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I-40 to OKC Boulevard

I-40 to OKC Boulevard

State hands over key for new downtown gateway to Oklahoma City

The Edmond Sun
Special to the Sun
Aug 22, 2019

The Aug. 19 dedication by local and state leaders of the new Oklahoma City Boulevard closed the final chapter on the I-40 Crosstown rebuild, a nearly 25-year and $730 million federal and state infrastructure investment that transformed development opportunities in Oklahoma City’s downtown.

The final phase of the overall I-40 Crosstown reconstruction is the Oklahoma City Boulevard, which was opened today from E.K. Gaylord Blvd./Shields Blvd. to just east of Klein Ave. This final $27 million segment, completed within a year and a half, built the middle core sections of the new city street opens access to motorists from just west of Pennsylvania Ave. and the Dallas Junction of I-35/I-235. Drivers are cautioned that there will be temporary lane closures through September to complete final work needed on street lighting, traffic signals and landscaping.

After a rousing welcome to the event Monday by the OKC Thunder Drumline and Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Roy Williams, Gov. Kevin Stitt and Secretary of Transportation and Oklahoma Department of Transportation Executive Director Tim Gatz handed over the key for the new downtown gateway to Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt. Former Secretary of Transportation Neal McCaleb recalled the beginning of this historic project for the hundreds gathered to celebrate the official street opening... FULL ARTICLE

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