OKLAHOMA CITY – A major construction project that is expected to impact one of Oklahoma’s busiest interstates has been delayed.
Originally, Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews planned to close I-235 in both directions from north of N.W. 36th St. through the I-44 interchange on Friday.
However, ODOT officials say that due to wind concerns, crews will not be able to start the project until Friday, Jan. 26 through Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 6 a.m.
Experts say the roadway may open earlier.
During that time, Oklahoma Department of Transportation construction crews will use cranes to move two massive new railroad bridges into place over the interstate.
“This is one of the real critical points of the project to get these railroads bridges in place so we can realign the railroad and take down the old railroad,” ODOT Director Mike Patterson said. “This is adding a Monday to our Saturday and Sunday closures.”
Officials say the nearly 100,000 commuters who use I-235 will need to add some extra time to their drive.
Alternate routes, such as I-44, Lake Hefner Parkway, I-35, and Lincoln, are highlighted in blue on the map , provided by ODOT.
The $88 million “Off Broadway” project is the largest and longest contract ever awarded by ODOT.
It will widen I-235 to six lanes, alleviating some safety hazards by fixing flood prone areas and straightening bends in the interstate near N.W. 50th St.
The project is expected to be complete by the end of the year.