Lindsey Street bridge in Norman to reopen to traffic on Friday

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NORMAN, Okla. – Drivers in Norman will definitely notice a change in traffic following the reopening of a heavily traveled bridge.

The Lindsey Street bridge over I-35 will reopen on Friday for the first time since its closure in April of 2016.

Officials say the bridge is now the widest in the state, sitting at 337 feet wide, which is almost the length of a football field.

The interchange closed last April to be reconstructed as a single point urban interchanging, which is only the third of its type in Oklahoma.

The construction was part of a two-year, $71 million Oklahoma Department of Transportation project to reconstruct the I-35 interchanges at Hwy 9 and Lindsey Street.  The project also included the widening of the interstate to six lanes from south of Main Street to the South Canadian River.

The City of Norman invited the public to celebrate the opening of the bridge on Friday morning.

People walked, biked and roller bladed across the Lindsey Street bridge over I-35 to celebrate the completion of the project.

The bridge will officially open for drivers sometime Friday evening.