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Traffic alert: Rehab efforts to impact traffic on Belle Isle bridge

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.

Crews completed emergency repairs to the bridge's piers in 2015. In June 2016, ODOT approved a study on how to rehab the bridge.

The $3.8 million contract for the project was awarded to Sapulpa's PBX Corporation.

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