Highway Construction

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 8/05/2013 10:52 pm Published: 8/05/2013 10:50 pm

Your morning and evening commute could be getting a little longer. O-DOT has closed the two southbound lanes on highway 1-69 at the BA interchange.
        The interchange at 169 and the BA is one of Tulsa's busiest, with about 118,000 cars traveling it every day. The lane closures are part of a bridge rehabilitation project. Crews tell fox23 they hope to keep at least two lanes open, but want people to know that there will still be long delays.
        Drivers we caught up with say all of the construction is a big pain. O-DOT says it had to close the two lanes and also the two ramps at the interchange to help make some of the repair work go faster. FOX23 spoke with drivers. Ashleigh Hankins said, "I normally use it all the time because I'm in school and to go to TCC, it's a hassle. It's just very frustrating and I mean it's just a pain. It's just backed up traffic."
        Until it's all finished drivers just have to grin and bear it. So far, crews had been doing the work on nights and weekends until now. The $1.5 million project includes work on the substructure of the bridge, and also replacing the approach slabs and expansion joints on the top side. The two right lanes southbound on 169 are expected to remain closed through august 9th. O-DOT is asking drivers to use I-44 as a detour until the projects are finished.

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