Holiday Travel Routes Put To Reality Check

Wednesday, November 26th 2008, 5:10 pm
By: News On 6

By Dan Bewley and Scott Thompson, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Tulsans are taking off for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Wednesday is one of the biggest travel days of the year and there are some Oklahoma roads you may want to avoid as you make your way for Thanksgiving dinner.

Triple A expects 41 million Americans will drive more than 50 miles from home this holiday weekend.

The News On 6 checked with ODOT and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority about specific places that may merit a detour for your travels over the next few days.

One of the main spots is in Tulsa.  The two left lanes of northbound Highway 75 are closed near the I-244 interchange, in the northeast corner of the IDL.

Also, on the Cherokee Turnpike, traffic will be down to one lane in both directions.  On the Muskogee Turnpike, just south of Coweta, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is warning of congestion as both directions are down to one lane.

If you're driving takes you through Oklahoma City there are two areas with expected delays.  The first is on I-240, near Tinker Air Force Base at Douglas Boulevard.  ODOT is repairing bridges there and warns drivers to look out for closed lanes that could back up traffic.  The other is on the Broadway Extension, south of Edmond, between Memorial Road and Northeast 122nd. 

ODOT is working on a number of construction projects that have reduced the number of lanes, as well as closed several off-ramps.  All of the projects will impact traffic on Thanksgiving Day through Sunday.  

But, the good news for those heading to Bedlam on Saturday night, all of the major roads between Tulsa and Stillwater are expected to be just fine.