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I-35 could be 6-lanes from Thackerville to OKC, ODOT says


By Caroline Cluiss-Fletcher

September 25, 2023

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - From resurfacing projects to barrier wall installations, I-35 has had lots of construction in the past few years- and it doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is considering a major project to add lanes from the Red River to the Oklahoma River. “This is the most traveled highway in the state,” local truck driver Ricky Elsy said. “So it’s jammed up everywhere.” O-DOT Chief Engineer Brian Taylor said the data shows the state is growing, and traffic is guaranteed to get worse in the coming years. “i-35 is important for many reasons, but certainly the traffic volume that we’re seeing between 50 thousand all the way up to 150 thousand,” Taylor said. Taylor said Texas and Oklahoma alternate for projects on the bridges shared by the states. “This particular project at the Texas state line is two bridges, so each one of us has one of those bridges, and we went together we put in for a grant and we were successful,” Taylor said.

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