Oklahoma City's downtown boulevard — specifically whether it should be four or six lanes wide and how the tricky western end will be developed — will be the topic of a public meeting Tuesday evening in Bricktown.
The meeting was scheduled for the state Transportation Department to satisfy a federal funding requirement as officials consider narrowing the planned boulevard from six to four lanes.
But it also is a convenient time to discuss unfolding studies on the western stretch of the boulevard, department spokeswoman Terri Angier said.
What is planned
The meeting will start with presentations on what the boulevard would look like depending on the number of lanes it has.
Presentations on the western portion of the boulevard will follow.
A short question-and-answer session with engineers and planners will end the meeting.
After the meeting, the public will have two weeks to submit written comments about the number of lanes to be built.
Transportation officials will include a summary of the comments and any engineering studies shared by the city to formulate their recommendation.
A recommendation to change the number of lanes would require federal approval.
Original plans for the boulevard, which will replace the former elevated Crosstown Expressway, were formed more than a decade ago and called for it to be six lanes wide.
But support has grown for a narrower boulevard that will be more pedestrian-friendly. Advocates say four lanes more likely would draw the type of mixed-use development civic leaders envision the boulevard to spark.
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