A major construction project on Interstate 35 just south of Ardmore is expected to cause some delays for drivers.

 


A major construction project on Interstate 35 just south of Ardmore is expected to cause some delays for drivers.


Oklahoma Department of Transportation resident engineer Mark Zishka said the project is funded with both federal and state dollars and is projected to cost $21 million. Contractors will completely rebuild 2 1/2 miles of highway in both the northbound and southbound lanes. Zishka said it was the first time that section of roadway has ever been replaced.


The construction should be substantially completed by Thanksgiving, although Zishka said all four lanes will be open to traffic during OU-Texas weekend. Two bridges over Myall Road will also be replaced.


Zishka said southbound traffic will be diverted to the northbound lanes starting today. Southbound traffic will be unable to enter or exit I-35 at Exit 29.


“Drivers may want to use U.S. Highway 77 as a detour route on Friday and Sunday afternoons when traffic is heaviest,” he said.


The speed limit in the construction zone will be 60 mph, and drivers are reminded to be especially careful when workers are in the area.