Flooding closes several Oklahoma highways
OKLAHOMA — The Sooner State got a brief break from severe weather, but the flood rains are back.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation has decided to close several highways to prevent people from driving into high waters.
ODOT reports the following highways are affected by high water. Do NOT drive into high water. Turn around if possible. Drivers are cautioned to heed all warning signs and not to drive around barricades.
Travel discouraged on I-35 in southern Oklahoma due to multiple closures, traffic detoured:
- Northbound I-35 is closed just south of US-77/Turner Falls (mm 51) in Murray County until further notice due to ongoing cleanup of debris falling onto the highway caused by heavy rain. ODOT crews are assessing the situation and do not currently have an estimate for reopening the highway. Law enforcement is diverting traffic and drivers should follow the detour routes listed below.
Closed due to flooding:
- Carter County – US-70 West is closed between I-35 in Ardmore and SH-76 near Wilson. SH-76 is closed between Healdton and US-70 and closed several locations between Healdton and Ratliff City.
- Cherokee County – SH-80 is closed to through traffic about four miles west of Hulbert between SH-51 and US-62.
- Garvin County – SH-74 is closed one mile north of SH-7, south of Elmore City. SH-74 is closed to through traffic between Maysville and Elmore City. Detour on SH-19, US-77 and SH-29.
- Jefferson County – SH-89 is closed between US-70 and SH-32 south of Ringling. US-70 is closed 8 miles west of Ringling.
- Johnston County – US-377/SH-99 is closed to through traffic just south of Tishomingo. While water has receded off the roadway, flooding and debris have damaged parts of the bridge. Water remains too high at this time for a full bridge inspection to determine the extent of potential damage. Traffic is detoured on SH-1/SH-22 through Ravia and US-177/SH-199.
- Leflore County – US-270 is closed between Wister and Heavener and US-271 at Wister. Signs are in place and traffic will be detoured to Poteau and Heavener.
- Love County – SH-77 Scenic is closed at Lake Murray State Park. SH-96 is closed south of SH-32. SH-32 is closed at Mud Creek 3 miles east of the Jefferson County line.
- Marshall County – SH-199 is closed at the Ft. Washita bridge about five miles west of SH-48.
- Murray County – US-77 is closed between SH-7 and I-35 near Davis. SH-7 westbound is closed in Davis at the US-77 South junction.
- Okfuskee County – SH-48 is closed 1.5 miles south of I-40 at the Canadian River.
- Okmulgee County – US-75A is closed the rail road overpass on the north side of Beggs.
- Pittsburg County – SH-31 is closed west of McAlester.
- Tulsa County – SH 11 is closed between 76th St North and 86th St North.
Closed due to flooding damage:
- Grant County – SH-11 between US-81 in Medford and SH-132 is open to one lane with traffic signals while surface damage is repaired on the construction detour.
- Kingfisher County – SH-33 is closed about three miles west of the SH-74F junction near Cashion. This closure is expected to last several more weeks while a contractor finishes a nearby bridge construction project.
- Kiowa County – SH-54 is closed to through traffic just south of SH-9 near Gotebo after flooding damaged a construction detour near an ongoing project. Traffic is detoured using SH-19 to US-183 to SH-55.
- Leflore County – SH-1 is closed between US-271 and US-259 through the Ouachita National Forest due to damage from a land slide.
- McCurtain County – US-259 is closed at the Red River due to flooding-related damage on both the Oklahoma and Texas sides of the Red River bridge. Drivers must find an alternate route traveling into Texas.
- Pottawatomie County – SH-102 is open to only local traffic between SH-9 and SH-59B as crews repair damage to surface and drainage areas of the highway. The roadway may reopen within a week.
- Pushmataha County – US-271 is open to one lane south of Clayton as a contractor continues making repairs to shore up severe erosion after heavy rains in May damaged both the roadway and the road bed. Permanent repairs are expected to take up to eight weeks to complete.
Updates will be posted as we get them.