Damaged overpass to force I-35 narrowing in southern Oklahoma

Beginning Tuesday, a section of southbound Interstate 35 near Marietta, in southern Oklahoma, will be narrowed to one lane for about a month so repairs can be made to a county road overpass damaged by an oversized vehicle.
by Randy Ellis Modified: July 5, 2014 at 10:00 am •  Published: July 5, 2014
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Beginning Tuesday, a section of southbound Interstate 35 near Marietta will be narrowed to one lane for about a month so repairs can be made to a county road overpass damaged by an over-height vehicle.

I-35’s northbound lanes will remain open.

Jacobs Road, which crosses over I-35 near the interstate’s 17-mile marker in Love County, was ordered closed after the June 26 accident. The county road is expected to remain closed throughout the monthlong repairs, said Brenda Perry, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

Jacobs Road traffic is being rerouted using U.S. 77, Airport Road and State Highway 32.

Repairs are expected to cost about $375,000 and will be done by Flame On Inc. out of Monroe, Wash., she said.

Traffic backups involving southbound I-35 traffic may occur during peak travel times.

Motorists can bypass the bottleneck by using U.S. 77 as an alternate route, Perry said. Southbound drivers wishing to do so should exit I-35 at exits 29, 24 or 21, travel east to U.S. 77, south on U.S. 77 to Marietta, and then west on SH 32 to I-35.

by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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