What makes it interesting?
This is no ordinary bridge. It has special lighting and an extra-wide sidewalk for pedestrians. It also has $360,000 worth of artwork attached. Students from the Tulsa Technology Center created the artwork that depicts events in Tulsa history. Downtown finally has its new gateway to the Brady District. It took a long time, but it was worth the wait.
How HCSS Software assisted with this project
We have been an HCSS HeavyBid customer for many years. Throughout those years, we have been able to develop a flow of information between estimates and data such as Activities, Materials/Other Resources, and Bid item Codebooks. We used the Master Estimate to setup the Labor, Equipment, Crews, Calendars, Overtime Rules, and Workers Comp. We also managed quotes from vendors, selected the vendors to use, and updated estimate costs with selected vendors’ prices. We were able to review the total resource costs in the estimate, create Markup, Addons, and Bond cost, and spread those costs to generate balanced prices for the bid items. And finally, we were able to review and change bid prices, make last-minute adjustments, and review for the entire estimate and for each bid item. The reports, such as Cost Reports, Summary Reports, Estimate Recaps, and Bid Proposals, have proven to be invaluable, and the easy integration with HeavyJob and our Maxwell accounting software made data entry and project management fast and friendly.
The City of Tulsa-Boulder Bridge Project is now open to the public. The old bridge, built in 1929, became so dangerous that it was closed to vehicle traffic more than a decade ago and eventually became too dangerous even for foot traffic. After county voters approved Vision 2025, the Bank of Oklahoma (BOK) Center was built and entrepreneurs began to open new restaurants in the Brady and Blue Dome districts. A new baseball park, ONEOK Field, was built. In the meantime lofts and apartments were being built throughout downtown.
There were ways to get from the downtown core to the Brady District, an area roughly from Archer Street to Cameron and from Denver Avenue to Greenwood Avenue, but downtown needed a better way to get over there and the Boulder Bridge supplied that need. After securing funding for a replacement with funding from the 2008 Fix Our Streets initiative and the 2006 third-penny sales tax, work began on the new bridge in January 2012. This week, the fourlane, two-way bridge was officially opened to traffic.