North of N.W. 164th St. to N.W. 206th St. (Covell Rd.)
This new section of SH-74 between Memorial Rd. and N.W. 164th St. gives a glimpse of what the final segment to be widened will look like when complete. Work began in spring 2018 to widen SH-74 to four lanes between N.W. 164th St. and N.W. 206th St. (Covell Rd.).
Drivers should be alert to the following traffic impacts as part of an ongoing widening project:
- North and southbound SH-74 lanes are temporarily shifted between N.W. 164th and N.W. 178th St. through late spring 2019.
- Motorists can expect intermittent delays and congestion as the project continues through summer 2019.
- ODOT strongly urges motorists to find alternate routes such as I-35 to help alleviate congestion.
- Check www.oktraffic.org for real-time highway conditions or sign up for advisories to come to your email at www.odot.org.
- This is the last project needed to reconstruct and widen SH-74 (Portland Ave.) to a four-lane divided highway from just north of Memorial Rd. to just north of Waterloo Rd. (Oklahoma/Logan county line).
- Awarded at the December 2017 commission meeting, the reconstruction and widening of SH-74 begins just north of N.W. 164th St. and extend to N.W. 206th St. (Covell Rd.).
- The project reconstructs SH-74 intersections at:
- N.W. 178th St. (Edmond Rd.) in Oklahoma City;
- N.W. 192nd St. (Danforth Rd.) in Oklahoma City; and
- N.W. 206th St. (Covell Rd.) in Oklahoma County
- Estimated cost: up to $22 million including possible financial incentives for early completion.
- Contract was awarded to T.J. Campbell Construction Company of Oklahoma City and is expected to take about 1.5 years to construct.
- Work began in February 2018 and is expected to complete by summer 2019.
- More than 21,000 vehicles a day travel the southern half of the corridor, on average.
- Since 2000, the department has invested about $136 million to widen the corridor to accommodate growth and development in this northwest portion of Oklahoma City. This includes right-of-way, utility relocation and construction costs.
During construction of SH-74 between Memorial Rd. and N.W. 164th St., traffic could be seen on the existing lanes of SH-74, at right. The new corridor alignment shifted traffic to the west into a four-lane divided highway with one-way service roads.
These projects were part of the widening and reconstruction of SH-74:
- 2015 — North of Memorial Rd. to north of N.W. 164th St., about $34 million and opened to traffic in summer 2016;
- 2013 — SH-74 interim traffic improvement project to add dedicated right turn lanes at N.W. 150th St. and N.W. 164th St. and on northbound SH-74 at N.W. 178th St. (Edmond Rd.) to improve safety and alleviate congestion, about $2.6 million;
- 2008 — N.W. 206th St. (Covell Rd.) to north of Sorghum Mill Rd., about $17.4 million; and
- 2005 — N.W. 234th St. (Sorghum Mill Rd.) to Waterloo Rd. widened to a five-lane undivided highway, about $4 million.
- 2001 — Intersection modification and addition of traffic signals between N.W. 178th St. (Edmond Rd.) and N.W. 206th St. (Covell Rd.), about $1.2 million.
TO LEARN more about the Dec. 4, 2017, contract award, read the press release here.
Last Modified on 04/25/2019
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