I-35 construction hinders traffic flow

By: Alex Belser Email
By: Alex Belser Email

LOVE COUNTY, OK-Narrower lanes are causing traffic some at the Marietta exit on I-35 and crews are also adding special new barriers designed to stop a deadly accidents that law enforcement said are all too common. Alex Belser has details.
Drivers in Marietta have been noticing some changes.

"You have to pull up all the way off the interstate just to turn."

"A little hard to figure your way through there."

All traffic is now forced to use one side of the interstate and underneath cones are in place along Highway 32 as crews build a new overpass.

"The bridges at that location are very narrow for interstate traffic they're functionally obsolete, " said ODOT's Jay Earp.

"It's pretty old bridge there's been a lot of accidents on it, hunks of concrete missing out of it," said driver, Clay Pickens.

ODOT offered the contractor a bonus to try to make sure they finish before OU football fans take I-35 to the game against Texas in October. Another project, installing metal barriers in the median in Ardmore.

ODOT said they're putting these up around the state, especially where the median is narrow, to prevent crossover wrecks.

"Some cars will have a glancing blow on the cable barrier and they're able to drive off and we don't even know who even hits the posts."

Crews are also putting in bridges here on Highway 77 at Hickory Creek in Love County shutting down the road there, as well as on Highway 32 at Coffeepot creek near Rubottom and Highway 77 just south of Wynnewood.

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