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Construction progresses in the I-40 Crosstown corridor
Please remain alert to workers and equipment along the I-40 Crosstown near downtown Oklahoma City. Lane closures are continually changing so drivers are asked to locate temporary alternate routes early. Daily lane closures are noted in the traffic advisories section of www.okladot.state.ok.us. Plan ahead for extra travel time, especially during peak traffic hours.
While construction continues, drivers are reminded to consider using I-235 for additional access to downtown Oklahoma City and Bricktown.
Ongoing work in the corridor includes construction of the interstate reconnection on the east end of the I-40 Crosstown corridor and the design and future construction of the Oklahoma City Boulevard which will follow the path of the old Crosstown corridor.
Oklahoma’s three major interstates converge near downtown Oklahoma City with I-35 and I-44 intersecting I-40 at either end of a four-mile stretch known as the Crosstown. The original Crosstown was built about five blocks north of I-40’s new alignment through downtown Oklahoma City. To move the highway, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation embarked on one of its largest projects since the interstate system was completed in the 1970s.
Completed in 1966, the original three-lane I-40 Crosstown was designed to carry up to 76,000 vehicles daily. By 2005 when ground was broken for the new highway, it routinely carried as many as 125,000 vehicles each day.
The new $680 million I-40 Crosstown is designed to carry approximately 173,000 vehicles daily on five lanes in each direction. A planned multi-lane boulevard offering a connection to downtown Oklahoma City will further increase traffic capacity in the area.
Aesthetics in the project include the SkyDance pedestrian bridge near Robinson Ave. as well as design details on other bridges. Elements have been incorporated into retaining and screen walls that complement architectural aspects of the nearby Little Flower Church.