Tulsa Police Release Traffic, Logistic Plans Ahead Of Weekend Events

Thursday, June 18th 2020, 3:44 pm
By: Kristin Wells

Preparations are underway for potentially more than 100,000 people to fill the downtown Tulsa area.

Wendell Franklin, Tulsa Police Chief, said "there's a potential for a massive amount of people that Tulsa has never seen before. We are ready for it. This is nothing new for Tulsa, this is nothing new for our department."

The Tulsa Police Department said that starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, W. Archer St. to 6th St. and S. Houston Ave. to S. Boulder Ave. will be closed to through traffic, and pedestrian access will be limited except for those camping outside the BOK Center.

Downtown Street Closures

Tulsa Police said any cars in this restricted area should be moved before 10 a.m. on Friday, and there will be public paid parking lots available on Saturday at Williams South Garage, Williams North Garage and the North Boulder Lot.

On Saturday, pedestrians will be restricted from the closed-off area except for those holding rally tickets, or if you live in the area.

Police said Tulsa Transit routes may be impacted due to these street closures, and Denver Avenue Station will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Police said there will also be a no-fly zone for drones and pilots that covers Tulsa and surrounding areas.

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Police also addressed safety measures and said all residents and visitors should take necessary precautions to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. Police also said there are three cooling stations available, as the weekend temperatures will be high.

Chief Franklin said they are boosting police presence and is working closely with the Secret Service and other federal agencies.

Franklin said, "the eyes of the world are on us now."