Special to The Sun
OKLA. CITY —
Progress on one of Oklahoma City’s busiest interchanges is ramping up and commuters will see work begin at the I-44/I-235/Broadway Extension interchange Monday night, according to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
This next phase of the I-44/ I-235/BWX interchange is concentrated primarily in the southwest quadrant of the interchange, however, some minor improvements also will take place on the northeast quadrant of the interchange. The project will replace the eastbound I-44 ramp to southbound I-235 and includes temporary work to lengthen and add a lane to the current westbound I-44 ramp to northbound I-235 in order to help alleviate traffic issues during construction of the current and future phases of the I-44/Broadway Extension interchange reconstruction, ODOT stated.
Beginning Monday, motorists can expect the following lane and ramp closures on the northeast quadrant of the interchange nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through August:
• Westbound I-44 ramp to northbound I-235;
• The northbound I-235 ramp to westbound I-44;
• The right lane of northbound I-235 between I-44 and N.W. 63rd St.
Also beginning Monday, motorists can expect the following lane and ramp closures on the southwest quadrant of the interchange:
• Eastbound I-44 ramps to north and southbound I-235 close nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday night through the morning of July 27.
• The right lane of eastbound I-44 will be closed between Western Avenue and I-235 throughout the project.
Other than the overnight ramp closures at the beginning of the project next week, the plan is to keep the current eastbound I-44 ramp to southbound I-235 open throughout the majority of the project.
The $9 million project is part of the overall I-235/Broadway Extension/I-44 corridor reconstruction.
The project, which was awarded to Sherwood Construction of Catoosa earlier this year, is anticipated to be completed next spring. The project contract includes incentives for early completion or disincentives for late completion of the project of up to $500,000.
The most noticeable traffic interruption during the project will be the closure of northbound and southbound I-235 over a weekend in September in order to remove the old southbound I-235 ramp to N.W. 50th Street, which is currently closed and will be removed permanently to make room for the new eastbound I-44 ramp. This closure will take place mainly overnight and during a weekend.
Information on the project and daily closure information will be updated and posted in the Traffic Advisories section of www.okladot.state.ok.us.
The project is the second in a series to rebuild the I-44/I-235/Broadway Extension interchange, which was built in the early 1960s and carries up to 190,000 cars per day combined on both interstates. The first project in the interchange, which constructed the new southbound I-235 ramp to westbound I-44, was completed in summer 2012. Subsequent future projects on the corridor will construct longer ramps at I-235 and I-44 as well as improve frontage roads and complete the widening of I-235 and Broadway Extension between 36th Street and Edmond. An additional five phases of the project to reconstruct the entire interchange will be completed in the following years at a cost of an estimated $160 million.