A new project for Oklahoma City's Crosstown Expressway was among nearly $70 million in highway contracts approved Friday after being delayed earlier this month because of federal funding problems.
State transportation commissioners met in a special meeting to authorize the contracts Friday so work could begin on them as soon as possible.
The Crosstown project is for $40.5 million, the largest amount ever awarded by the commission, according to Gary Ridley, director of the state Department of Transportation.
Sherwood Construction Co. Inc., of Catoosa, was awarded the contract with its low bid.
Ridley estimated work on the project will begin in 45 days.
The project includes the construction of three bridges on 2.64 miles of the new Crosstown route east of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Ridley also told transportation commissioners that the department's new eight-year construction plan should include enough money to finish the remaining $180 to $185 million of the new Crosstown by 2012.
The department hasn't found a source yet for about $100 million needed for tearing down the current Crosstown Expressway, building a boulevard in its place and an interchange at Byers and Lincoln Boulevard, Ridley said.