I-40 wrong way detection program installation begins Monday in Western Oklahoma
This project is weather permitting:
Eastbound and westbound I-40 will have short-term ramp closures and will be intermittently narrowed at interchanges between the Texas state line and Yukon from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily starting Monday for the installation of wrong way warning systems, pavement markers, signage and upgraded striping at interchanges along the western half of I-40.
This more than $4 million project is part of a wrong way counter measure pilot program. In total, 49 interchanges along I-40 in Western Oklahoma will receive safety upgrades including upgraded wrong way signs, raised pavement markers that show red if a vehicle is traveling the wrong way and updated striping on ramps and mainline I-40.
Wrong way warning systems featuring internally lit Do Not Enter signage that can be seen better at night as well as a thermal camera system that activates flashing lights to warn motorists that they are traveling the wrong way will be installed at 10 locations along I-40, including:
- I-40 Business in Erick at mm 11,
- Clinton Lake Rd. at mm 50,
- Stafford Rd. at mm 57,
- Neptune at exit 65A,
- I-40 Business in Clinton at exit 69,
- Custer City Rd. at mm 71,
- I-40 Business in Weatherford at mm 82,
- SH-58 in Hydro at mm 88,
- Bethel Rd. at mm 95, and
- US-81 in El Reno at mm 125.
This is the third project to be awarded in Oklahoma with the first installation occurring in early 2022 along I-40 between Oklahoma County and the Arkansas state line. A second project is underway along the northern I-35 corridor between Oklahoma County and the Kansas state line.
This project was awarded in November 2022 by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission to Action Safety Supply Co. LLC of Oklahoma City. Work is expected to complete by summer 2023, weather permitting.