Despite losing $6M in funds, backers still push for building Route 66 Experience

The supporters of a Route 66 Experience complex near the banks of the Arkansas River in Tulsa still want to proceed with the project despite recently losing $6 million in funding from the city, according to one report. Public Radio Tulsa seems to be the first media outlet reporting the loss of the $6 million … Continue reading Despite losing $6M in funds, backers still push for building Route 66 Experience

Tulsa weighs location for another Route 66 museum

Update: A few corrections have been made regarding the Route 66 Experience. The Route 66 Alliance intends to stay the course in building the facility. Tulsa is considering a location for a Route 66 museum at the 11th Street and Lewis Avenue area near the Mother Road Market -- with blessings from a Route 66 … Continue reading Tulsa weighs location for another Route 66 museum

Tulsa radio station looks at Route 66’s past, future

KRMG, a prominent radio station in Tulsa, recently produced a special about that city's extensive link to Route 66 and its role in the historic highway's future. The three-part segment, which totals less than eight minutes, includes interviews with Michael Wallis, author of the seminal "Route 66: The Mother Road"; Ken Busby of the Route … Continue reading Tulsa radio station looks at Route 66’s past, future

Cost to revamp 11th Street Bridge in Tulsa estimated at $26.6 million

The Tulsa Route 66 Commission wanted an updated estimate on repurposing the historic but long-closed 11th Street Bridge, and it got it -- it would be at least $26.6 million. The commission wants to reuse the bridge as a venue for events and tourism. The new cost estimate is an update from a similar plan … Continue reading Cost to revamp 11th Street Bridge in Tulsa estimated at $26.6 million

Tulsa Route 66 group advocates repairing, reopening 11th Street Bridge

While a lot of talk percolated about it in recent years, the Tulsa Route 66 Commission recently made it official -- it wants to reopen the historic but long-closed 11th Street Bridge, at least to pedestrian traffic. Several reasons exist for the group to become bigger bridge advocates. Next year, the city is scheduled to … Continue reading Tulsa Route 66 group advocates repairing, reopening 11th Street Bridge

New Tulsa Route 66 master plan likely will include rehabbing 11th Street Bridge

The Tulsa Route 66 Commission is considering an update to its master plan. If it does, rehabbing the historic but long-closed 11th Street Bridge over the Arkansas River will be high on the to-do list. Tulsa Public Radio reported the master plan last was updated in 2005. Because almost all the projects of the original … Continue reading New Tulsa Route 66 master plan likely will include rehabbing 11th Street Bridge

Route 66 neon sign park in Tulsa planned for late 2019

The Route 66 Commission in Tulsa announced Wednesday a small neon-sign park is planned on the southwest side of Avery Centennial Plaza, also known as the historic 11th Street Bridge that once carried Route 66. In a Facebook post late Wednesday, the commission stated it would install three re-created neon signs in Tulsa that were … Continue reading Route 66 neon sign park in Tulsa planned for late 2019

Grandson of Cyrus “Father of Route 66” Avery dies at 85

Cyrus Stevens Avery II, grandson of Cyrus "Father of Route 66" Avery and a supporter in the ongoing quest to build the Route 66 Experience museum complex in Tulsa, died Tuesday. He was 85. Ken Busby, executive director and CEO for the Route 66 Alliance in Tulsa, posted this message on Facebook on Wednesday: We … Continue reading Grandson of Cyrus “Father of Route 66” Avery dies at 85

Route 66 Village Visitors Center in Tulsa may be finished by spring

The Route 66 Village Visitors Center under construction in southwest Tulsa probably will be finished by springtime, according to a report on a variety of Route 66 projects in Tulsa. Tulsa World columnist John Klein reported the visitors center, designed to look like a vintage gas station, should be finished in a few months. According … Continue reading Route 66 Village Visitors Center in Tulsa may be finished by spring

Route 66 Experience may break ground by spring

The long-planned Route 66 Experience facility in Tulsa may break ground by April or May 2018 and open to the public by November 2019 if all goes to plan, according to an email from the Route 66 Alliance's executive director. Ken Busby said about $13 million has been raised for the Route 66 Experience, which … Continue reading Route 66 Experience may break ground by spring