The South Tulsa Citizens Coalition (“STCC”) is pleased to announce that every member of Tulsa's newly elected city council has signed a representation letter to the voters of the City of Tulsa opposing the IVI bridge deal. In their letters, all nine of the councilors state that they will not support the opening of the bridge until all of the infrastructure improvements necessary to handle the additional traffic from the bridge are completed. In addition, eight of the city councilors state that:
* They will not allow industrial traffic, including 18 wheelers, to access or use Yale Avenue from 121st Street to the Creek Turnpike; and
* They will not allow the bridge to connect to 121st Street and Yale Avenue or any minor deviation or variance from that location. However, they will be able to support a bridge connecting to 121st and Riverside.
On February 3, 2006, Mayor Kathy Taylor signed a similar representation letter to the ones signed by the councilors. The exact language of Mayor Taylor's letter and the city councilors' letters may be viewed at www.movethatbridge.com.
STCC spokesman Michael Covey said “The message is clear. The IVI bridge is a bad deal for the City of Tulsa. The city is not going to sit back and be taken advantage of by a group of private investors and their suburban politician. I think it is unfortunate that Jenks Mayor Vic Vreeland refuses to work with the City of Tulsa on ideas that will benefit both Tulsa and the surrounding communities.”
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