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Widening I-35 to be discussed at public meeting.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting for Feb. 18 to discuss the need for widening and improving Interstate 35 between the I-40 and I-44 junctions.

Homes are located close to the interstate on both sides of the highway, so widening I-35 in that area might require some land acquisition, transportation officials said. It's too early to know, however, because there are not yet any project designs, said Terri Angier, spokeswoman for the department.

It will be many years before the project gets built because it is not even on the state's eight-year construction plan, she said.

The five-mile stretch of I-35 that is being studied for improvement is the last section of interstate in the Oklahoma City metro area to be just four lanes wide in some areas, officials said.

Traffic is heavy and the condition of the pavement is not good, so improvements are needed, Angier said.

The meeting will give the public an opportunity to discuss possible improvements to the corridor. In addition to widening the interstate, changes could be made to four interchanges, 13 bridges and frontage roads, officials said.

The public meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Golf Course Event Center, 4001 Grand Blvd. in Oklahoma City. Additional meetings will be scheduled later as plans take shape.

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<strong>File: Traffic navigates the I-35 southbound exit off of west bound I-40 in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman archives]</strong>

File: Traffic navigates the I-35 southbound exit off of west bound I-40 in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman archives]

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-1d60bea1de122e26439926f943d3c6f8.jpg" alt="Photo - File: Traffic navigates the I-35 southbound exit off of west bound I-40 in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman archives] " title=" File: Traffic navigates the I-35 southbound exit off of west bound I-40 in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman archives] "><figcaption> File: Traffic navigates the I-35 southbound exit off of west bound I-40 in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman archives] </figcaption></figure>
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