OKLAHOMA CITY — As crews begin to tear down the old Crosstown bridge, drivers may notice a few road closures and changes to their daily routes.
Officials said it will take approximately eight months to fully deconstruct the old bridge between Western Ave. and Shields Blvd.
The first deconstruction activity on the old Crosstown will force Western Ave. to close.
Closures starting Thursday:
- Western Ave. running northbound will be closed from S.W. 3rd St. to Main St.
- Western Ave. running southbound will be closed from Main St. to S.W. 4th St.
- April 26 – May 18 – Western Ave.
– If you want to travel northbound on Western Ave. the detour is: east at 3rd St. to Classen Blvd., north on Classen Blvd. to Main St., West on Main St. to Western Ave.
– If you want to travel southbound on Western Ave. the detour is: east at Main St. to Classen Blvd., south on Classen Blvd. to 4th St., west on 4th St. to Western Ave.
- May 24 – June 4 – Classen Blvd.
– If you want to travel northbound on Classen Blvd. the detour will be: west on Reno to Western Ave., north on Western Ave. to Main St., east on Main St. to Classen Blvd.
– If you want to travel southbound on Classen Blvd. the detour will be: east on Sheridan to Shartel Ave., south on Shartel Ave. to Reno, west on Reno to Classen Blvd.
- June 5 – June 20 – Reno Ave.
– If you want to travel eastbound on Reno Ave. the detour will be: south on Classen Ave. to 3rd St., east on 3rd St. to Lee, north on Lee to Reno.
– If you want to travel westbound on Reno Ave. the detour will be: north on Lee to Sheridan, west on Sheridan to Classen, south on Classen to Reno.
The pedestrian traffic along those streets will also be restricted and a portion of the Bricktown Canal will be closed in July.
A detour will be in place directing drivers to use Classen Blvd. instead.
Access to the new I-40 Crosstown will remain open at Western Ave.
Officials say that drivers should expect additional congestion and plan accordingly.
Daily closures will be available on the Department of Transportation website.