Crosstown demolition prompts partial Bricktown Canal closure in Oklahoma City

Part of the canal and surrounding sidewalks in lower Bricktown will be closed off for about a month while crews work on the old Crosstown Expressway demolition project. The canal is expected to be closed from Tuesday through Aug. 16.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Published: July 13, 2012

A section of the eyesore old Crosstown Expressway bridge south of Bricktown is about to come down, prompting officials to close the southern end of the canal and its surrounding sidewalks for about a month.

Demolition work on the old bridge near lower Bricktown will begin Tuesday, city officials said.

The canal south of the bridge near the Residence Inn hotel is expected to be closed through Aug. 16.

“They've already gotten some of the demolition done south of Bass Pro Shop and a little bit to the east of it, and now they're making their way eastward,” said Jennifer McClintock, spokeswoman for the city's Parks and Recreation Department.

“Since it spans part of the canal, they're going to have to close that section.”

The closing won't affect parking or nearby businesses.

The land run statue marking the state's centennial can be accessed by driving through the Bass Pro parking lot.

Bricktown's water taxis won't be able to access the closed part of the canal, but passengers still will be able to use the pick up and drop off points at Bass Pro and Residence Inn.

“The only thing is that the full tours will be shortened slightly,” McClintock said.

The path of the old Interstate 40 bridge eventually will become the new grand boulevard part of the city's Core to Shore plan.

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