Mayor GT Bynum said this week that Tulsa has long had the necessary elements to showcase the importance of Route 66 to the city.
He pointed out that Mother Road’s “father” Cyrus Avery was a Tulsan, as were Route 66 biographer Michael Wallis and Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell, who is also Secretary of State for Tourism and Tourism. ‘brand image.
Yet for decades the city failed to take advantage of the famous thoroughfare.
âPeople were coming from all over the world to take Route 66 and then they would hit Tulsa and be shocked there was nothing to see here,â Bynum said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Much of that has changed in recent years, in part thanks to the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation. In November 2018, LTFF opened a $ 5.5 million food hall called Mother Road Market, followed by $ 1.5 million stores at Mother Road Market.
Last week LTFF went even further to improve Route 66.
The non-profit organization announced that it will provide advance funding of around $ 7 million to the city for infrastructure improvements and beautification of the Tulsa Market District and a stretch of Mother Road.
Planned upgrades include updates to traffic lights, water pipes, sewage system and roads. Beautification projects include the addition of iconic Route 66 signage and lighting, ADA-compliant sidewalks and ramps, and more than 77 trees and benches.