NORMAN — Work on widening the Canadian River bridge on Interstate 35 has added to areas along I-35 in Norman where motorists need to use caution and can expect traffic congestion, state officials said.
Crews contracted by the state Transportation Department began work Jan. 7 near the Main Street bridge to put in a new interchange and widen the highway.
Crews began widening the I-35 bridge near Riverwind Casino on Jan. 21. The $16 million river bridge project will add one lane in each direction on the bridge and leading to the bridge and also will include structural repairs, said Transportation Department spokesman Larry Clore.
Adding lanes to the bridge will ease congestion, especially for those traveling south to State Highway 9 W, he said.
Motorists can expect some nighttime lane closures but no significant delays. The work is expected to be finished by the end of the year.
Work on the Main Street interchange is part of a $35 million project that will include widening I-35 to six lanes from one-half mile north of Main to one-half mile south of Main. The project includes new interchanges at Main and Lindsey streets.
The Main Street bridge will be completed before crews begin work on the Lindsey Street bridge, officials said.
The entire project is expected to be completed in less than two years.