Traffic alert: Rehab efforts to impact traffic on Belle Isle bridge
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
A busy Oklahoma thoroughfare will be impacted by lane closures as crews begin a new project.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation reports that the Belle Isle bridge will undergo a rehabilitation project beginning after rush hour March 13 and lasting through June.
ODOT reports that the project will impact traffic in the following ways:
- I-44 will be narrowed to two lanes in each direction after rush hour Mon., March 13 then narrowed to one lane in each direction from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly for the duration of the project.
- The speed limit on I-44 also will be reduced to 40 mph in the work zone through the duration of the project.
- The I-44 ramps at Classen Blvd. and Northwest Expressway will be closed intermittently but not at the same time.
- Drivers can expect traffic congestion and delays and should consider using an alternate route, such as I-40.
During the project, crews will replace and seal the expansion joints on the bridge and apply a protective coating to the pier caps underneath. This will help keep water, salt and sand from seeping through the bridge piers and further damaging the bridge.
The $3.8 million contract for the project was awarded to Sapulpa's PBX Corporation.