The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has started the construction of the Interstate 40 Cross-Town Bridge in Oklahoma City. The said construction will affect the traffic route of the area for several weeks in the future.
Plenty of roadblocks are now in place for the construction and there are expected traffic jams as new lanes and closures are implemented to give way for the construction of the bridge. Nevertheless, the new Cross-Town will mean huge benefits in the long run – especially to drivers in Oklahoma City.
The completion of the project is said to take less than a year – projected around June of next year, exactly ten months from now. However, for now, there will be more closures and frequent traffic in the city.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, several lanes will be closed between 8 p.m. Sunday nights to 5 a.m. on Mondays. These lanes will be located eastbound I-40 at the I-35/I-235 interchange. On Monday 5 a.m. the eastbound I-40 will have two lanes and a short-term exit ramp closured from the eastbound I-40 to I-35 and I-235.
The right lane of I-40 will be the only exit for southbound I-35. Those who want to exit the northbound I-235 will proceed to the left lane.
Brenda Perry of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said that the Department wants to give drivers plenty of heads up so to make them more aware of the special direction signals. These will keep drivers informed while there is a construction going on. When the new Cross-Town bridge is opened, the old I-40 will be taken down.
The projected cost of the 10-lane Cross-Twon interstate is $670 million. It is noted that this will be a grond-level major thoroughfare in the downtown Oklahoma City.