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New Route 66 landmark rusting, city says it was expected

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Posted at 5:22 AM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 13:23:28-04

TULSA — About four months after installation of the Route 66 Rising sign, rust is already developing.

The 70 foot wide by 30 foot tall sign sits in the Avery Traffic Circle at Admiral and Mingo.

It cost $655,000 of the Vision 2025 taxpayer money. The sales tax was collected over a 12 year period of time.

The Route 66 Rising sign is one of $15 million worth of projects on the historic road expected the be paid for by the Vision 2025 fund.

KJRH questioned the city about the rust. They said in response:

With the warm, dry weather expected for next week, the installation contractor should be able to do the planned priming and painting to complete the install. Once the painting is complete, the site grading and sodding will be done.

The Route 66 Commission also commented saying:

The reported rust is an expected side-effect of how the structure was built and has always been planned for cleanup. We know it looks unsightly at the moment, but the weather has not been supportive of the final stage of installation, which includes that touch-up of the weld points and the base of the sculpture.

Crews are at the sign working on it as of Monday morning.

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