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Thursday, 23 May 2019 17:17

Martha L. Baldwin Rice Obituary

Martha L. Baldwin Rice, 88, of Oklahoma City, OK, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, May 17, 2019 in St. Louis, MO.

 

Service: 2 p.m. Saturday at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK, the Rev. Jim Cook officiating.

 

Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau, OK.

 

Martha was born April 13th, 1931 in LeFlore County, OK to Ruth Mae Bell Gullick Baldwin and John Troy Baldwin.

 

She was a feisty and fun-loving child, and at the age of 18 wed the love of her life (George Rice, Jr.). She was a loving and dedicated homemaker and avid gardener all her life, and owner/manager of a Dairy Queen in Texas for many years.

 

She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth (1901-1964) and Troy Baldwin (1894-1982); husband of 64 years, George Rice, Jr. (1929-2014); one sister, Dortha Lanell Hoyle (1928-2003); two brothers, Earl Finis Baldwin (1933-2013) and Donald Edward Baldwin ( -2018); son, George Michael Rice (1952-1996); and daughter, Cynthia Gaye Rice (1954-1985).

 

Survivors are her daughter, Treva Kay Rice of St. Louis, MO; granddaughter Treva Cynthia Rice; great-grandchildren Meagan Lynne and Rio Oliver; one sister, Gwendolyn Bell; and many other relatives, loved ones and friends. She lived a long and full life and will be missed by many.

 

Visitation will be from 6pm to 8pm Friday at the funeral home.

 

You may leave an online message at www.evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com

 

The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, POTEAU, OK

Thursday, 23 May 2019 13:15

Timmy Mack Davis Obituary

Timmy Mack Davis of the Haw Creek Community was born October 15, 1960 in Poteau, Oklahoma to Sam and Retha (Windham) Davis and passed away May 22, 2019 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 58.

He is survived by:

 

His wife:
Henryetta Davis of the home

One step-daughter:
Angelia Newby of Poteau, Oklahoma

Three step-sons:
Rodney Smallwood of Heavener, Oklahoma
Paul Dale Smallwood of Heavener, Oklahoma
Chuck Smallwood of Heavener, Oklahoma

One brother:
Joe W. Davis and wife Debbie of Blackfork, Arkansas

One sister:
Dorothy Murry and companion Doug Cecil of Carthage, Texas

10 grandchildren:
Alex Rolf, Jacob Rolf, Dakota Smallwood, Skyla Smallwood, Cody Dale Smallwood, Myriah Kilgore, Ayden Padilla, Konnie Smallwood, Hannah Smallwood, and Anna Smallwood

Nieces and Nephews:
Leonard Joe Davis and wife Donna of Copperas Cove, Texas
Sharon Smith and husband Anthony of Howe, Oklahoma
Melissa Fischer and husband Kennith of Odem, Texas
James Murray and companion Mathew Caya of Anacortes, Washington

Grand-niece:
Hannah Streeter Williams and husband Gus of Blackfork, Arkansas

Numerous other loved ones and host of friends

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Retha Davis; a niece, Sabrina Streeter; and a nephew, Wesley Murry.

 

Timmy was a long-time resident of the Haw Creek Community. He was an Equipment Operator for the AES Power Plant in Panama, Oklahoma.

 

He loved to spend time with his family and friends.

 

Timmy will be deeply missed by many whom loved and knew him.

 

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener, Oklahoma with Reverend Ray Weaver officiating.

 

Interment will follow in the Hontubby Cemetery in Heavener, Oklahoma arrangements are under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.

 

Pallbearers will be: His Family

 

Viewing will begin at noon until 8:30 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.

 

To sign Timmy’s online guestbook please visit www.dowdenrobertsfuneralhome.com

 

Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Jim Grego, R-Wilburton, a former member of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, released the following statement regarding the success of the 2,107 watershed structures throughout Oklahoma.


“This past week, many areas of Oklahoma have received record rainfall,” Grego said. “While widespread flooding is happening, we must not lose sight of how much flooding is being prevented by our watershed structures. These silent sentinels have done their duty. Many miles of highways are still passable. Many bridges are still in place. We’ll never know how many homes and businesses did not get water damage rendering them useless because of the protections afforded by these structures.


