When the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's (ODOT) original plans for the downtown boulevard were discussed last summer, a significant number of concerned citizens banded together to express displeasure with the notion of a large elevated portion. It would simply replace the massive barrier we just eliminated by relocating the I-40 Crosstown, they said. And it wouldn't maximize development possibilities. Public meetings were held, city officials were responsive, and soon we will find out whether the pleas were heard.
After considering a number of options, consulting firm Stantec has a design recommendation, to be unveiled at a December 3rd public meeting at the Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m., and early indications are the city is looking to find a compromise between community concerns and transportation officials' goals of efficiently moving downtown traffic.
It's not likely to satisfy everyone, of course, but I'm guessing it will be a great improvement in the amount of elevated roadway. And if that's the case, perhaps we can move the discussion back to the name...
Update: The city has posted conceptural drawings for four design possibilities.
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