Construction Closes Highway 75 At Interstate 44 In Tulsa - Again

Friday, September 10th 2010, 5:48 pm
By: News On 6

By Emory Bryan, The News On 6

TULSA, OKLAHOMA --  There's another highway construction job in West Tulsa this weekend. And it's going have traffic diverted at the Highway 75, I-44 Interchange until Monday's morning rush hour.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has closed off sections of Highway 75 on the weekends while they rework the bridges. This weekend they'll do it again - requiring another detour.

8/13/2010 Related Story: Construction Work To Close Part Of Highway 75 In Tulsa This Weekend

The traffic backups are almost constant these days on Highway 75 at the junction of Interstate 44. The bottlenecks are two bridges the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is replacing just south of the interchange.

It's a $2.3 million project - that will run into next year - with two more bridges being replaced on the ramps.

"It's a real pain because with all the construction and them taking so long, it slows everybody down," one driver said.

ODOT plans to close both southbound lanes this weekend at the Highway 75 and I-244 split. Drivers who need to go further south will need to continue west, then east on I-44, to get around the construction.

ODOT is only working on one lane of the bridge at a time, but they have to close both lanes - the entire highway southbound - because traffic is too close for their workers to be safe.

"We've been trying to avoid peak rush hour times during the weekdays," said Kenna Mitchell, ODOT spokesperson. "We've mainly been doing 7 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday and that seems to be working pretty well with traffic."

ODOT has plenty of signs warning drivers of the plans for barriers in the southbound lanes. The regular commuters - and people who live in the area - have learned to take the construction in stride.

"I know the way around this neighborhood pretty good so it's not that hard for me," another driver said.

The lanes will be closed off starting Friday night at 7 through Monday morning about 6 a.m.