I-44 construction to begin July in Oklahoma

| June 22, 2011

Traffic on Interstate 44 and the Will Rogers Turnpike in Oklahoma will be disrupted between July 5 and next summer for construction projects.

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority plans to repair 4.5 miles of pavement and replace the Five Mile Creek Bridges.

Traffic on I-44 will be limited to a single lane in each direction from near the Missouri state line to mile marker 325 in Oklahoma. During the first phase, expected from July through November, lane reductions will begin just west of exit 1 in Missouri.

Drivers on the Will Rogers Turnpike/I-44 in Oklahoma will share the single pair of eastbound lanes as the westbound side and an entire bridge is rebuilt. In the next phase, travelers will share the westbound lanes as the eastbound side is rebuilt.

The bridges to be replaced are similar to the I-35W bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis four years ago.