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Norman I-35 Aesthetics

Norman I-35 Aesthetics

The Norman Transcript
Published October 09, 2009 12:15 am - In a few spots around the state, our interstate highways and turnpikes are beginning to take on an Oklahoma identity. There are Indian shields on some bridges, horses on the new Rock Creek Road overpass and some other designs unique to an area.

Highways can be artistic and make Norman stand out

In a few spots around the state, our interstate highways and turnpikes are beginning to take on an Oklahoma identity. There are Indian shields on some bridges, horses on the new Rock Creek Road overpass and some other designs unique to an area.


The Interstate 35 widening work and bridge replacement going on through Norman presents an opportunity to make a consistent "visual impact." Mayor Cindy Rosenthal calls it a "once in a lifetime opportunity."

We hope taxpayers don't have to rebuild the interstate again in less than a generation. (It may take our kids that long to pay for this upgrade).

The state wants to tie the corridor through Norman together and will be holding a public meeting 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at City Hall, 201 W. Gray St. Potential designs and themes for the bridges, wing walls, piers and planter walls will be presented by a consultant hired by the state.

The consultant has collaborated with Norman community members to develop themes that represent the city's history. Those results will be shared during the meeting.

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