“We realize many of these structures are utilizing their auxiliary spillways. However, we can’t lose sight of the fact these structures are working as designed. To date, we have had no failures. This in itself is amazing considering many of them are 50 years old, which is their useful life expectancy.


“Early estimates indicate in excess of $16 million of property damage has been avoided. Avoiding these costly losses benefits every Oklahoman.


“In the state budget the Legislature just approved for Fiscal Year 2020, we were able to secure $1.5 million to help perform maintenance on these important structures. We must never lose sight of how important they are.


“I can’t praise our local conservation boards enough as well as the Oklahoma Conservation Commission for their continued work in maintaining these silent sentinels.”

Rep. Grego Praises OK Watershed Structures - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Thursday, 23 May 2019 13:07

Farewell AES, Thank You; Welcome OG&E

By State Rep. Lundy Kiger

 

The biggest financial impact to ever affect SE Oklahoma and Western Arkansas was the state’s largest single private investment in the state until 2002 – the AES Shady Point Cogeneration plant.

 

The new coal-fired facility, which had the latest technology at the time, became and is the cleanest coal-fired power plant in the state and possibly the nation, until recent developments.

 

With the plant’s technology, this facility is capable of utilizing local Oklahoma coal, out-of-state Wyoming coal, tire chips, chipped railroad ties and other types of solid fuels and natural gas.

 

With the use of state coal and limestone, this plant helped to create approximately 700 to 1,200 direct and indirect local jobs that changed the economies of LeFlore County and the region like never before.

 

All of this economic impact was at risk with the AESSP power purchase agreement with OG&E coming to an end. But, with the diligent work of the people of AESSP, this plant was selected in the OG&E Request for Proposals (RFP) as one of two winning bids and later approved by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission by a vote of 3-0.

 

If AESSP had not been selected as a winner in the OG&E RFP, hundreds of rural jobs would have been lost, along with many home and car loans with local banks also at risk due to possible job losses.

As members of the regions of SE Oklahoma and Western Arkansas, we owe the men and women of AESSP our congratulations of staying the course and working diligently in meeting the requirements and winning the OG&E RFP.

 

Thank you to our coal mining and limestone people, trucking and the many others who helped keep this plant running.

 

To the hard working people of what was AES Shady Point yesterday, and now OG&E today, thank you to each of you.

 

And let me also say thank you to the people of OG&E for helping to keep this wonderful asset operational and remaining a large financial impact to SE Oklahoma and Western Arkansas for years to come.

 

PRESS RELEASE 


According to a press release from the LeFlore County Sheriff's office at 4:20 pm on Wednesday May 22, 2019, members of the LeFlore County Sheriff's Office went to a residence located at 205 Chickasaw Street in Wister, OK to serve a Protective Order on Paul "Keith" Woolery.

 

When deputies knocked on the door, Mr. Woolery came to the front door and began to curse at them. Mr. Woolery was informed that they had a protective order on him and he was ordered to leave the residence in compliance with that order. Mr. Woolery cursed the deputies and ran to the back room of the residence and threatened to blow up the house or burn it down.

 

He also yelled that he would set fire to the house and run outside and shoot all the officers there and force them to shoot him. Members of the Wister Police Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded to the scene and the residence was isolated and secured.

 

From prior incidents involving Mr. Woolery it was known he had gunpowder and tannerite in the the residence along with several firearms. The Tactical Team from Oklahoma Highway Patrol was requested along with a certified negotiater.

 

While waiting on these personnel to arrive, Mr. Woolery ran out the front door and charged at two LeFlore County Deputies. Woolery was subdued by use of a taser and taken into custody without further incident.

 

Woolery had been communicating threats for several days that he was going to burn the house down. He also stated to deputies that he had rigged booby traps and possible explosives in the house. Paul "Keith" Woolery was transported to the LeFlore County Detention Center and booked on initial charges of Violation of Protective Order, 2 counts of Assault on a police officer and threatening a violent act in the presence of an officer.

 

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Squad was contacted to assist in searching the residence for any possible booby traps or explosive devices in order to safely secure the house. We are currently awaiting their arrival on scene.

 

While speaking with Wayne Woolery, who is Paul "Keith Woolery's brother, Wayne told a Sheriff's Office Investigator that since Keith was now in custody that he (Wayne) would just have to light a match to the house and burn it.

