Five-Year Streets Plan Receives Community Endorsements

Plan on Nov. 4 ballot will provide millions in Tulsa street improvements

Two more Tulsa community organizations have officially endorsed the five-year, $451.6 million comprehensive street improvements plan to be voted on Nov. 4.

The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa and Paramedics Plus, the direct employer of paramedics and other emergency medical personnel who work on board EMSA ambulances, have officially endorsed the five-year streets plan.

The streets plan already has been endorsed by the Tulsa Metro Chamber and the Fraternal Order of Police.

"Good streets play a vital role in ensuring Tulsa’s public safety," said Glenn Leland, chief operating officer of Paramedics Plus/EMSA. "Every citizen is impacted by the ability of emergency responders like EMSA, fire and police to reach you in a timely manner."

"The board of directors is pleased to endorse the Fix Our Streets plan," added Sheila Swearingen, president of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa. "This streets plan meets our organization’s criteria for bond issues for capital improvements and it satisfies a need that has been well-documented through research and provides clear priority-setting and long-range planning."

The proposed street improvements plan will provide maintenance and rehabilitation for Tulsa’s streets and bridges and some work on sidewalks, trails and railroad crossings. The plan is based on citizen input from town hall meetings this summer.

If the five-year streets plan is approved, some street projects will begin construction in summer of 2009. The plan is comprised of Propositions 1 and 2; both must pass to fully implement the projects.

Project funding will be distributed among Tulsa’s nine council districts according to need or pavement condition. Each city council district will receive at least 8.2 percent of the total, with project funding directed to city streets that need it most.