WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee, today announced that the City of Tulsa has been awarded a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation that will provide $10 million to rebuild and rehabilitate Riverside Drive. The project will also help to better connect the street to A Gathering Place for Tulsa, a 75-acre recreational park set to open in 2017.
"River Parks will be a better collective entity serving Tulsa residents because of the exciting and innovative park project, A Gathering Place for Tulsa, currently underway. With the new grant from Department of Transportation, the city can ensure that Riverside Drive is a safe and sufficient access point to the new park upon its opening in 2017,” said Inhofe. "This project could not have been possible without the generosity of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, benevolent businesses or Tulsa’s voters who understand the importance of this project and have also dedicated significant local funding. I look forward to seeing this project through to completion from my position on the Environment and Public Works Committee and can only anticipate the benefits of this project for our great city.”
“Today’s announcement is great news for the Tulsa area,” said Rich Brierre, executive director of INCOG. "The Riverside Drive project will greatly improve pedestrian and roadway safety and support implementation of the Arkansas River Master Plan. The project is most timely in light of the Gathering Place project. The grant project is reflective of a broad based team effort among private, local, state, and federal partners. I want to commend Senator Inhofe and his staff for their leadership and help in securing this much needed and worthwhile grant.”
In April 2014, Inhofe sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx supporting Tulsa’s TIGER grant application.