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Start of IDL work closes lanes today

Start of IDL work closes lanes today

 

Tulsa World
by: Staff reports
Monday, July 20, 2009
7/20/2009 4:50:29 AM

Beginning Monday morning, two portions of Interstate 244 on the Inner Dispersal Loop downtown will be closed as part of an 18-month, $75 million repaving project.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation will close the southbound lanes of the Inner Dispersal Loop's west leg and the westbound lanes of its north leg as contractors begin a paving project that includes three miles of highway and some 40 bridges.

The project stretches from I-244's bridge over U.S. 75 at the northeast corner of downtown, west and south to the Arkansas River.

Traffic normally carried by those roads will be diverted to the southbound lanes of the loop's east leg and the westbound lanes of the loop's south leg. Crews recently patched potholes along those stretches of highway, which will likely see increased traffic because of the detour.

Currently, the IDL carries about 62,000 vehicles a day.

The lane closures will likely last for six to seven months, the department said. Afterward, contractors will repave the northbound lanes of the IDL's west leg and the eastbound lanes of its north leg.

For more information, go to tulsaworld.com/IDL .

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