Story by Zack Stoycoff found on TulsaWorld.com

BIXBY – An effort to put a bridge over the Arkansas River in southern Tulsa County has life again

Bixby Mayor Ray Bowen said his city would propose spending its $11.3 million share of Vision2 funds on helping to build a bridge somewhere on the river, if voters approve the initiative on Nov. 6.

Such a bridge – a Bixby goal since 2004 that has long been opposed by south Tulsa leaders and residents – makes the most sense for the city, he said.

The City Council will take the idea to a town hall meeting if Vision2 passes, he said.

“I think it would be something just about 100 percent supported by our citizens,” he said, adding that “few projects will offer as much potential to improve public safety, quality of life and economic development for our community and this region.”

Because a bridge would cost far more than Bixby’s share of the funds, the city would likely seek additional funding from state agencies or area municipalities – possibly including Jenks, which joined Bixby in a previous bridge proposal, City Councilor Steve Todoroff said.

He said the city has no specific location in mind, but that it would consider Yale Avenue and points east.

“It depends on who…”

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