ODOT approves contracts to ease traffic nightmares

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is celebrating a win the agency awarded two major corridor projects in Oklahoma City.

And, one was to finish the Oklahoma City Boulevard.

Right now, if you take the boulevard across E.K. Gaylord, it leads to a dead end in a grassy sunflower field.

However, it will not be like that for long.

“We've been waiting a number of years to get to this point,” said ODOT director Mike Patterson.

The $27 million project will connect the existing two sections of the Oklahoma City Boulevard near Western to Shields Boulevard.

The goal is to move traffic across the city much quicker.

“You'll be able to get across downtown Oklahoma City faster. You'll be able to access downtown Oklahoma City better. Thunder games will be so much easier to get to,” Patterson said.

Work for that is scheduled to begin in mid-January, but it's not the only project to make commutes for Oklahoma City drivers a little smoother.

“So, we got five lanes north of 206th, and then it comes down to a narrow two-lane with no shoulders until you get to 164th and then it goes to a four-lane. We must finish this corridor,” Patterson said.

That too is schedule to change.

On average, ODOT tells News 4 more than 21,000 cars travel State Highway 74 each day, so the department will add another lane.

“This project will extend from where 164th Street is up to 206th Street or Covell Road,” Patterson said.

That's not the only good news that will come with a headache.

The Dallas junction will also be getting another lane to ease congestion along there.

That more than $5 million project will start no later than April 2.

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