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Project Overview

The westbound I-244 bridge over the Arkansas River in Tulsa is being replaced with a double-decker bridge structure, incorporating highway lanes, two dedicated future rail lines and access for pedestrians and bicycles.

Manhattan Road and Bridge Co. was awarded the project in March 2011. The cost of construction is $64 million and the cost of construction time is $14 million, bringing the total bid to $78 million. Work will begin on the detour routes in mid-April 2011, and the existing westbound I-244 bridge is expected to close for replacement in summer 2011. At that time, westbound traffic will detour onto the eastbound I-244 bridge which will accommodate two-way traffic. The overall project is scheduled to complete in two years.

The project cost is a combination of federal funds and received a nearly $50 million federal TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Grant in February 2010. This grant cycle was extremely competitive, with more than 1,400 applications submitted nationwide. The I-244 multi-modal bridge is considered one of the top projects in the country to receive this funding.

Please bookmark this page and continue to check for project updates. Click on the Traffic Advisories link on the left side of this page to view daily traffic information, and on the Map link to see ramp closures and detours for this project.

The existing eastbound bridge is scheduled for replacement in 2013, although the $30 million estimated project cost is not fully funded at this time.

Lane closures will be noted on ODOT’s daily traffic advisories for Tulsa which can be found on www.okladot.state.ok.us/newsmedia/traffax/tulsa. In addition, before heading out in traffic, drivers can visually check the current travel conditions of their route by visiting the web site’s front page and clicking Public Access Webcams.

HOMENews and MediaAdvisoriesI-244 Bridge