Elk City's Diverging Diamond Interchange at I-40 & SH-6
Coming soon: Oklahoma's first DDI
In 2015, the existing twin bridges on SH-6 over I-40 were deemed structurally deficient, meaning the roadway is safe for travel but in dire need of repair. Starting in May 2019, ODOT began a project to demolish the existing SH-6 bridges over I-40 and replace them with a new type of interchange - a Diverging Diamond Interchange.
Watch: A step-by-step video of how to use a Diverging Diamond Interchange
Watch: See what I-40 and SH-6 will look like once the DDI is completed
Courtesy: CEC Corporation
(Edit: Plans are to also place stop lights on the ramps.)
Elk City is a growing community. Sitting along the famous "Mother Road" Route 66, the town experiences high traffic volumes on both I-40 and SH-6. The last survey completed in 2017 shows 8,500 vehicles travel SH-6 on average per day.
About the Project
Construction of Oklahoma's first Diverging Diamond Interchange began in May 2019 at I-40 and SH-6 in Elk City. The innovative design offers a proven solution for improving traffic flow and safety at the interchange.
- Reconstruct SH-6 and I-40 on-and-off-ramps.
- Construction is estimated to cost $16 million.
- Construction is expected to last about a year, with a substantial completion date of summer 2020, weather permitting.
About Diverging Diamond Interchanges
The definition of a Diverging Diamond Interchange: Two directions of traffic on the non-freeway road cross to the opposite sides of the bridge at the freeway.
- Currently, there are just under 100 DDIs nationwide.
- The first was constructed in Springfield, MO in 2009.
- DDIs create safer, less congested intersections.
- DDIs allow for fewer conflict (accident) points.
- DDIs give drivers better sight distance at turns.
- DDIs pedestrian crossings are shorter.
- DDIs aim to eliminate the left turn and thereby increase safety
- DDIs give "free-flowing" or simple left and right-hand turns from all directions.
- Wrong way entry to ramps become extremely difficult.
Traffic Impact During the Project
- I-40 and SH-6 will remain open to the traveling public.
- I-40 will be narrowed to one lane in each direction at times throughout the project.
- I-40 will have minimal ramp closures at SH-6.
- Crews will have minimal nighttime closures of I-40 and SH-6 to demolish the existing bridges.
During the project, drivers should use the following sources to stay connected about changing traffic conditions:
- ODOT's traffic advisories at http://ow.ly/3GMU30nwdjE
- ODOT's Twitter and Facebook accounts
- ODOT's app on the Apple and Android App Stores
Last Modified on 06/24/2020
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