‘Off Broadway’ closure of I-235 scheduled for this weekend

Interstate traffic I-235 in Oklahoma City

Interstate traffic and construction on I-235 in Oklahoma City, facing south, is seen on May 2, 2017. (KFOR/Bill Miston)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Officials say a major project that is set to close a section of highway is scheduled for this weekend.

Last month, Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews closed part of I-235 between 36th St. and I-44 as part of the ‘I-235 Off Broadway Project.’

Crews began work on the new 50th St. bridge, which is expected to open to the public this summer.

“We’re very excited again, thanking the residents, but also giving them some good news that that’s on track to open this summer so they don’t have to detour around to go from one side of I-35 to another,” Angier said.

Originally, the same stretch of highway was set to close from March 9 through March 12 to remove the old BNSF railroad bridge.

However, ODOT officials said they needed more time to complete necessary coordination and construction work before removing the railroad bridge.

Now, the closure has been rescheduled for this weekend.

ODOT officials say the highway will remain closed from 7 p.m. on Friday through 6 a.m. on Monday morning, weather permitting.

If you are used to taking I-235, you’ll likely have to find another route.

Even once these closures are complete, I-235 will remain an active work zone through 2019.

The ‘I-235 Off Broadway Project’ will widen I-235 to six lanes, relieve flooding issues and straighten bends in the interstate near N.W. 50th St., alleviating some safety hazards.