopes this one will last that long as well.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District will offer temporary camping and RV sites to wildfire victims free of charge in the Salt Creek and Brush Creek recreation areas at Keystone Lake The RV sites can accommodate a Class-A or Class-C style RV. These sites include electrical and water hookups. Free tent camping sites are also available for fire victims. The sites are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Individuals interested in these sites should contact the Salt Creek recreation area at 918-344-7492.
Work is getting under way on a new 450-boat slip marina at Keystone Lake. The facility is being built on the north side of Mannford. Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett is taking part in the dedication ceremony. He says Lake Keystone is an economic development tool for Tulsa. The new facility will feature heated fishing docks as well as an upscale restaurant. It is being built by the same developer who created the Cross Timbers at Skiatook Lake. it is being built on Army Corp of Engineers' property under a public/private partnership