The detours along I-235 the past couple weeks may be a pain, but consider this: according to a Tulsa World database on federal stimulous spending in Oklahoma, the $2.9 million project is the one to get the stimulous funding in Oklahoma County.
Tulsa County, meanwhile, has several projects totaling $59 million.
Curious sidenote: when the lobbying was underway, Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor was very vocal while Mayor Mick Cornett was relatively silent, at least publicly, on the issue. Mayor Mick has also indicated he’s not too worried that the downtown boulevard promised by ODOT has yet to be funded or even make the eight-year funding plan.
Yes, I’m suspicious…. will voters be asked to end up paying for a boulevard that ODOT promised to pay for in order to win the city’s support for the new alignment?
History shows ODOT has not always kept its mitigation promises, most notably the Harrison-Walnut plan drawn up for I-235 construction.
I’m watching… are you?