Metro-area highway system upgrades continue

Published: Friday, March 19, 2021 By: Chamber Staff Source: The POINT!

Motorists can continue to expect construction within several Oklahoma City metro interstate work zones this spring, but with the promise of improved pavement conditions and safety updates along some of the most heavily traveled corridors within the city.

The I-235/I-44 interchange project has hit two major milestones with the recent opening of the two flyover ramps, making this the first four-level interchange on Oklahoma’s highway system. This significant interchange project is on schedule to be completed in fall 2021.

The I-40 Del City bridge project also remains on schedule, but motorists can expect continued lane and ramp closures through 2023.

The newest project that will impact up to 150,000 motorists daily starts March 1 and is expected to be complete in late summer 2021 at I-35 just south of the I-35/I-235/I-40 Dallas Junction between Southeast 15th Street and just south of I-40 and the Oklahoma River. This work is a heavy maintenance project to extend the lifespan of these I-35 bridges.

The following is an update of all the major projects taking place in and around Oklahoma County:

I-235 AND I-44

I-235/US-77/BROADWAY EXT. AND I-44 INTERCHANGE - OFF BROADWAY

This project of up to $105 million will reconstruct and widen I-235 to at least six lanes between North 50th Street and Northwest 63rd Street and construct a four-level interchange with flyover ramps. The project began in late March 2019 and continues through fall 2021.

I-235 remains open to two lanes in each direction, but lanes are narrowed and shifted, and the speed limit is reduced. There will be night and weekend closures later in the project, including full weekend closures for overhead bridge work, and closures of the North 50th Street and North 63rd Street ramps. I-44 lanes are narrowed and shifted between Kelley Avenue and Western Avenue through summer 2021.

The final phase (nearly $17 million) in FY 2023 will reconstruct the northeast quadrant of the interchange, including a direct connection from North Lincoln Boulevard to northbound US-77/Broadway Extension.

I-40

Improvements are underway on I-40 east at Crutcho Creek, Southeast 15th Street and Sooner Road

I-40 BRIDGE RECONSTRUCTION AND WIDENING AT CRUTCHO CREEK, SE 15TH ST. AND SOONER RD. IN DEL CITY

The six bridges will be reconstructed and widened for future additional lanes along I-40 at an estimated nearly $80 million in a combined project.

This project was awarded in June 2020 and construction started September 2020. The project is estimated to take 2.5 years to complete. These bridges are structurally deficient and monopolize the Oklahoma City metro’s maintenance resources due to poor conditions and frequent repairs.

Work started in late March 2020

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