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The stretch of I-44 between Riverside Dr. and Yale Ave. in Tulsa is one of the oldest sections of interstate in Oklahoma. (In fact, it was built before the creation of the Interstate System in 1956!) The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is working to widen this area from four lanes to six, and to upgrade the intersections at Riverside Dr., Peoria Ave., Lewis Ave. and Harvard Avenue. This $360 million project will greatly improve the traffic flow and safety for this corridor.
During the first phase of construction, completed in 2010, a 1.25 mile long drainage structure was built on the north side of I-44 between Riverside Dr. and Yorktown Avenue. This massive structure is 30 feet underground, and contains nearly 35,000 cubic yards of concrete and almost six million pounds of steel. It serves as a major drainage structure for this entire corridor.
The second phase of construction is underway in the Harvard Ave. corridor; the third phase is underway in the Riverside Dr./Peoria Ave. corridor. The final phase will be the Lewis Ave. corridor, tentatively scheduled for bid in 2012. The overall project is expected to be complete in 2013.
There are many daily lane and ramp closures for these projects. Please click on the "Traffic Advisories" link on the left side of this page to access information on daily lane and ramp closures.