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Transportation Committee Recommends 10 Tulsa Area Projects For Virus Relief Funding

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An INCOG committee is recommending 10 Tulsa-area projects for a round of federal coronavirus funding allocated for transportation.

The Tulsa area received $6.8 million from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. INCOG Director of Transportation Planning Viplav Putta said they chose projects out of 21 requests totaling more than $15 million dollars by scoring them, with safety being a primary concern.

"So, the safety projects — especially intersection projects where more crashes were seen or identified — those scored higher, and roadways with high traffic volumes also scored higher," Putta said.

Maintenance of existing infrastructure and how close a project was to being shovel-ready were also considered. Projects got bonus points for benefiting multiple jurisdictions, being included in a regional funding program or being part of an economic development strategy.

Projects the transportation committee recommended for approval and their federal funding amounts:

  • Intersection improvements by Tulsa County at 101st Street and Garnett Road, $750,000
  • Mill and overlay, striping and other improvements by Sand Springs on West 41st Street between South 129th West Avenue and State Highway 97, $750,000
  • Surface maintenance on 76th Street North from Sheridan to Mingo by Tulsa County, $490,300
  • Safety improvements on Albany Street between Ninth and 23rd by Broken Arrow, $750,000
  • Street rehabilitation and other improvements on Main Street between Broadway and East 11th Street by Owasso, $750,000
  • Fixing base failures, leveling, overlay and striping on Fifth Street between 144th and 126th by Collinsville, $576,005
  • Rehabilitation to stabilize areas between roadway and river on Avery Drive between 21st Street and State Highway 97 by Tulsa County, $722,000
  • Pavement rehabilitation on Lewis Avenue between Pine and Admiral by City of Tulsa, $750,000
  • Pavement rehabilitation on Pine Street between Peoria and Lewis by City of Tulsa, $750,000
  • Roadway improvements and intersection expansion for Aquarium Place by Jenks, $544,589

While most projects have a local funding commitment, one was not required. INCOG’s board will vote on the recommendations next week.
"After the approval, they'll have two years before they get these projects ready to go. So, with all the environmental clearances done, if there's any utility relocations that need to be made, they'll have two years to get these funds obligated and spent," Putta said.

The federal deadline for funds to be spent is September 2024. INCOG will ask funds be obligated by 2023 so there’s time to reallocate them if necessary.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.
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