Construction begins on new exit ramp into downtown Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Drivers heading into downtown Oklahoma City will soon have a new entrance.

Crews with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation started building a new exit ramp.

The ramp will run off northbound I-235 directly onto N.W. 10th St.

The construction essentially replaces a section of Walnut Ave. into a ramp directly off of the highway.

"This really simplifies access to 10th St.," said Terri Angier, the ODOT spokesperson.

In the past, drivers going north on I-235 could exit on the loop leading to Harrison Ave.

From there, they could take 6th St. to Broadway and up to 10th.

The new exit ramp will now mean with one simple left turn, drivers will be on 10th St.

"You know, we've wanted this for a long time. It was confusing with the single exit off Harrison, what was the best way to get to us," said Steve Schlegel, a business owner.

Schlegel Bikes has been in Automobile Alley since 2007.

Many other businesses have moved there in recent years and they welcome the new ramp.

"The ramp is really going to help get drivers to 10th St. and come to Midtown," said Ben Davis, the owner of Urbane.

"This is really a win-win-win for everybody," said Angier.

The construction also coincides with a major development by General Electric, adjacent to the new 10th St. exit.

The project cost $3.5 million and is set to be complete by the fall of this year.

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