Route 66 News

Two Route 66 projects will begin construction by 2013

The Route 66 Experience museum near downtown Tulsa and a new Route 66 gateway in west Tulsa should begin construction by 2013, according to a report in the print edition of the Tulsa County News.

Quoting city planner Dennis Whitaker, the report says:

There are firm plans in place for the Route 66 Experience “and we are dealing right now with utility locations and will advertise for constructions probably in the first quarter of 2012,” said Whitaker. “Typically construction starts 90 days after that so we hope to break ground by the later half of 2012.” […]

Plans for the Route 66 Experience include a three-story building with exhibition space, a restaurant, gift shop, and administration offices. […] The year 2013 is the is the soonest time to expect to see shovels in the ground, he said.

The story also contains an artist’s rendering of the Route 66 gateway that will be built near the Crystal City Shopping Center in west Tulsa. The Route 66 logo will be about 21 feet above the road, with an overhead arch that’s 49 feet long.

The projects are funded primarily with a Vision 2025 sales tax. The city thought construction would begin by now, but tax receipts slowed during the recent recession.


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