“This is going to cause a lot of increased traffic,” City recommends alternate routes to avoid traffic mess on I-235

OKLAHOMA CITY-- The Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the City of Oklahoma City are urging drivers to take alternate routes as a big resurfacing project is underway on I-235.

Every weeknight from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m., ODOT crews are busy resurfacing the interstate.

Traffic is narrowed down to just one lane on one of Oklahoma City’s busiest thoroughfares from N. 36th Street to N.W. 63rd.

“We know a lot of people will be coming downtown, they’ll be coming down for Thunder games, for concerts,and we want to make sure they have some other options to get them home safely,” City spokesperson Kristy Yager said.

The city is recommending the following alternate routes: I-35, I-44, and city streets like Lincoln, Classen, Martin Luther King, 36th Street, and 23rd Street.

“We do know this is going to cause a lot of increased traffic on city streets, and we want drivers to remember to obey the speed limit,” Yager said.

Businesses like the Rockford on N.W. 23rd say traffic congestion has always been a problem in uptown, and with the new detour, it’s getting worse.

“There’s so many different routes you can take from 23rd to different parts of the city, just to get home it’s going to take a lot longer,” Rockford employee Jacquelyn Bragg said.

The bottom line is if you’re coming and going to downtown at night, plan your route ahead of time. The speed limit has been reduced to 50 mph in the work zone. This part of the 3-year project is expected to be complete at the end of October.