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State approves contract for I-35 frontage roads

State approves contract for I-35 frontage roads

Work goes to bid in 2026

The Edmond Sun
BY JAMES COBURN
9/10/19

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved the contract to re-do the U.S. Interstate 35 frontage roads in Edmond. Tuesday’s vote was 7-0.

“This is the next step in a lengthy process, but significant in that work will now begin to design a future construction project, which is currently scheduled for fiscal year 2026 in the Eight-Year Construction Work Plan at an estimated $20 million,” said Lisa Salim, ODOT spokeswoman.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation wants to improve existing two-way frontage roads; convert them to one-way frontage roads south of Second Street to Memorial Road. Construction will include what is commonly known as Texas Turnarounds which would be additional single lane structures that would be added to the existing bridges on the interstate.

“These turnarounds would be signal free,” City Manager Larry Stevens said in April. “It would actually result in reduced access time for traffic that’s moving from one direction on the interstate to a location on the opposite side.” FULL ARTICLE

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