Interstate 235 to close as crews remove bridge

Interstate 235 in Oklahoma City will close from 9 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday while crews take apart the bridge leading to NW 50 Street, south of the congested I-44 interchange.
by William Crum Modified: September 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm •  Published: September 6, 2013

Motorists, beware.

Interstate 235 will close from 9 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday while crews take apart the bridge leading to NW 50 Street, south of the congested I-44 interchange.

OU football fans driving home from Saturday night's game, Sunday churchgoers and others are being urged to avoid the area, one of the busiest in the metro area.

All lanes are expected to reopen for Monday morning's commute.

“The name of the game this weekend is plan ahead,” said Terri Angier, spokeswoman for the state Transportation Department.

Here are the department's suggested alternatives for trips normally taken via I-235/U.S. 77/Broadway Extension between northwest Oklahoma City and Edmond and the downtown area:

• I-44, slicing across northwest Oklahoma City to I-40 west of downtown.

• I-44, through northeast Oklahoma City to I-35, then south to I-40.

• I-35, between Edmond and I-40 east of downtown.

• State Highway 74/Lake Hefner Parkway, which ties into the Kilpatrick Turnpike in far northwest Oklahoma City and merges into I-44 near NW 38 Street.

• Closer in, Lincoln Boulevard offers an alternative between NE 36 Street and I-44.

Northbound traffic on I-235 will be detoured onto NW 36. Southbound, motorists will have to exit I-235 at I-44.

See the bridge to be removed on Google Maps
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by William Crum
Reporter
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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