I-244 ramp to US-75/US-64/SH-51 re-opened

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Updated: 6/13/2013 5:20 pm Published: 6/13/2013 1:03 pm

Emergency repairs on the off ramp bridge from eastbound I-244 onto the southern leg of the inner dispersal loop finished just before 4 p.m. on Thursday.

The repairs were to fix a hole that popped up in the roadway. The repair came as the Oklahoma Department of Transportation prepared to replace the entire bridge.

The bridge will be closed down in about a month so it can be rebuilt. On Thursday, crews had to patch about a 2-foot hole to keep traffic moving until they are ready to shut the bridge down.

"The potential for cars to hit it and have blowouts and things like that. But it is through the bridge deck. We've increased the size by a little bit so we can get to the beams and make a good pour," said Martin Stewart with ODOT.

They expanded the hole and then lifted a plywood board from below to close off the bottom and then filled it in.

It was not the only hole they had to get to in the same stretch of the bridge on Thursday.

With detours, and lane and ramp closures already underway in preparation for the bridge replacement the closure created a bit of a problem: there was no way to get on the Broken Arrow Expressway eastbound or stay on I-244 eastbound without having to exit into downtown Tulsa and getting back on the highways elsewhere.

Some drivers were frustrated.

"We had to go to Broken Arrow. Yeah, we gotta go to Broken Arrow, so we've gotta come all the way back around," one told us.

"We're wasting gas. And gas is $3.55 a gallon," said another.

Others were prepared for it, although not quite so soon.

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