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Start of Repairs Close for Flood-Damaged River Parks Areas

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Work should start soon parts of River Parks affected by flood damage in 2019.

Contracts for repairs have been awarded for three areas. River Parks Authority Executive Director Matt Meyer says they represent $1.1 million in work at the 41st Street Plaza, 57th Street and Riverside, and 68th Street and Riverside.

"We had a total of, depending on what you count, between $8 million and $14 million worth of damage, but all the areas that are out of the way that don’t affect infrastructure probably won’t be fixed or will be fixed over a slow period of many years," Meyer told city councilors Wednesday.

At 68th and Riverside, more than $295,500 will go toward erosion repair and replacing fallen light poles. That work is set to start first and will begin as soon as the contractor, Daris Construction, receives materials.

At 41st Street Plaza, $496,000 will go toward river bank stabilization and repairing equipment for the fountain. At 57th and Riverside, $313,000 will go toward erosion repairs. Private donations will pay for the collapsed deck there to be rebuilt. Cherokee Pride Construction is working on both of those projects.

Repair plans includes some work on the west side of the Arkansas River.

"Our engineer, who is Bill Smith, is designing a couple repairs on the west bank. One is along Turkey Mountain on the south end of the trail there," Meyer said.

Most of the money for repairs comes from a $1.8 million advance on Improve Our Tulsa funds. Repairs could take up to three years to complete.