Tulsa to Host Route 66 Experience Center

Tulsa officials have recently announced plans to develop a $19.5 million interactive center and hospitality complex aimed at sparking new interest in the historic Route 66 highway.

Celebrated in story and song, Route 66 is on the road to getting a $19.5 million interactive center and hospitality complex to spark new interest in its legacy. According to Tulsa World, city officials announced plans for the new center on May 20.

Dubbed the Route 66 Experience, the facility will be located on city-owned property near the waterfront, at the intersection of Southwest Boulevard and Riverside Drive. The complex will incorporate $4 million worth of interactive exhibits, restaurants, retail, an event center and a drive-in theater.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett told reporters that the project is particularly significant because Route 66 is an important part of the city’s history, Fox23 reports. The facility will be located on city-owned property near the waterfront. The Route 66 Experience will aim to attract tourists to the area and spark interest in the history of the iconic highway. More than 80 percent of the route still exists, stretching 2,400 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif.

According to the Tulsa World, the city will provide $6.5 million toward the project, with the rest of the funds coming from private donors and sponsors.

Construction is expected to start in 2016, with completion scheduled for 2019.