As a decision nears the end of the line, the move to block the sale of state owned rail tracks between Tulsa and Oklahoma City rolls along. The latest to join those opposing the sale is Cherokee Chief Bill John Baker. He joins a growing chorus of voices asking the state to retain ownership. Evan Stair with Passenger Rail Oklahoma says a bid by Burlington Northern Santa Fe would not be good for those wanting excursion and commuter trains.
It’s expected the Department of Transportation and the Governor will get a recommendation sometime next month.
Any commuters who use westbound I-244 to access US-169: be sure to plan extra travel time.
Starting today, you’ll need to take I-44 instead of I-244 at the eastern split.
“Follow I-44 Westbound for access to 169,” said Kenna Mitchell with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. “If you don’t follow the signs, you’ll end up staying on I-244, you won’t have access to 169, and you’ll have drive through the construction zone before you can loop around to get back to 169.”
A $ 2.7-million project is getting underway on the Broken Arrow Expressway. The Highway 51 overpass decking at Pittsburg Avenue will be replaced.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says the construction work will take up to eight month. O-DOT plans to close one lane each direction while the work is being done. That will cause a bottleneck into and out of the downtown area on the expressway.
Plywood is used now as part of the bridge decking where holes have opened in the past.