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Copyright 2005 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma

Cooperative Effort For
Bridge Improvements
Collinsville - Cherokee Nation -
Tulsa County - ODOT
May 24, 2005
Cherokee Nations Pledges $260,000
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Two Black Jack Creek Bridges Get Hugh Boost Monday

S-Curve Improvements Also Discussed


Buel Anglen and Bill Johnson (both District 8 Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilmen) each pledged $130,000 in Cherokee funds to help Collinsville rebuild the Broadway bridge over Black Jack Creek in 2006. Tulsa County Commissioner Wilbert Collins offered county support to help build that single span bridge. With the promise of that bridge being available by 2007 as a detour route, ODOT District Engineer Gary Evans said he could start the effort to try and accelerate the widening of the Main Street (Highway 20) bridge over that same creek from 2013 to 2007. This plan came closer to reality Monday at a meeting in Collinsville with Mayor Stan Sallee, Acting City Manager Bob Wolfram, and other interested Collinsville citizens. The parties agreed to meet again in a few weeks after futher review of any right-of-way, utility, design and cost issues.

Wilbert Collins also mentioned the potential extension of the 4-To-Fix-The-County 2/12ths penny tax (which would reguire a vote of citizens next year) as a possible funding source to finally allow fixing the dangerous S-Curve at 19th & Broadway in Collinsville. He cited the 4-lane improvements to 76th St. North west of Owasso as a recent example.

Buel Anglen
Bill Johnson
Wilbert Collins and Stan Sallee
Gary Evans, Stan Sallee, Buel Anglen, and Bill Johnson
Black Jack Creek bridge on Main St (Hwy 20)
The east gateway into Collinsville from Highway 169 now passes over the narrow Black Jack Creek bridge just before the new and improved 5th & Main intersection (above).
All that remains today of the Broadway bridge (over Black Jack Creek) is an old sign, trees and brush where there was a bridge before it's 1986 removal.
I don't know the location of this 1907 Collinsville bridge above (possibly Black Jack Creek?) but it shows an earlier cooperative effort between the town's merchants and farmers to get a bridge issue resolved. -- Ted Wright (2005)