For the first time in four years, not a single major street downtown is closed due to Project 180 or adjoining construction sites.
Sheridan Avenue between Robinson and Hudson Avenues, closed throughout construction of Devon Energy Center, reopened last year shortly before the grand opening of the 50-story tower.
Robert S. Kerr Avenue, shut down more than a year ago as part of construction of SandRidge Commons, reopened last week. And Robinson Avenue, meanwhile, reopened as a complete two-way street last week as well, marking the completion of one-way streets to two-way traffic as part of Project 180.
So that's the good news. Enjoy the clear ride while you can.
More construction is set to start soon. Project 180 coordinators with the city previously announced they plan to move forward this next year with reconstruction of more streets, most notably Park Avenue between Broadway and Hudson.
The reconstruction of E.K. Gaylord Avenue east of the Chesapeake Energy Arena, and the construction of the new boulevard south of the arena, ought to create all sorts of fun commutes. (Unrelated question: will the city ever look at changing the stretch of the road between the new Interstate 40 and Reno Avenue from Shields to E.K. Gaylord to avoid confusing visitors getting off the highway?)
Major building projects ramping up will create more detours, though how extensive and for how long is yet to be announced. Look for complications to arise with construction of a new elementary at Sheridan and Walker, and a garage south of City Hall (both this spring), and over the next few years, a new convention center south of the Myriad Gardens and a streetcar system throughout downtown.
Twenty-five years ago, visitors joked they could lie down on Broadway at 6 p.m. without any fear of getting run over. Now, if they can find a spot, they almost certainly will be crushed by a cement mixer.
The rebuilding of downtown continues.