The effort to repair the Tulsa-West Tulsa dike system reached a milestone last week when the US Army Corps of Engineers and Tulsa County Drainage District 12 signed an agreement to move forward with the pre-engineering and design work of the project.
“To get the comprehensive solution, this is the next step,” District 12 Commissioner Todd Kilpatrick said. “It doesn’t guarantee anything for the future, but it’s a great next step for us to move forward to get the overall solution.”
The pre-engineering and design agreement comes about a year after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed a feasibility study confirming the needs of the dike and the Corps’ commitment to meeting them.
“This is (the feasibility study) the badge of merit to get you going, and we’re moving forward right now with the pre-engineering and the design,” Kilpatrick said.
The 20-mile Tulsa-West of Tulsa dike system, completed in 1945, stretches from Sand Springs in the east to Southwest Boulevard in Tulsa. The dike has been in poor condition for years, a reality that was highlighted and exacerbated during the 2019 floods.
Kilpatrick said there was no set date for the completion of the pre-engineering and design work, although officials previously said it would likely take around two years.