I-35 Opens All Lanes for OU/Texas


10-5-05 - Northbound and southbound I-35 is currently open to two lanes each direction and will remain completely open through this weekend for the OU vs. Texas football game in Dallas.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has relied on lane rental special provision terms in its construction contracts for years to complete work before such heavily traveled weekends as the Red River Rivalry and Thanksgiving.

Starting Monday, October 10 until Tuesday, November 22, southbound I-35 will narrow to one lane from exit 1 to the Red River Bridge (1.5 miles) for pavement reconstruction. This work will cease before the Thanksgiving holiday to facilitate holiday travel on I-35.

Motorists should still allow extra time on their I-35 travel this weekend or choose an alternate route on either US-81 or US-75/US-69. Even though all lanes are expected to be open, motorists should be aware of the heavy traffic expected with the football game and the Texas State Fair also being held in Dallas.

Various lane closures will occur after OU/Texas weekend and continue until the end of 2005. In January 2006, construction will commence in the construction zone just north of the Red River, narrowing I-35 to one lane in both directions until its completion in Fall 2006.

I-35 Detours in Southern Oklahoma

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For Texas road construction and conditions, motorists can reach the Texas Department of Transportation at 1-800-452-9292.

National traffic and road closure information can be obtained via the Federal Highway Administration Web site or by calling the FHWA Office of Public Affairs at (202) 366-0660.

For emergencies on Oklahoma highways, the Highway Patrol can be reached by dialing 911 or *55 from a mobile phone.


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