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August 24th, 2010 - Dean Anderson

ODOT says funding is in place for new boulevard, but there may not be enough



The price tag of the boulevard itself is an amorphous number that

Roy_Williams_under_I-40_158mh_5-29x3-53cmRoy Williams under I-40. Photo/Mark Hancock
Everyone from Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett down agrees that once Interstate 40 is torn down, redone and open for business in 2012, a new centerpiece boulevard connecting the Crosstown to Downtown will be constructed.

Unfortunately for the city of Oklahoma City, everyone also agrees that the final price tag of the entire project remains unknown and unfunded.

Including MAPS III projects such as the new convention center, Core to Shore initiatives that include city land purchases and other line items, and the estimated $550 million state Department of Transportation will spend on the I-40 relocation, around $1 billion will be spent on development and improvements in and around the new boulevard.

But that doesn't include the price tag of the boulevard itself, which is an amorphous number that
 
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