Construction on major highway to create traffic problems


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Reported by: Tiffany Alaniz
Updated: 2/14 7:35 am Published: 2/14 6:01 am


TULSA, Okla. - Starting tonight, drivers will want to avoid a major highway in Green Country.

This weekend, ODOT crews will close all lanes of Highway 169 under the 46th Street North bridge.

The closure of Highway 169 will last all weekend, and it includes all north- and southbound lanes.

This will mean major traffic congestion around the Highway 169 and State Highway 266 exit area.

Construction crews will close 169 tonight at 7 and it won't reopen until 6 a.m. Monday.

All lanes of traffic will be detoured to the ramps and the speed limit around the area will be reduced to 25 mph.

ODOT officials says drivers who are coming from the east side of Owasso should go across and take Interstate 44 into town.

They say if you decide to drive in the area, expect major delays.

"There's a lot of truck traffic in this area on State Highway 266 and 169," ODOT public information manager Kenna Carmon said. "There's also a lot of commuter traffic as well so we want to do this. This interchange is really able to handle the needs of today's traffic demands."

Crews will be tearing down the eastbound bridge over 169 at the 46th Street North exit.

It's a $9 million project.

The eastbound bridge tear down is just the first part of the replacing both of the bridges and reconfiguring the interchange.


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