Tulsa’s historic Greenwood District to no longer be divided by I-44

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A project to remove part of I-44 that divides Tulsa’s historic Greenwood District and allow for more community growth will be announced Friday.

Tulsa Rep. Regina Goodwin will join Cody Brandt of Tulsa STEPS and Dr. Warren Blakney, Pastor of North Peoria Church of Christ in making the announcement of a $1.6 million grant through the Biden administration’s Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program.

Rep. Goodwin and community leaders will make a formal announcement and discuss the project at 10 a.m. Friday at North Peoria Church of Christ located at 2217 N Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK 74106.

The $1.6 million grant is part of a bipartisan infrastructure law that invests $1 billion over five years to address ‎infrastructure barriers that limit mobility, access, or economic development for ‎communities across the country.

This project will support a feasibility study for removing a one-mile section of the northern leg of  I-244 dividing the Historic Greenwood ‎District. It seeks to establish a community land trust to facilitate ‎long-term redevelopment of nearly 30 acres that will open up with the removal of the one-mile section of the interstate.

Source: House press release