Tulsa will close Riverside Drive near the construction of the Gathering Place on July 13 and stretch from 24th Street to 41st Street and reopen in conjunction with the opening. The closures will be clearly marked and alternate routes will be provided for commuters.
The Riverside Drive closure will extend through late 2017.
Paul Zachary, City of Tulsa Director of Engineering Services, said engineers reviewed partial and intermittent closures but found that full closure is the best way to ensure safety of pedestrians and drivers while allowing construction operations to work as efficiently as possible.
Alternate routes to downtown include:
- Southeast Tulsa: Highway 169 to the Broken Arrow Expressway or 244 to downtown
- South Central Tulsa: Harvard or Lewis avenues to 15th Street, the Broken Arrow Expressway or 11th Street to downtown. Also, I-44 to Highway 75 to downtown.
- Southwest Tulsa: Creek Turnpike to Highway 75 to downtown
- Midtown: Peoria, Lewis or Harvard avenues to I-44, Broken Arrow Expressway, 15th or 11th streets to downtown
The temporary closure of Riverside Drive will allow for construction of the Land Bridges, the Pedestrian Bridge over Riverside Drive and underground utilities.