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I-235 closure delayed a week

An anticipated closure of I-235 has been pushed back a week. [Dave Morris/The Oklahoman]
An anticipated closure of I-235 has been pushed back a week. [Dave Morris/The Oklahoman]

Plans to close a section of Interstate 235 in north Oklahoma City this weekend are being pushed back a week, state transportation officials announced Wednesday.

Officials previously had announced plans to close I-235 at the I-44 interchange this weekend, but the highway contractor has requested a delay due to weather issues and a need for more to time to receive bridge beam deliveries, officials said.

Weather permitting, the new plan is to close I-235 at the interchange the following weekend, beginning 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. The interstate is expected to reopen no later than 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3.

Safety concerns make it necessary to close the interstate while bridge beams are being installed.

Up to four additional full closures of the interstate are expected this year as new bridges are constructed over I-235 and I-44.

Motorists can expect I-235 to remain open with two lanes in each direction during peak commute times, but the interchange will remain an active work zone between N. 50th Street and N. 63rd Street through early 2021, transportation officials said. They are encouraging drivers to use alternate routes.

Randy Ellis

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