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ODOT announces more construction plans for Tulsa County

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 10/09/2013 7:48 pm Published: 10/09/2013 4:29 pm

If you're sick of seeing orange construction barrels everywhere you go, you might as well get used to it.

Roughly 2,000 projects are planned across the state and dozens of them will be in Tulsa County.

In the next six years, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation will start a $25 million project to completely re-do this interchange.

But that's only one of the projects on the long list.

"It's really irritating," said driver Khrystal Pollard.

Now, surface streets all over town, like the Creek Turnpike, I-244, the IDL, and I-44, will be under construction.

"This morning on I-44 there was a wreck, and plus the Lewis…all that construction right there, it was an hour. And I was like, I'm so glad I live behind my job, because if not I would be an hour late for work," said Pollard.

ODOT will spend $25 million to re-do state highway 266 just east of highway 169 starting in 2015. Then $15 million to re-do a stretch of highway 20 starting in 2017. And $25 million to re-do the interchange of highway 169 and the BA starting in 2019.

"That is a pretty bad area. And I'm really glad they're starting to fix that. I just wish it was done faster," she said.

Those are just some of the $6 billion worth of projects.

"That's a lot. That's a long time, actually…now that you think about it," she said.

Jay Robinson comes to Tulsa for business once a month and says all this road work can be tricky for out-of-towners.

"I stay a lot of times downtown. Getting from the airport to downtown…you know, 75's all blocked off. So you're looking for alternatives, and if you don't know the area very well you drive in a lot of circles," he said.

And he's not looking forward to driving in circles for seven more years.

These projects are all scheduled to start by 2020.

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