I-35 narrows between Thackerville and Marietta weekly beginning Tuesday, July 6
This project is weather permitting:
Drivers should be alert to weekly lane closures on north and southbound I-35 about four miles north of SH-153 (mm 9) between Thackerville and Marietta in Love County beginning Tuesday, July 6, for the first phase of a project to reconstruct the E. 2180 Rd./Burkhart Rd. bridge over the interstate. The bridge was built in 1962 and is rated functionally obsolete. In addition to its deteriorated condition, the structure is too narrow for modern traffic.
During this first phase of the project, I-35 will be narrowed to one lane in each direction at this location weekly Monday morning until noon Friday each week through early August for construction of the temporary median crossover for traffic. All lanes will be open each Friday afternoon through Sunday night.
Later phases will require I-35 to remain narrowed to one lane in each direction for an extended period of time, as well as requiring closure of the E. 2180 Rd./Burkhart Rd. bridge over I-35, for demolition and reconstruction of the structure. The work zone will also overlap with another upcoming I-35 project to reconstruct the bridges over US-77 and the BNSF Railway that is expected to go to bid this summer.
Additional advisories will be sent as work progresses. The project is expected to be completed in early spring 2022.
The Oklahoma Transportation Commission awarded the $3 million contract for this work to C3 Construction, of Ada.
Drivers can expect lengthy delays and traffic backups along the I-35 corridor due to several construction projects and should consider using an alternate route, such as US-81 to the west or US-69/75 to the east. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead by checking current traffic conditions on the free Drive Oklahoma mobile app or by visiting https://www.oktraffic.org.
For more information on current I-35 corridor construction, alternate routes and other traveler's resources, visit https://oklahoma.gov/odot/citizen/major-projects/ongoing-projects/i-35-corridor-projects.html