ODOT plans to resurface I-40 in advance of Douglas Blvd. interchange project
By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
More roadwork is on tap for Interstate 40 in Midwest City.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation announced plans to resurface I-40 from west of Hudiburg Dr. to east of Douglas Blvd. The $4 million project was awarded to Silver Star Construction at the
June 6 meeting of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Commission.
The project is designed to extend the life of the pavement until work begins on the new I-40 and Douglas Blvd. interchange. The interchange project includes reconstruction of the existing interchange, widening five miles of I-40 between Douglas and I-240, vertical clearance improvements for the Anderson and Westminster road bridges and demolition of the Engle Rd. bridge.
The I-40 repaving project is expected to begin in late summer, but a date has not yet been set. The project is expected to take 5 months to complete. ODOT is planning similar resurfacing projects along I-35 in Edmond and between Norman and Goldsby.
The Douglas interchange project is expected to begin in early 2023. The project was not expected to begin for several years, but it was expedited with the help of federal grants.
ODOT officials also announced plans for bridge deck repairs on the I-40 bridge over Sunnylane Rd. The bridge has received additional wear and tear due to lane shifts with the ongoing work on I-40. Crews have patched potholes and repaired pavement, but a more permanent fix is needed, said Lisa Salim, ODOT spokesperson.
“We would call this a heavy maintenance project and it could last for up to a month, depending on conditions,” Salim said. “That should give drivers an improved surface until a full reconstruction of Sunnylane occurs.”
Manhattan Road and Bridge Company, the contractor for the current I-40 bridge project, will oversee the Sunnylane bridge repairs. They are expected to begin the repairs this summer after the new westbound lanes are completed and traffic is shifted over.