Eastbound and westbound I-40 was scheduled to be closed between Choctaw Road (mm 166) and Harrah Newalla Rd. (mm 172) from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, where bridge demolition began Friday night. The closure is possible again from 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday for demolition with cranes and wrecking balls of the Triple X Rd. bridge over the interstate as part of ongoing highway reconstruction and widening.
Nearly 20 portable message boards will be in place along the route to help direct traffic off I-40 and I-240. The following I-40 detours will be in place for interstate traffic:
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 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.
Other westbound I-40 detour options include US-177 (mm 181) to westbound US-62 or SH-270/Harrah-Newalla Rd. (mm 172) to westbound US-62.
Triple X. Road bridge over I-40 is expected to reopen in 2019.
This bridge demolition 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). The contract for this more than two-year project was awarded in October 2017 to Duit Construction Co. Inc. of Edmond.