Construction for A Gathering Place causes headache for midtown residents near Riverside Drive

Posted at 10:09 PM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 23:09:39-04

Some midtown residents are calling a long term city project a short term pain as Riverside Drive continues to be closed off.

It’s been a little over a year since a portion of one of Tulsa’s main roads was closed off as crews started work on A Gathering Place. Neighbors in the area near 30th and Boston say they’re ready for construction to be over.

"This is the maintenance facility that they're going to use for the park and over there is the trail that is going to go over Riverside Drive," midtown resident Kevin Burleson said.

Some neighbors say the construction is constant.

"It's just been a year, now, of dodging construction guys, trailers and trucks," midtown resident Mark Hambric said. "We're just kind of worn out of it."

A Gathering Place could eventually be a huge boost, but right now Travis Park Neighborhood homeowners say it's a huge burden.

"What bothers us is at the same time, they came in to replace our streets a water lines and that was a year ago and it's still going on," Hambric said.

While the process continues, those in the neighborhood say it’s been a challenge dealing with the dust, destruction and noise.

"Lots of dust, I wash my car two or three times a week," Burleson said "We basically have a $350 million backyard.”

The upside to all the construction is that when it’s all over, property value could see a major lift.

"I think it will go up and I think a lot more people will want to be down here, well everybody already does anyway really," Hambric said. "I just think it will be nothing but positive."

The construction from 26th Street to 33rd Place is slated to be completed by the end of 2017.