The Oklahoma Department of Transportation reports that the Triple X. Rd. bridge over I-40 in nearby Oklahoma County was closed to through traffic Monday in preparation for its removal on Feb. 16 and replacement. It is expected to reopen in 2019.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation reports that the Triple X. Rd. bridge over I-40 in nearby Oklahoma County was closed to through traffic Monday in preparation for its removal on Feb. 16 and replacement. It is expected to reopen in 2019.

Eastbound and westbound I-40 will be closed between Choctaw Road (mm 166) and Harrah Newalla Rd. (mm 172) from 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, to 6 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, and again from 8 p.m. Feb. 17 to 6 a.m. Feb. 18 for removal of the Triple X Rd. bridge over the interstate as part of ongoing highway reconstruction and widening.

The following detours (see attached map) will be in place for interstate traffic from 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, to 6 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, and again from 8 p.m. Feb. 17 to 6 a.m. Feb. 18:

Eastbound I-40

Eastbound I-40 traffic will be detoured north on I-35 (mm 153), east on US-62 (N.E. 23rd St.) in Oklahoma City, south on SH-102 and back to I-40 near McLoud in Pottawatomie County.

Eastbound I-40 traffic coming from the south will be detoured east on SH-9 in Norman, north on SH-102 and back to I-40 near Bethel Acres in Pottawatomie County.

Westbound I-40

Westbound I-40 traffic will be detoured north on SH-102 (mm 176) near McLoud, west on US-62 and south on I-35 back to I-40 in Oklahoma City.

This bridge removal is part of an up to $75 million I-40 widening project that includes the reconstruction of the I-40 and Choctaw Rd. interchange (mm 166). I-40 will be widened to six lanes plus auxiliary lanes between I-240 (mm 165) and Peebly Rd. (mm 169). This more than two-year project was awarded in October 2017 to Duit Construction Co. Inc. of Edmond.