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    The study limits are from 2nd st. To memorial, IIRC. It is a now planned construction project and scheduled to start in 2024. Edmond is looking at ways of expediting that.

    I’m hoping Stitt has a plan to make good on his word that he was going to get serious of roads and bridges in Oklahoma. Hopefully more revenue is found for ODOT so some of these projects can be expedited.

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    That's great. The 2 way access roads are just dangerous for people who aren't used to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugofbeer View Post
    That's great. The 2 way access roads are just dangerous for people who aren't used to them.
    I agree. In addition to that, they will also realign portions of the service, rebuild and redesign the freeway ramps, and add Texas turnarounds at major roads.

    BTW, I made a mistake. The planned construction start is 2026, not 2024.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plutonic Panda View Post
    OkDOT has stated numerous times they plan on widening I-35 corridor in North OKC metro. This is shown in press releases and plan sheets for construction projects they have in their 8 year plan that are built to make a widening easier. They wouldn’t be doing this if they had no such plans.

    The best example is the I-35/Waterloo interchange where they specify the I-35 bridge over Waterloo will be re-built with oversized shoulders to allow for an expansion of 3 lanes in each direction. The Seward St. interchange was built to allow an easy additional lane in each direction.

    In addition to all of this, OkDOT also study further capacity additions to I-35 in Edmond which they haven’t ruled out a widening of the current six lane freeway. Generally when a project like this is introduced you’ll hear they specially will point we won’t add lanes at x. TxDOT is already planning a widening of I-35 with a mix of 6-8 lanes a mile into Oklahoma which that project will be starting in the earl 2020s.

    So part of that is my assumption based on the high growth along the I-35 corridor, the growing OKC metro, and the fact there is proof OkDOT has plans to widen I-35 extending north of Waterloo. I suspect we will see I-35 widened to Waterloo and quite possibly Guthrie within the next 10 years and Stillwater in 15-20.

    As crazy as it might seem to some, I-35 being minimum of six lanes from Stillwater to Dallas is more than likely going to happen by 2045. Mark my words. If OKC explodes like other cities have, it could be much sooner.
    Interesting, thanks for the reply. I can definitely see six lanes all the way to Guthrie. But north of Guthrie traffic usually thins out a lot so that's why I was asking.

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    In a perfect world, I'd love to see it 6 lanes to Dallas. Traffic certainly warrants it and Texas is well underway to 6 laning it throughout the state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lafferty Daniel View Post
    Interesting, thanks for the reply. I can definitely see six lanes all the way to Guthrie. But north of Guthrie traffic usually thins out a lot so that's why I was asking.
    No problem. I don’t have any insider knowledge or anything. Time will tell what happens .

    I hear you. I bet it’ll be awhile before anything happens. The next work on that corridor will be the Waterloo interchange which I believe begins in 2021 or so. It’s possible they will expedite it should funds allow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugofbeer View Post
    In a perfect world, I'd love to see it 6 lanes to Dallas. Traffic certainly warrants it and Texas is well underway to 6 laning it throughout the state.
    Agree. And with 35 being such a major north/south trucking corridor too. Lots of trucking comes out of Dallas warehousing heading north, plus the Mexico trade uses this corridor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugofbeer View Post
    In a perfect world, I'd love to see it 6 lanes to Dallas. Traffic certainly warrants it and Texas is well underway to 6 laning it throughout the state.
    I think this has to be coming at some point. They've (TPA) about making the Turner 6-lanes all the way between OKC and Tulsa due to increased truck traffic from the new Panama Canal moving a lot of cargo from the west coast to Houston. I've always thought it was weird to widen the Turner before I-35 if the reason was trucks from Texas.

    Meanwhile ODOT still thinks it is okay to narrow I-35 to 2-lanes for years to replace bridges instead of paying a little extra for offset alignment construction that would allow 4-lane throughout construction.

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    OkDOT will award the design contract for the I-35 service road modification project at its Sep. commission meeting. All in all this will be a pretty big deal for this area and should be excellent for more efficient traffic flow. I still wish they would add two bridges at the half miles or at least one between Fox Lake and Integris.

    As a reminder this project will convert the service roads to one way, add Texas turnarounds at every intersection, and add geometry tweaks to the access ramps. I suspect it will be a multi-year project. It seemed they were also studying capacity improvements to I-35 in Edmond as well.

    The commission will be asked to consider approval of a $1.5 million engineering contract to design modifications to the I-35 service roads between Memorial Rd. and US-77/SH-66/2nd St. in Edmond.
    - https://www.ok.gov/triton/modules/ne...ticle_id=53937

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    The faster this happens the better. We are in this area near daily sometimes. One way service roads with Texas turnarounds would be a huge benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OKC Guy View Post
    Agree. And with 35 being such a major north/south trucking corridor too. Lots of trucking comes out of Dallas warehousing heading north, plus the Mexico trade uses this corridor.
    There should be a requirement to be able to maintain current road infrastructure before expanding more lanes/roads. I'm tired of driving roads with huge potholes. It's like driving in a war zone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleChicken View Post
    There should be a requirement to be able to maintain current road infrastructure before expanding more lanes/roads. I'm tired of driving roads with huge potholes. It's like driving in a war zone.
    Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lafferty Daniel View Post
    Interesting, thanks for the reply. I can definitely see six lanes all the way to Guthrie. But north of Guthrie traffic usually thins out a lot so that's why I was asking.
    Yeah, I guess usually, but I bet the traffic picks up a lot north of Guthrie on Fridays from OSU college students and townies wanting to get the heck out of Stillwater to go to OKC. But then come to think of it, people on the east side take Highway 33 to Guthrie, so that helps make it less important for I-35 to expand to 6 lanes north of Guthrie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianinok View Post
    The faster this happens the better. We are in this area near daily sometimes. One way service roads with Texas turnarounds would be a huge benefit.
    OkDOT will release an updated version of the 8yr plan this next week. I suspect it will be the early 2020s this happens.

    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleChicken View Post
    There should be a requirement to be able to maintain current road infrastructure before expanding more lanes/roads. I'm tired of driving roads with huge potholes. It's like driving in a war zone.
    I disagree with this mentality.

    1. If we stopped all expansion until every inch of road was rated A there wouldn't be enough money to expand or improve our services.

    2. This isn't theoretically an expansion by additional infrastructure or wider freeways. This is a capacity expansion by more efficient road design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plutonic Panda View Post
    OkDOT will release an updated version of the 8yr plan this next week. I suspect it will be the early 2020s this happens.
    Whelp I was wrong on both of these things. The new 8 yr plan won't be officially released until October and this project isn't scheduled to go for bid until 2026. Hopefully it gets pushed forward but knowing OkDOT I doubt it.

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