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Traffic Talk: Improvements continue along Interstate 35

Don Gammill: Work on I-35 in Oklahoma City metro area narrows the length of roadway that's still to be expanded
By DON GAMMILL Published: December 9, 2013
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If I am not mistaken, when the roadwork on I-35 is completed in Norman, there will only be one stretch of two-lane on this road from north Edmond to south of Norman ... the 2.5-mile stretch from NE 23 to north of NE 50. Is there any plan to widen this area?

Bob

State Transportation Department officials note that Interstate 35 has three lanes in each direction from Edmond to Interstate 44 in Oklahoma City, then narrows to two lanes between I-44 and NE 10.

They say I-35 will have three lanes in each direction, from NE 10 in Oklahoma City to just south of Norman, when all of the Norman projects are completed.

“These include the ongoing Main Street project and the State Highway 9 and Lindsey Street projects scheduled for 2014,” says Cody Boyd, of the Transportation Department.

“The section of I-35 between I-44 and NE 10 has a resurfacing project scheduled in the (department's) Eight-year Construction Work Plan for 2017, but no project for widening the highway has been formally planned yet.”

There are some factors that would have a major effect on any future widening project, he notes.

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