'The Gateway' Design Selected As Tulsa's New Pedestrian Bridge - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |


'The Gateway' Design Selected As Tulsa's New Pedestrian Bridge

Posted: Updated:
Mayor Bynum said a shaded seating area was added to the final design of the Gateway bridge conceptual design. Mayor Bynum said a shaded seating area was added to the final design of the Gateway bridge conceptual design.
TULSA, Oklahoma -

After months of deliberation, voting, public feedback and committee discussion, the City of Tulsa has selected 'The Gateway' conceptual design as the winner for the new Arkansas River Pedestrian Bridge.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum made the announcement Monday morning at a news conference, announcing the city committee's selection after narrowing down finalists to just two earlier this month.

5/1/2017 Related Story: Two Finalists Selected For Tulsa PedestMichael Van Valkenburgh Associates ian Bridge Design

The conceptual design, submitted by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, is an arched bridge that will be built with a steel plate fabrication system and will make it the first bridge of its kind in the country, according to the city. 

Bynum said the bridge's final design received some minor modifications to include ideas submitted by public feedback, including the lack of shaded sitting areas on the original design. He said there will still be a few more modifications as the city moves forward with finalizing the design including lighting features and separate lanes for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The City of Tulsa received 233 submissions after its initial call for ideas for the replacement for the Arkansas River Pedestrian Bridge. A committee narrowed that down to 10, then four and then the final two contenders. 

The Selection Committee reviewed the submissions based upon three core criteria:

-Was the design iconic, but with Tulsa roots?
-Did the design complement its neighbors: The Gathering Place, River Parks, and the Arkansas River’s lake and whitewater flume?
-Was it focused on both pedestrians and bikers, and provide a safe, great experience both all users?

Voters approved spending $24.5 million to replace the current pedestrian bridge when they passed the Vision Tulsa bond issue last year.

The history of the current bridge is uncertain, with some accounts placing its construction in 1905. The city says 1917 but some say it wasn't built until the 1930s.

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.


Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.