Construction set to begin on busy interstate
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
One of Oklahoma's busiest interchanges could soon become worse as The Oklahoma Department of Transportation plans to get to work on phase three of the I-235/I-44 interchange overhaul.
The plan to widen Interstate 235 was approved Monday afternoon.
"This is the largest single most project we've ever let to contract in the state of Oklahoma at the cost of about 88 million," said ODOT Spokesperson, Terry Angier.
Construction should start in the next month and the first step will be repaving the roadway. Crews are working to widen Interstate 235 to six lanes from N. 36th Street up to Interstate 44. ODOT says they also plan to reconstruct 4 bridges along that stretch of road.
Angier went on to say that some of the roadways are in dyer need of renovation, even saying some of the infrastructure was built five decades ago.
"There's some safety concerns about the volume of traffic so this will alleviate a lot of those concerns," Angier said.
ODOT says they understand that construction may cause headaches for some drivers, but they say the project is vital for the safety and long term traffic flow of this stretch of road.
"We're asking the public to partner with us. It's a much needed project. So we really want them to start looking at finding an alternate routes because we're looking at 3 years on this project," Angier said.
ODOT Officials say that I-235 will be completely closed for six weekends to allow for construction, but that won't happen until the Fall.