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Confusing south Tulsa road name could be changing

Posted: 7:56 AM, Jan 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-30 14:36:28Z
Riverside, Delaware name change

TULSA — A confusing south Tulsa road name could soon be changing.

There is about a two-mile stretch of what most drivers believe is Riverside Parkway from 101st to 121st Street where the street name is actually Delaware Avenue.

City Councilor Phil Lakin realized it was a problem after he posted on a neighborhood app.

Lakin explained, “I posted up a message that said, ‘Delaware will be closed at 116th Street. A couple of days later, I received a bunch of angry emails saying, ‘Why didn’t you tell us the road was going to be closed?’ I said, ‘I did tell you the road was going to be closed.’”

That’s because they thought that road was called Riverside. So, Lakin put out a poll to see what people called that street. 83 percent of his constituents voted for Riverside Drive or Parkway when it’s actually Delaware.

According to the grid system, Delaware would continue straight down south. But for drivers coming south on Riverside, they just continue on the same road that they assume is still Riverside.

That is why Lakin wants to make it officially Riverside by introducing it at a council committee meeting Wednesday.

He said, “If we’re all using the same road and it’s a common sense name – the road that runs along the river, then everybody knows what that is. So, Riverside is just a common sense name for that road and it’s the name we continuously use through the rest of Tulsa.”

There are a handful of businesses and a couple of homes on that stretch of Delaware Avenue. If this change goes through, the residents and business owners have until Aug. 1 to change their address. But even if they do not, the post office will still continue to deliver to their address until August of 2020.

Lakin said there could be a vote at the next council meeting at the beginning of February. He does not expect much push-back from the other members of the council.

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