I-235/US-77 and I-44
This was the view of the I-235/US-77 and I-44 interchange in early March 2020 and it will continue to change dramatically as reconstruction continues through fall 2021 to widen I-235/US-77 to six lanes at I-44.
Traffic Alert for Oct. 19, 2020 - updated
Eastbound I-44 closures at Kelley Ave. Monday night; expect significant lane shift Tuesday morning
The following closures will impact eastbound and westbound I-44 between Western Ave. (mm 126) and Kelley Ave. (mm 128B) from 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, to 6 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, to prepare the roadway for a significant traffic shift by the start of Tuesday morning rush-hour as part of the ongoing Off Broadway I-235/I-44 interchange project. The intermittent closures Monday night include:
- Eastbound and westbound I-44 will be narrowed to one lane in each direction between Western Ave. (mm 126) and Kelley Ave. (mm 128B);
- Eastbound I-44 on-ramps will be closed at Classen Blvd. (mm 125C) and Western Ave. (mm 126); and
- Northbound Lincoln Blvd. off-ramp will be closed to westbound I-44 and northbound US-77/Broadway Ext.
All westbound and eastbound I-44 traffic will be shifted to the eastbound lanes (to the south) by Tuesday morning and motorists should plan extra travel time and use extra caution in the area as traffic adjusts to the new configuration. Also as of Tuesday morning, eastbound I-44 motorists planning to exit at N. Lincoln Blvd. (mm 128) will need to stay in the far right lane beginning at Western Ave. as the off-ramp lane will be separated from through traffic.
I-235/I-44 interchange work continues through 2021; expect lane shifts and intermittent ramp closures
I-44 ramp to US-77/Broadway Ext. temporarily shifts closes
The westbound I-44 to northbound US-77/Broadway Ext. ramp has a temporary configuration with traffic shifted onto new pavement to the west of the existing ramp lane. While the alignment is generally the same, motorists will be shifted to the west and merge into northbound US-77 at a different point further to the north through winter 2020. Caution is urged for those exiting at N. 63rd St. as ramp traffic merges in this area.
Additional Traffic Impacts
New northbound I-235/US-77 ramp to westbound I-44 now OPEN
The following changes are now in place to exit from northbound I-235/US-77 to westbound I-44 with the September opening of the new flyover ramp:
- Drivers need to be in the right lane of northbound I-235 and exit at N. 50th St. (mm 50B). Once on the ramp, stay to the left to access the new, one-lane ramp to westbound I-44 (mm 44A).
- There is a limited merge area at the end of the ramp onto westbound I-44. Be prepared to stop and yield to mainline I-44 traffic. This area remains an active construction zone. Motorists are urged to use extra caution in the area while traffic adjusts to the new configuration.
- The existing loop ramp to westbound I-44, which was accessed on the north end of the interchange, is now closed and will be removed from service. (Shown on the map above in red.)
When complete, the I-235/I-44 interchange will be the first four-level interchange on the state highway system. The future eastbound I-44 flyover ramp to northbound US-77/Broadway Ext. is expected to open in fall 2020 while overall construction work continues on the $105 million Off Broadway project through fall 2021. Motorists are reminded to continue using their Off Broadway alternate routes such as I-35, SH-74/Lake Hefner Parkway, I-40, Lincoln Blvd. and Martin Luther King Ave.
The newly realigned northbound I-235 off-ramp to eastbound I-44 is shown in yellow in the above graphic.
The previous ramp exit shown in red is now closed. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area as traffic adjusts to the new configuration.
New I-235 ramp opened to eastbound I-44 in early June 2020
Motorists should be alert to the realignment of the northbound I-235 off-ramp to eastbound I-44, which is now open to traffic. Caution is advised in the area as motorists adjust to the new exit location, which is just to the north of N. 50th St. Additionally, eastbound I-44 remains narrowed to two lanes up to Kelley Ave. (mm 128B) and motorists are advised to use caution entering this area of the work zone.
Drivers are strongly cautioned to put away distractions and pay close attention as they navigate the work zone on I-235 and I-44.
Motorists are advised to plan ahead and use their Off Broadway alternate routes of I-35, I-40, SH-74/Lake Hefner Parkway and Martin Luther King Ave. to avoid the area.
Additional lane closures and traffic shifts will continue to occur throughout 2020 as lanes are added. The construction contract allows up to four additional complete interstate closures for a weekend each time — three for I-235 and one for I-44 at the interchange. Those closures will be announced as information becomes available.
Stay tuned to http://www.odot.org and to the department's Twitter and Facebook pages @OKDOT for updated lane closure information as the project progresses.
Alternate routes to I-235/US-77 include I-35, I-40, SH-74/Lake Hefner Parkway and Lincoln Blvd. Martin Luther King Ave. also is an option in partnership with the City of Oklahoma City.
This is how the I-235/US-77 and I-44 interchange looked prior to the latest phase of reconstruction starting in January 2019. Work will continue through spring 2021 to widen I-235/US-77 to six lanes at I-44.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
- This phase will widen I-235/US-77 to six lanes between N. 50th St. and N. 63rd St and will feature a four-level interchange, the first of its kind on the state highway system.
- This $105 million contract was awarded in December 2018 to Allen Contracting Inc. of Oklahoma City, making it at that time the largest, single dollar amount contract awarded in department history.
- There will be 11 bridges total constructed as part of this phase to reconstruct the I-235/US-77 and I-44 interchange, which includes building two new flyover ramps to move traffic more efficiently from northbound I-235 to westbound I-44 and from eastbound I-44 to northbound I-235/US-77/Broadway Ext.
- Once the flyover ramps are constructed, the two cloverleaf ramps for those movements will be eliminated. The cloverleaf ramps for westbound I-44 on-ramp to southbound I-235 and southbound I-235 off-ramp to eastbound I-44 will be widened and reconstructed. These ramps will have an up to 10-day closure later in the project.
- The contract allows for an up to 45-day closure of the northbound I-235/US-77/Broadway Ext. off-ramp to N. 63rd St. later in the project.
- Click here to read the project launch press release.
Work on the new flyover ramp bridge piers continues along I-235 at the I-44 interchange in late 2019.
STAY UP TO DATE
- Motorists may follow @OKDOT on Twitter and Facebook for regular traffic updates.
- Check interstate conditions before you hit the road at www.oktraffic.org.
- Sign up at www.odot.org for daily metro area traffic advisories direct to your email. Look for the blue box on the home page, enter your email address and select your areas of interest.
- Traffic advisories and interstate conditions also can be found in ODOT's mobile app for iPhone and Android.
- Reconstruction of westbound I-44 ramp to northbound I-235/US-77 and addition of a direct connect from N. Lincoln Blvd. to US-77/Broadway Ext. is estimated at $16.8 million and currently scheduled for award in late 2022 and for construction in early 2023.
This graphic shows the sequence of the seven phases needed to reconstruct and widen I-235/US-77 at I-44. The phase that started in spring 2019 is shown in red and orange. The pink phase is scheduled for award in late 2022.
- 2011 — Southbound US-77 ramp to westbound I-44 at $19.2 million. Shown on map above in yellow.
- 2013 — I-44 eastbound to I-235 southbound ramp at the I-235/I-44 interchange at $10 million. Shown on map above in light blue.
- 2017 — I-235 between N. 36th St. and I-44, which includes the installation of the 4-million pound BNSF railroad bridge. This $88 million phase is shown on the map above in green and dark blue. Learn more about this phase at https://www.ok.gov/odot/OFF_Broadway_and_I-235.html
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