City of Tulsa closes part of South Sheridan for $1.5 mil. street project.

TULSA -- The City of Tulsa closes a section of South Sheridan for a $1.5 million street project.

Amy Oglesbee said rush hour on South Sheridan is unbearable. She’s one of nearly 21,000 drivers a day that a stretch of Sheridan that is now closed for construction.

"It takes 20 to 30 minutes sometimes just once you figure out, oh I've got to go through here, then you've set through 3 or 4 multiple lights and that just seems like it takes forever,” said Oglesbee.

Work crews have shut down southbound Sheridan between 81st and 91st

"We had to close one direction or the other because it's just a 2 lane road and so the fire department wanted access northbound at all times,” said City of Tulsa Field Engineering Manager Britt Vance

Officials said the improvements will make the road safer for drivers.

"It'll be the same road with new surfaces, it'll have some ditch work done and basically be a little bit wider,” said Vance.

Some nearby businesses are worried the construction will turn customers away.

"That is going to make an impact on our business especially after the holiday season,” said Siegi's Butcher Matthew Hibbs.

Ogelsbee said she wishes the city could find a different way to make the project work.

"If this is such a priority that you feel the money needs to be spent to be fixed then you need to get it fixed in the best way that serves the citizens of Tulsa,” said Oglesbee.

City officials said they expect the project to be finished by next March.

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