TULSA - South Tulsa drivers will encounter Tulsa's newest construction project Monday evening.
Beginning at 8 p.m. the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority will begin placing barrels and moving dirt in preparation for the Creek Turnpike from Highway 75 to Memorial.
Crews are expanding the roadway from four to six lanes.
Jack Damrill, OTA spokesperson, says during rush hour the stretch of road is too congested to be considered safe, and as more businesses develop along that area the congestion will only get worse.
OTA officials say nearly 60,000 vehicles travel that stretch of road each day.
The entire project is expected to last about a year.
OTA officials say they will try to keep lanes open in both directions but traffic will occasionally be narrowed to one lane for short periods of time.
The speed limit will drop to 55 miles-per-hour in the construction zone.
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