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Major construction projects start today

Posted at 5:37 PM, Jan 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 14:33:37-05

TULSA, OK (KJRH) — As the holiday season comes to a close and commuters head back to work, those traveling in to downtown Tulsa will be running into some unfortunate traffic.

ODOT says it will take at least a year to replace all the pavement on the south inner dispersal loop. It’s one of two projects that are overdue, but will still create headaches on the morning of January 2.

"Unfortunately, drivers are going to be inconvenienced for about the next year going in and out of downtown," ODOT Spokesperson Kenna Mitchell said.

It's a $25 million project, and for the first couple days back to work in the new year, ODOT suggests leaving 15 to 30 minutes early, and planning ahead to avoid travel headaches.

"We certainly expect [January 2] with the first closures on the south leg in the westbound direction starting before morning rush hour, that we’re going to have some folks that are going to have to learn this detour on the fly," Mitchell said.

There will also be a three-month project beginning at the US-64 bridge over the Arkansas River, bringing traffic to one lane and creating serious delays without any nearby alternate routes.

ODOT urges with all construction to pay attention, and avoid creating any further delays.

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