Stuck in traffic: How long will construction on Tulsa area roads and highways continue

4 projects under way at cost of $155.7 million

TULSA - T-Town is known for many things -- good music, unique art deco and of course the Golden Driller. 

But another symbol is beginning to take over.

"Cones and barrels everywhere!," said one Tulsa driver.
 
Construction is staking its claim on Tulsa, leaving drivers frustrated and confused.

"It's always a new day with new stuff going on you never know," said David Zeeliff.

We hit the road to find some of the worst construction zones that are likely to add time to your summer plans.

We started with city streets.

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"Between now and September we anticipate having 17 arterial streets projects under way, affecting about 39 locations for a total value around $50 million this summer," said Henry Som de Cerff, design engineering manager for the City of Tulsa.  

Som de Cerff said there are three major projects likely to cause drivers problems:

Yale Avenue, between 61st and 71st Streets
The city is working with the county to widen this stretch of road to six lanes. Expect lane closures all summer.

61st Street, from Riverside Drive to Rockford
Crews are widening the road and installing a new storm sewer. Lanes are narrowed for now, but later this summer, traffic won't be allowed through from Riverside to Peoria on 61st Street.

In Downtown Tulsa, construction on the 10th and Elgin roundabout will continue all summer with various closures. Construction should wrap up by late August or early September.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation currently has four major projects under way this summer.

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I-244 between Memorial and I-44

What: Crews are replacing six bridge decks and four miles of pavement
Started: February 2012
Scheduled completion: Late Spring 2013
Cost: $35 million

I-44 Riverside/Peoria

What: Currently working on new section of Peoria Ave., new highway lanes/bridges from Riverside to Peoria.  
Reduced speeds in this corridor
Started: March 2011
Scheduled completion: Early 2013
Cost: $40 million

Traffic along I-44 near Peoria should move along fine this summer, but below at the intersections drivers can expect narrow lanes and some closures as crews make safety improvements.

I-244/ Arkansas River Bridge

What: Currently working on substructure and steel beam installation in several areas.
Westbound US-64/SH-51 off ramp to Eastbound I-244/Westbound US-64/SH-51 - ramp closed
Southbound US-75/Westbound US-64/SH-51 off ramp to Westbound I-244/Southbound US-75 - ramp closed
Started: May 2011
Scheduled completion: Mid 2013
Cost: $78 million

US-64/SH-51 (B.A. Expressway) near Yale Avenue

What: Crews are replacing three bridge decks. Traffic is narrowed to just one lane in each direction in this area.
Started: April 2012
Scheduled completion: Late 2012
Cost: $2.7 million

The City of Tulsa and ODOT are in constant communication, with quarterly meetings to make sure projects don't overlap. But officials say, while funding is available, crews will be working on multiple projects at one time.

"There is a huge amount of need and if we did one project at a time we would get farther behind than we are now," said Kenna Mitchell, spokesperson for ODOT.

Something else to keep in mind while traveling through Tulsa this summer:  Watch out for construction zones.  Law enforcement officials are heavily patrolling work zones.

"We've got officers and troopers on motorcycles in an attempt to get people to slow down," said Lt. George Brown with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is also working on several projects across the state including the Creek Turnpike widening project that began in May and is expected to last one year.

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