Current ongoing Oklahoma City projects
•Southbound Interstate 235 to westbound Interstate 44 ramp project: The $23 million project was started in June and is expected to last slightly more than a year. It will replace the current southbound I-235 ramp to westbound I-44 with a new, longer ramp to allow for an easier and safer transition between the two interstates. Improvements to access roads and to Grand Boulevard will be made as part of the project. The new ramp will be tied into southbound I-235 near NE 63 and into westbound I-44 near Western Avenue.
•Interstate 40 Crosstown: Traffic was moved earlier this year off the old bridge. Construction on the downtown boulevard will start after the old bridge is taken down. Eight projects will connect the new interstate to the downtown Oklahoma City area. Estimated cost is $85 million. It should take about two years to complete.
•I-40 at Morgan Road: The $34 million project began in mid-February 2011 and is estimated to be completed this winter. It reconstructs the I-40 at Morgan Road interchange and removes the current cloverleaf design of the interchange ramps. The new interchange will be configured into a single-point urban interchange, including longer ramps and a wider Morgan Road bridge. The project will also reconstruct a portion of I-40 between the North Canadian River bridge and Sara Road.
Current Tulsa metro project
•I-244/Arkansas River bridge replacement project: The $78 million project is a combination of federal funds and a nearly $50 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant. The project replaces functionally obsolete westbound bridge, which was built in 1967. The new bridge incorporates highway lanes on the top, with two dedicated future rail lines and an area for bicycle and pedestrian traffic underneath. It is Oklahoma’s first double-decker bridge incorporating these elements. The first phase began in May to repair the eastbound I-244 bridge surface and complete construction of crossover detours on either side of the current Arkansas River bridges. Overall estimated completion is mid-2013.
Major corridor projects in ODOT’s eight-year plan
•Broadway Extension (U.S. 77) and I-235/ I-44 interchange: Future projects on the corridor will construct longer ramps and new flyover ramps at I-235 and I-44 as well as improve frontage roads and complete the widening of Broadway Extension (U.S. 77)/I-235 between NE 36 and Edmond.
•Continued improvements and widening of I-40 between the North Canadian River Bridge and El Reno.
•Reconstruction and improvements to I-40 between I-240 and the line dividing Oklahoma and Lincoln counties, including reconstruction of the I-40/Choctaw Road interchange.
•Reconstruction of the I-240/ I-35 interchange.
•Continuing widening of I-35 through Norman and to the South Canadian River bridge, including replacing interchanges at Robinson, Main and Lindsey streets in Norman.
•Continued reconstruction of I-44 from Riverside to Yale in Tulsa.
•Improvements to I-244 in Tulsa.
•Improvements to U.S. 75 in Tulsa, including ramps to I-44.
To learn about
road construction projects throughout the state, go to okladot.state.ok.us and click on “Traffic Advisories.”