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Copyright 2005 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
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July 28, 2005
Broadway Bridge To Return
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Effort Between Cherokee Nation - Tulsa County
- City Of Collinsville
Should Complete By Next Spring
Polk (Collinsville's new City Manager) greeted those gathered for Thursday morning's
formal announcement near the gap where the former Broadway Bridge stood until
September of 1986.
Smith (Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation) noted that "building a bridge"
has multiple meaning as he hopes to bridge communities like Collinsville closer
with the Cherokee Nation through projects like this.
Wilbert Collins (Tulsa County Commissioner who has committed the labor and engineering
for the bridge), Principal Chief Chad Smith, Bill Johnson and Buel Anglen (both
District 8 Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilmen who will fund the bridge project)
listen as Collinsville Mayor Sallee thanked them for help in making this bridge
project a reality for Collinsville.
Anglen (District Councilman) told that he had used the old bridge many times
before it was removed in 1986. He also noted the increased visibility of the
Cherokee Nation in town with Housing Authority on Broadway and the Victory Cherokee
Organization on Main Street.
view (facing west towards 5th Street on Broadway) shows the gap over Black Jack
Creek where the bridge will be rebuilt soon. The size of the tree growing out
of the creekbed shows how long residents have had to take a different route.
view back to the east (and the Highway 169 overpass) shows the portion of Broadway
running behind the American Bank of Oklahoma.
Stan Sallee thanked all those that are making this project possible and hinted
that he will have a "major announcement" soon on another road project.
Bill Johnson, Wilbert Collins, Chad Smith, Stan Sallee and Buel Anglen posed
for a photo after the press conference Thursday, July 28, 2005, at the future
site of the new Broadway Bridge in Collinsville.
Nation News Release -- July 28, 2005
(918) 456-0671, ext 2542
Fax (918) 458-7656
Tulsa County, City of Collinsville Collaborate to Build New Bridge
-- Getting from here to there in the city of Collinsville is about to
get a little easier. The Cherokee Nation, Tulsa County Commissioners
and city officials have come to an agreement that will make everyone's
drive a whole lot safer. The Cherokee Nation has agreed to provide funding
to finance a bridge construction project that will restore a bridge
that has been out for almost twenty years. The Tulsa County Commissioner's
office agreed to provide the manpower and engineering services on the
bridge and plans to begin construction on the bridge this fall.
helps Cherokee Nation and communities to work together to stretch their
dollars," said Buel Anglen, Cherokee Nation tribal council member
who represents the Collinsville area. "Working with the city and
county, we can do projects that otherwise wouldn't get done. This project
probably wouldn't happen without the help of the Cherokee Nation."
"This is a
major road improvement to Collinsville," said Stan Sallee, the
mayor of Collinsville. "This partnership between Cherokee Nation
and the county is a big deal for our area."
The bridge, known
as the Broadway Bridge, is located on Broadway Street and once it's
opened will provide an alternate route to major highway and relief for
everyday traffic problems on Main Street, which runs parallel to Broadway.
"It will alleviate
problems with congestion and traffic pile-ups," Sallee said.
together to combine our revenue and get this project done," said
Bill Johnson, tribal council member who also represents the Collinsville
area. "It shows the Cherokee Nation is involved in helping out
Both Anglen and
Johnson were instrumental in working together with the city and county
to reach this agreement. As tribal council members, they are both given
a percentage of the Cherokee Nation motor fuels tax money to spend on
road improvements in their area. Their decision to fix the Broadway
Street Bridge in Collinsville was unanimous.
got the ball rolling," Sallee said. "He committed the money
first and the county chimed right in and agreed to do the work. It's
a win-win situation for everyone that's involved."
Once bridge construction
begins, it is expected to take 120 days to complete.