 

Wayne Woolery was then taken into custody and transported to the LeFlore County Detention Center where he was booked on a charge of communicating a violent act in the presence of an officer.

 

Further charges may be pending on Keith Woolery based on any illegal findings from a search of the residence by the OHP Bomb Squad and the LeFlore County Sheriff's Office.

 

No further details are available at this time.

 

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

 

Press release


PUSHMATAHA COUNTY, OKLA. – A Pushmataha County jury convicted a former Pushmataha County detention officer of Rape in the Second Degree after a two-day trial.

 

On May 15, 2018, the Pushmataha County Sheriff’s Office requested OSBI assistance with an investigation relating to allegations of sexual misconduct in the jail.

 

The sheriff’s office received reports that 30-year-old Ashley Elizabeth Parra, a Pushmataha County detention officer, had sexual contact with an inmate in the jail. As a result of the OSBI investigation, Parra was arrested the same day.

 

Parra’s trial began on May 20, 2019. The jury was out deliberating for less than an hour before she was convicted.

 

Parra has been remanded to the custody of the Pushmataha County Sheriff’s Office until sentencing, which is scheduled June 26.

 

 

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 18:05

James William McCoy Jr. Obituary

James William McCoy Jr., 58, of Poteau, OK passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in Little Rock, AR. James was born July 1, 1960, in Toul Rosier, France to James Sr. & Ola DeLois (Haynes) McCoy.

 

He was a computer programmer for Pearl Vision.

 

James was preceded in death by his step father, William Milligan and Kathie Ford, step sister.

 

Survivors include his mother, Dee Milligan; sisters, Annette Villigrana of Wister, OK, Kathy Talley of Spokane, WA; brother, Mike McCoy of TX; stepbrother, Larry Milligan of Panama, OK, James Milligan of Poteau, OK; step sisters, Mary Mullenax of Olathe, KS, Brenda Garland of Poteau, OK, Ruby Ann Himes of Heavener, OK; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

 

Private services will be held.

 

You may leave an online message at www.evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com

 

The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, POTEAU, OK

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 18:01

SOUTHEAST AREA FISHING REPORT MAY 22

A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department

 

Arbuckle: May 20. Elevation normal, water 67 and stained to muddy up creeks. Largemouth bass fair on Alabama rig, spinnerbait and shallows running crankbaits around the main lake. Smallmouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and shallows running crankbaits off points. Crappie fair off docks. Crappie being caught on chartreuse jigs and have moved back to the brush piles in parts of the lake. White bass good chasing shad on the south end of the lake. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: May 20. Elevation above normal, water 68 and muddy. Rainbow trout slow on in-line spinnerbait and PowerBait around river channel and below falls around current breaks. Spotted, largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits, flukes and spinnerbaits around brush structure, creek channels and river channel. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, dough bait, punch bait and worms around river channel and longer deeper pools. Report submitted by Ethan Lovelace, technician at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: May 17. Elevation above normal, water 68. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, flukes and plastics around points and standing timber. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: May 17. Elevation above normal, water 67 and murky. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait along the river channel. Crappie fair on tube jigs around creek channels and riprap. Report submitted by Jake Bersche, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: May 17. Elevation above normal, water 64 and murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, live bait, punch bait and shad below the dam, around creek channels, main lake, river channel and shorelines. Crappie good on jigs and minnows below the dam, around brush structure, creek channels, main lake, river channel, shorelines and standing timber. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: May 16. Elevation normal, water 70 and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on crankbaits, jigs, plastics and topwater lures around main lake, points, river channel and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on crankbaits, live shad and spoons around coves, discharge and river channel. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait around coves, inlet, riprap and weed beds. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: May 17. Elevation normal, water clear. Rainbow trout good on caddis flies, crankbaits, small lures and tube jigs below the dam, around rocks and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: May 17. Elevation above normal, water 67. Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, flukes and plastics around brush structure, points and shallows. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around creek channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: May 19. Elevation above average, water 74 and clear. Smallmouth bass fair on Alabama rig, crankbaits, jigs and plastics around brush structure and riprap. White bass good on Alabama rig, buzz baits, jerk bait, jigs and topwater lures around creek channels and main lake. Crappie fair on jigs around brush structure. Report submitted by Jaylen Flynn, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: May 17. Elevation above average, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and crawfish around points. Crappie good on jigs around brush structure and coves. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and stinkbait around creek channels and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: May 17. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, lipless baits, plastics and rogues around coves, inlet, shallows, shorelines and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish excellent on cut bait, live bait, live shad, punch bait, shad and stinkbait around channels, creek channels, inlet, river channel and river mouth. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around coves, creek channels, standing timber and weed beds. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: May 14. Elevation above normal, water 70. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, jigs, plastics and spinnerbaits around brush structure, points, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on cut bait, shad and sunfish around the main lake, points, rocks and shorelines. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, points, shorelines and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: May 17. Elevation above normal, water 72 and muddy. Striped bass excellent on cut bait, live bait, live shad and sassy shad below the dam and around the main lake. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, live bait and live shad below the dam, around the main lake, river channel, river mouth and shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and docks. The lake is very high right now so boaters should use caution when on the water. Striped Bass are hitting live bait and cut bait very well right now, the main areas are from south of Washita Point to the islands in about 30 ft. of water and shallower. Blues are being caught below the dam on cut bait in slack water areas. Striped Bass are also being caught below dam on live bait and bucktail lures. Crappie are very spotty with the lake levels being so high. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: May 17. Elevation above normal, water cloudy. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastics, spinnerbaits and topwater around channels, points, shallows and shorelines. Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, crawfish, cut bait, hot dogs, punch bait, shad and stinkbait below the dam, around channels, main lake and points. Crappie good on jigs, minnows and tube jigs below the dam, around brush structure, points and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, Game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Press release


