Construction underway along Oklahoma River

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Construction is underway on a multi-million dollar project to make it easier to access the Oklahoma River from Bricktown. The city temporarily drained a section of the river so construction crews could extend the river canal near the Boathouse District. The canal will be longer and closer to the south end of the Bricktown Canal. The canal extension will make it easier for passengers to transfer between the Bricktown Canal Taxis and the Oklahoma River Cruises.

“It will connect all the energy in Bricktown with all the energy in the Boathouse District,” Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation Executive Director Mike Knopp said.

The canal extension project will cost $2.8 million, according to Oklahoma City officials. The city is also working on a pipeline project near the river which will cost just over $6 million, officials said.

To complete the projects, the city needed to drain the section of the river near the Boathouse District.

City officials said they will refill the river in March.