OKLAHOMA CITY – A group of businesses in the area of I-235 and 50th St. are upset over the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s plans to not rebuild the on and off ramps at 50th St.
Last week, numerous companies gathered at an ODOT meeting to voice their concerns.
Business owners like Randy Hunter, who owns Hunter Mechanical, say they were led to believe ODOT would extend Santa Fe over I-44 as part of the ongoing construction at I-235 and I-44.
ODOT says the bridge has never been a definite design.
The bridge was an option engineers had considered in order to help reduce traffic on I-235 during certain phases of the overall project.
ODOT officials say crews have figured out how to keep two lanes of traffic open in both directions on I-235, which means the Santa Fe bridge project will not be necessary.
Businesses in the area of 50th and Santa Fe say ODOT’s plans to remove ramps at 50th St. and not rebuild them will simply cause a lot of congestion in other areas, mainly Lincoln or Western, because the traffic that uses those ramps has to go somewhere.
They say building the Santa Fe bridge over I-44 will cut down on congestion and allow traffic to access I-235 from N.W. 63rd St.
ODOT says it understands the concern, but at this point the Santa Fe bridge is not a part of the project.
Officials say the building of the bridge is up to the City of Oklahoma City.
City offices are closed on Veteran’s Day, so we were unable to get a comment from the city as to whether they are looking into building the bridge.