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Oklahoma weather speeds highway work

BY DIANA BALDWIN Modified: February 5, 2009 at 10:09 am •  Published: February 5, 2009
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e ramp from Memorial Road to southbound Broadway Extension will be open, which will help with the congested morning commuter traffic from Edmond, Angier said.

And plans were changed this week to allow a northbound Broadway exit ramp to Memorial Road to remain open. Contractors were able to build a temporary detour ramp, Angier said.

A second northbound Broadway off-ramp that loops into westbound Memorial Road will remain closed throughout the project, the spokeswoman said.

"This is great news if we can keep the ramps open,” she said. "This is very good news to us.”

Memorial Road, which has been narrowed to two lanes since July, will open by May to four lanes in both directions.

"This is very good news for the businesses in the area,” Angier said.


I-35 project set to start soon

NORMAN — A $40 million project to widen Interstate 35 up to six lanes in Norman is expected to start Feb. 15. The project should be completed in the summer of 2010, said Terri Angier, state Transportation Department spokeswoman.

Workers will add lanes, improve exit ramps and add safety features. Construction will happen on a 4.6-mile stretch between Main Street and the U.S. 77 junction.

The contractor, Oklahoma City-based Haskell Lemon Construction Co., is mobilizing to prepare for the construction work to begin soon, Angier said.

This is the first of two major projects to widen I-35 through Norman. The second, widening I-35 from Main Street south to the Canadian River, is in the planning stages. The projects could take up to six years and cost nearly $200 million.

Nearly 75,000 vehicles a day travel this roadway, making it one of the state’s busiest four-lane stretches of highway. The interstate roadway near Norman is designed to carry up to 30,000 vehicles, Angier said.

DIANA BALDWIN, Staff Writer

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