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ODOT officials say Lindsey exit on I-35 to remain

ODOT officials say Lindsey exit on I-35 to remain

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ODOT officials say Lindsey exit on I-35 to remain

March 2, 2009

NORMAN (AP) – A key exit that links Interstate 35 to the University of Oklahoma will remain open after the road is upgraded, Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials said.

At a third public hearing concerning construction along I-35, officials said the upgrade will include the existing exit at Lindsey Street.

The possibility the exit might be removed as part of the construction process – as had been the case in an earlier design plan – had concerned some residents.

“We got lots of comments,” said Duane Cranz of the Benham Group, the company that is doing consulting work for ODOT on the project. He said most of the comments received from an earlier public hearing indicated “everyone wants the Lindsey ramps to stay.”

He said every design for the upgrade project now includes exit ramps at Lindsey.

“They are going to be a part of whatever new design we pick,” Cranz said.

“Of all the comments we’ve received, the idea probably should be enough. You can put away your spears and daggers.”

Local officials, including Mayor Cindy Rosenthal and state Rep. Scott Martin, R-Norman, said they appreciated ODOT’s response to the concern of citizens about the Lindsey exit.

“It appears they listened,” Martin said. “And while the original Lindsey Street concept should have never been in there in the first place, that’s OK, because I believe they’ve learned from their mistake.”

When that phase of the upgrade project is finished, I-35 will be expanded from four to six lanes from one-half mile north of Main Street in Norman, going south for 2.13 miles.

Another phase of I-35 expansion is now under way on a 4.6-mile stretch from Indian Hill Road in north Norman to one-half mile north of Main. Plans call for the highway to eventually be six lanes from Indian Hills Road to a bridge at State Highway 9 in south Norman.

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