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OKLAHOMA CITY - If you travel Broadway Extension during rush hour, you know how frustrating it can be.

Some days traffic flows smoothly, others you end up stuck in a mess, usually at the I-44 interchange.

Soon more progress will be seen along that stretch of road.

Work on the northwest section of this project was finished and now many are wondering what comes next.

The answer will be visible very soon.

Terri Angier, spokesperson for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, said, "The interchange is a huge project. It's been going on for years."

The Northwest quadrant finished up last summer and now ODOT is moving on to the Southwest quadrant.

Work is scheduled to start in May.

Angier said, "This one should not be as bad but we still want to remind people if they can avoid the area they should start planning for that."

ODOT said this next phase has actually been moved up.

The entire project is estimated to take another five years, partly due to funding and partly due to keeping the road open to travelers.

Angier said, "Even if all the funding was available, working under traffic doesn't allow you to do more than one phase at a time."

This project will likely take about 18 months, though the exact details are still being worked out with the contractor.

ODOT said this phase is estimated to cost about $10 million.

The entire project is estimated at $250 million.