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U.S. Secretary of Transportation visiting Tulsa to highlight $10 million grant for reconstruction

Former mayor of South Bend, Ind., Pete Buttigieg, pictured in Charleston, S.C., in February.
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Former mayor of South Bend, Ind., Pete Buttigieg, pictured in Charleston, S.C., in February.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg will be visiting Tulsa to highlight $10 million reconstruction grant that he believes will help to build back up a community that's been split by U.S. Highway 75.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation will use the funds to reconstruct West 51st Street, a new pedestrian bridge over the TSU Railroad, and a new connection to the Arkansas River Trail.

According Buttigieg, the project will revitalize an area that was divided by the creation of US-75, making it easier and safer for people to walk, and providing more affordable transportation options in West Tulsa.

The project will also include construction of two bridges on US-75 and two US-75 ramp bridges over West 51st Street.

"The project will provide greater pedestrian accessibility and increase affordable transportation choices throughout the West Tulsa community," says a press release.

Buttigieg is also expected to stop in Florida, Minnesota, Ohio, Nevada, and New Hampshire to celebrate infrastructure projects funded by President Biden's infrastructure law.

Before making her way to Public Radio Tulsa, KWGS News Director Cassidy Mudd worked as an assignment editor and digital producer at a local news station. Her work has appeared on ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates across the country.