Deadly stretch of I-35


Monday, September 15th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


(Oklahoma City-AP) -- A 27-mile stretch of Interstate 35 in southern Oklahoma City has had 1,888 traffic accidents over the past three years.

A Department of Transportation study shows that wrecks on I-35 from southern Oklahoma City to Purcell have killed 29 people and injured another 1,159 since August first 2000 through July 31st.

The study found that 342 collisions, including a fatal wreck, happened in the construction areas on I-35 from Crossroads Mall to Purcell.

A total of 113 wrecks in construction zones along the route have injured 186 people. Another 228 work-zone collisions have resulted in property damage.

Construction that has slowed traffic on I-35 will continue. A widening project is expected to be completed in March.

Another project on Interstate 35 in southern Oklahoma City is expected to begin in November.