Road Work May Last Another Decade

Saturday, November 3rd 2007, 3:30 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The end is in sight for central Oklahoma motorists who have endured nine years of construction projects. But the completion date may be nearly another decade down the road. Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials say projects to expand Interstate 235 and U.S. Highway 77, also known as the Broadway Extension, began in 1998 and aren't expected to be done until 2016.

Once finished, the projects will create a corridor capable of handling the traffic load of a modern metropolitan area.

About 90,000 vehicles now travel through parts of the corridor daily, though some portions yet to be expanded were built for only about 50,000.

Transportation officials say the expanded corridor will be able to handle 170,000 vehicles a day.