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I-40 Crosstown west end project completed early

Downtown Oklahoma City motorists will receive an early Christmas present Friday afternoon with the early completion and opening of a highway project that links the I-40 Crosstown with the west end of the future Oklahoma City Boulevard.
by Randy Ellis Published: December 12, 2013

Some of the thousands of motorists who use Interstate 40 will have a new way to enter downtown Oklahoma City on Friday afternoon.

That's when road crews will open a connection from the highway to the west end of the future Oklahoma City Boulevard.

Work on the nearly $9 million project was completed three months ahead of schedule and will give drivers coming into Oklahoma City from the west additional options for getting in and out of downtown, state transportation officials said.

“This reconnection will provide drivers with additional ramps and start to help alleviate the morning and evening congestion on Western Avenue,” said Joe Echelle, construction engineer for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. “We are very pleased that the contractor is able to deliver it early.”

The opening is expected to be particularly beneficial to Oklahomans who live west of Oklahoma City and commute downtown to work using I-40.

The project was designed to connect the interstate to Oklahoma City Boulevard — a planned, tree-lined grand entryway into Oklahoma City's downtown business district.

While Oklahoma City Boulevard is expected to take several years to complete, the project opening Friday will include the west end of that boulevard.

There will be an immediate benefit for eastbound motorists on the I-40 Crosstown who will have a new, additional exit into downtown Oklahoma City on the corridor's west end.

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by Randy Ellis
Investigative 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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