It is funded by a limited term, one-cent sales tax initiative that began in April 2010 and ends in December 2017. The initiative funds eight projects and is estimated to raise $777 million. A Citizens Advisory Board makes recommendations to City Council.
MAPS 3 tax collections are well under way and the City is moving forward on the projects. The Implementation Plan guides the process.
The route for an eight-mile MAPS 3 multi use trail that shadows Interstate
44 from Lake Hefner to the Oklahoma River was approved by City Council
The I-44 West Trail will tie to the Lake Hefner trails at Meridian Ave, staying on the west side of I-44 to NW 16th Street, then connect to the Oklahoma River Trail at May Ave.
Once built, the $13.8 million urban trail will open recreation and commuting
opportunities for cyclists, runners, walkers and inline skaters from
northwest Oklahoma City to the Oklahoma River.
Points of interest along the route include Lake Hefner, Integris Health Center, Deaconess Hospital, Portland Plaza Shopping Center, Coronado Shopping Plaza, Will Rogers Park, Madison Elementary School, St. Clair Park, Linwood Elementary School, Girvin Park, State Fair Park and the Oklahoma River.
Three consulting engineering companies will spend the next six to eight months designing sections of the trail. Construction is expected to begin by spring 2015. The trail will be 12-feet wide along most of the route.
“We are excited about the urban trail and expect it will be widely used, particularly by commuters who want to bike to work downtown,” MAPS 3 project manager David Todd said.
The final routing took into consideration many complex factors including safety, points of interest, accessibility, connectivity, right of way constraints and the City’s trails master plan.
The public was invited to look at routing options and provide feedback on the trail proposals during a meeting in January at Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center.
Work is currently underway on the seven-mile MAPS 3 West River Trail. The scenic trail will connect Lake Overholser to Crystal Lake and the Oklahoma River.
City Council has approved a master plan for the MAPS 3 Downtown Park. The park will consist of 40 acres north of I-40 and 30 acres between I-40 and the river, connected by the SkyDance pedestrian bridge. The master plan, proposed by Hargreaves Associates, includes gardens, fountains, a “great lawn” facing a stage, a promenade and a lake. The $132 million project is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
The public attended an open house to get information and provide
feedback on an eight-mile MAPS 3 trail planned along the I-44 corridor from
Lake Hefner to the Oklahoma River.
Aerial maps of the trail alternatives and presentation can be viewed below:
Preliminary Trail Route Alternatives
Please email your comments about this trail to email@example.com
Oklahoma City officials broke ground today on the West River Trail, the
first in a series of MAPS 3 trails scheduled for construction over the
next four years.
The scenic seven-mile trail begins at the southeast corner of Lake Overholser and will connect to the Oklahoma River trail. More
Today Oklahoma City Council approved a consultant-recommended route framework for the first phase of the MAPS 3 Streetcar project. The 4.5-mile route framework connects the Downtown Transit Center, Automobile Alley, the future intermodal transit hub at Santa Fe Station, future MAPS 3 Convention Center, Bricktown, Midtown and runs a block from the future MAPS 3 Downtown Public Park. More
Hydrologists engineered a 1/12 model of the future MAPS 3 whitewater course. Coming to the Oklahoma River in 2015.
Oklahoma City celebrated the construction of another MAPS 3 project today
as new sidewalks start replacing worn grass paths along North Western Avenue
between Britton and Hefner Roads.
Over the next few years, $9 million in MAPS 3 sidewalks will be constructed throughout the City. Locations were selected based on criteria set by the MAPS 3 Sidewalks and Trails Subcommittee.
“These new sidewalks strengthen our neighborhoods and improve our community’s walkability, safety and health. They enhance our access to libraries, parks, schools, public transit and shopping,” said Mayor Mick Cornett. More
On July 24 The Alliance for Economic Development executive director presented an overview on Business Improvement Districts (BID) and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to the MAPS 3 Streetcar subcommittee. The presentation explains the difference between BID and TIF, how these districts are created, and highlights their potential to help financially support expansion and operation of the Streetcar. See it here.
More than 150 people attend a public meeting on Monday,
July 15 at the Ronald Norick Downtown Library to get information about the
streetcar’s concept routes and provide feedback to the consultant team led
by Jacobs Engineering.
Here are the four concept route options currently being considered:
All of the route concepts presented connect areas of Midtown, the Central Business District and Bricktown. The concept routes are still flexible and the final route recommendation could be a modified version of one of the options or even a combination of more than one.
Some of the top criteria used to create the concept routes include:
The citizen subcommittee for the MAPS 3 convention center reviewed three convention center concepts presented by consultants Populous and GSB, Inc.
The new convention center will be built downtown between Reno Avenue and the future Oklahoma City Boulevard and Robinson Avenue and Walker Avenue.
The consultants took comments from subcommittee members and elected officials and plan to present a hybrid concept that incorporates the favored features from each concept in the coming months.
All three convention center concepts are anchored to Robinson Avenue and feature an elevated ballroom with city and park views, flexible meeting spaces, entrances on all sides of the building, room for expansion to the west, and below ground exhibit halls and loading docks. The concepts also allow for pedestrian connections to the Myriad Botanical Gardens and the future MAPS 3 Downtown Public Park.
The three concepts primarily differ in the orientation of the convention center and the location of a proposed convention center hotel, which is not part of MAPS 3.
City Council will make the final decision on the concepts. Construction on the $252 million project is expected to begin in 2016.
City Council approved a preliminary sidewalk improvement report for the development and design of the first phase of a multiple-phase sidewalk program for MAPS 3. Phase 1, Project 1 will include approximately 5.9 miles of sidewalk at an estimated cost of $1.43 million.
Phase 1, Project 1 locations include:
Sidewalk construction is expected to begin in May. See the PowerPoint presentation.
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