Orange Barrels Have Some Seeing Red

Friday, February 22nd 2008, 10:38 pm
By: News On 6

Downtown drivers sound off on Tulsa street repairs.  The 50-block makeover continues to cause problems for commuters.  In some areas of downtown it seems like every street is under construction.  The News On 6's Ashli Sims reports some of the orange barrels could be gone soon.

Downtown Tulsa is becoming something of an obstacle course.  Roads are closed in some spots.  Detours are posted in others.  Some one-way streets are now no-way streets.  And, all of the orange barrels have some downtown drivers seeing red.

"For the last few months, it's been awful," said Mike Mayes.

"It's very inconvenient. It's a hassle. You have to drive far out of your way. Every day it's different. Every day I don't know if I can use my usual route home, can I use it today or is it going to be detours?  It's a real pain," added Stacy Jenkins.

City of Tulsa leaders insist they're paving the way for progress, and they say the repairs are moving forward.

South Boston Avenue from 3rd to 7th Streets is part of a $5 million project that started back in April of 2006 and it's supposed to be finished this month.  The paving is done.  The side-striping is done.  Once some working traffic signals and line down the middle are added, Boston will be open for two way traffic.

Third Street from Denver to Elgin is part of a $2.8 million project.  It began last year and it should wrap up next month.  The concrete pavers are hard at work, and soon you should see trees and lighting.

Denver from 3rd to 8th Streets got started last August and is scheduled to be done by this summer.

Some have questioned the wisdom of doing all of this road work at once.  But, the idea is to get downtown streets in shape for the new BOK Center's debut.