Task Force Hears From Residents On Streets

Monday, October 29th 2007, 10:19 am
By: News On 6

A city taskforce is paving the way for a new plan to fix Tulsa streets. The "Complete Our Streets" panel held a town hall meeting Monday night, where dozens of Tulsa residents gave their two cents. The News On 6’s Ashli Sims reports residents who have been, at times frustrated by orange barrels, got to give city of Tulsa officials a piece of their mind.

Tulsans have heard a lot of clanging and banging, but the noise comes from some 100 street projects which are underway, but some feel those projects are not enough.

"I've lived in Tulsa since 1956. I've seen the streets go from actually good streets to nothing,” said Tulsan Jim Sanders.

Dozens of frustrated residents gathered at a town hall meeting Monday night to talk about what needs to be done. The meeting was hosted by the “Complete Our Streets” task force.

"This is a city problem and we should do it correctly. What I would like to see is. INCOG has a plan. The city of Tulsa has a plan,” said Tulsan Ron McCloud.

Some residents were concerned with street construction in terms of when and how it gets done.

"I would also like to see the shoulders widened. In some of the cases, if you go off the road six inches, you're in a big ditch,” said Tulsan Ray Bachelor.

Others were pushing for measures that would get Tulsans out of their cars altogether.

"Tulsa has a historic opportunity to take a leadership role and encourage the utilization of bicycles as a means of transportation,” said Tulsan George Hall.

"We cannot build our way out of congestion. No matter how you look it. Even if everybody is driving hybrid vehicles we are still going to be in gridlock. We've got to start talking seriously about bringing in light rail, high speed rail,” added David.

The big question is the price tag. City leaders have said we need at least $800 million just to catch up.

The “Complete Our Streets” task force will take the ideas given at Monday’s meeting and incorporate them into the recommendations they give the city. Their deadline is December 4th.

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