We, the undersigned, urge the City of Tulsa to halt the proposed demolition of the existing Pedestrian Bridge near 31st and Riverside and to reevaluate its restorative options. Do not merely settle for a questionable replacement. [Also, instead of saying it is "too late," actually listen to the public demand, and revise the current plans to incorporate the bridge!]
The Midland Valley Bridge has a unique history (going back to 1917—*a recent study says circa 1905*), various desirable features (such as built-in shade), and a proven track record as a very popular feature of the Tulsa River Parks trail system (since the 1970s).
Meanwhile, the proposed replacement bridge's design has already been stripped down due to its excessive costs, making it a downgrade in some ways. Tulsans deserve better. [Addition: Even if the new bridge is built, the original bridge could be eligible for historical protections/renovation. Added Dec 8.]
It is possible that keeping the original bridge is a viable option, contrary to some previous claims. *NEWLY OBTAINED 2015 REPORT FINDS BRIDGE IS RESTORABLE
Would repairing the original Pedestrian Bridge save many millions of dollars, and end up with more value for the existing budget? (Not only monetary savings, but also greater user-friendliness and historic value...) *NEWLY OBTAINED 2015 REPORT PROVIDES EVIDENCE THAT RESTORING ORIGINAL BRIDGE WOULD SAVE MILLIONS
Please initiate a reevaluation of the restorative options available, taking into account the structural engineering, material, labor, financial and other requirements, if any. Please allow this reevaluation to be conducted by at least one qualified, impartial entity.
Tulsans should have the opportunity to choose to enjoy the Midland Valley Bridge for more generations, if at all possible...or, at the very least, a better replacement.
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