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UPDATE: Downtown detours in effect for final phase of Project 180

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Courtesy: Myriad Gardens

Courtesy: Myriad Gardens

OKLAHOMA CITY – Drivers in downtown Oklahoma City will likely have a detour or two as the final phase of Project 180 kicks off Thursday.

Construction will begin on McGee, which will be closed to through traffic from Robinson to Broadway on Thursday.

Organizers say parking garage access will be maintained from the intersection of Broadway and McGee.

In addition, Robinson will close from McGee to Kerr.

Renovations include downtown streetscape, more on-street parking spaces and marked bike lanes.

Significant improvements have already been made to the Myriad Botanical Gardens, including the outdoor amphitheater, a restaurant featuring Nick’s burgers and a dog park.

In November, everyone can look forward to the opening of the ice skating rink.

Project 180 is a redesign of downtown streets, sidewalks, parks and plazas to improve the quality and appearance of downtown and to make the area more pedestrian friendly.

Project 180 is not a part of MAPS 3.

The project costs $140 million which comes largely from tax increment financing on construction of the downtown Devon Tower.

In addition, around $25 million will be paid by general obligation bonds passed in a 2007 bond election.

In total, when all is said and done, around 180 acres of downtown Oklahoma City will have undergone improvements.