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Tulsa's IDL is about to get $66 million in repairs

Tulsa's IDL is about to get $66 million in repairs

This article first appeared on KJRH, News Channel 2 in Tulsa.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is preparing to take on its largest single contract in state history, and it's in the heart of Tulsa.

The IDL, near downtown, is getting a $66-million makeover.  It is paid for with stimulus money.

The north and west legs will shut down entirely while parts of the road are smoothed out.

The south and east legs will carry all of the traffic while construction goes on.

Crews will start work on the project in 4 to 6 weeks, and will redo about 23 lane miles of road.

Repairing the IDL in Tulsa has been on the wish list for drivers and ODOT for a long time.

"We probably log over 1-million miles a year."

Darrel Noble is in charge of 47 drivers at Borden Dairy.
He's heard about plans to make the highways that surround the business better.

"That's great news for us, we'd love to see that happen," said Noble.

Business leaders are willing to navigate the cones for about a year and a half for the end product.

About 40 of the bridge decks will be replaced, but first, ODOT has to repair parts of the highway, before it can get into the major fix.

Crews will start by patching and stabilizing the south and east legs that will handle all the traffic, while the west and north legs get the overhaul.

"It will be a lot smoother. It should be something that will last another 40 years again. We are excited for the opportunity to actually go in and fix these bridges.  We never dreamed it would be possible all at one time," said ODOT's Paul Green.

ODOT is offering crews incentive to finish early.  They will likely be paid $15,000 a day for up to 125 days.

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