Rebuilt Boulder Avenue bridge opens
BY ZACK STOYCOFF World Staff Writer
Monday, February 04, 2013
2/04/13 at 4:38 PM
Officials opened the Boulder Avenue bridge over downtown's railroad tracks Monday after a yearlong, $8.3 million reconstruction project.
The 290-foot span between First and Archer streets replaces a bridge that was previously deemed unstable. The reconstruction, funded by the 2008 Fix Our Streets package and the 2006 Third Penny program, took about a year.
Demolition, design and construction cost nearly $11 million combined.
Mayor Dewey Bartlett said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday that the project is "a major step in the revitalization of our downtown area."
The two-way bridge links the city's business core with the burgeoning Brady District.
Artists Barbara King and Debra Sellers (right) on Monday look over the art elements installed on the Boulder Avenue bridge in downtown. The bridge was opened to traffic in a ceremony Monday afternoon. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World