WASHINGTON— Today, Congressmen Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) introduced the Rural Broadband Network Advancement (RBNA) Act, which would invest in expanding broadband access in rural areas.


“My district is the only congressional district in the country where broadband is available to less than half the population,” Mullin said. “Rural consumers need the bandwidth necessary to deliver educational opportunities for children and adults, telemedicine care for patients, news and entertainment content to consumers, and more markets for businesses’ goods and services. This legislation will ensure high cost, rural areas are not stranded and rural Americans are not left behind in the Internet economy.”


“Access to rural broadband is no longer a luxury, it’s important for ensuring folks can compete and connect on a global scale,” said Peterson. “I’ve been fighting for years to ensure rural America has the same kind of access as those living in our urban areas.”


The RBNA Act establishes a new program at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would collect Network User Fees from edge providers (Netflix, AmazonVideo, etc.) based on the data transported over the last mile of networks. User fees would then be invested by the rural broadband providers to help build, maintain and operate robust broadband networks in high cost rural areas. All rural broadband providers would be eligible for the program if they provide broadband access in high cost rural areas to fewer than 100,000 customers within a state and provide the speeds required by the FCC.


In Oklahoma’s Second District, less than half of the residents have access to broadband Internet, a luxury most people across the country have enjoyed for years. More than 45 percent of individuals living on tribal land in Oklahoma don’t have access to high-speed internet.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 17:48

Memorial Day Traffic Advisory 5-22-19

Press release from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation

 

*** REMINDER – ODOT offices will be closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. ***

With historic rainfall since winter 2018 through the spring, many roads are closed, including some construction projects which are identified below. As water levels subside, ODOT and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority will  assess existing pavement conditions for needed repairs and also construction timetables for further changes and updates.

Drivers are encouraged to be prepared and partner with these agencies as they address these needs and possible delays. ODOT wants drivers to be prepared for more inconvenience and travel impacts this summer.

Flooding Closures:There are several highways closed due to flooding in parts of southern, central, northern and northeastern Oklahoma. For a map of current, weather-related closures, visit http://www.okroads.org">www.okroads.org

The following construction projects will impact travel on major highways and interstates Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27.

For daily traffic advisories next week, visit http://www.odot.org/">www.odot.org and follow @OKDOT on Twitter and Facebook. For turnpike information, contact the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority at 405-425-3600 or visit https://www.ok.gov/triton/modules/newsroom/abe/bulletins/1517564/www.pikepass.com">www.pikepass.com.

Statewide

I-35 narrowed near Paoli, Garvin Co.

I-35 is narrowed to one lane in each direction two miles north of SH-145 (mm 81) near Paoli for bridge rehabilitation. Drivers can expect significant delays and congestion in this area and should plan extra travel time or use an alternate route.

I-40 service road closed near Sayre, Beckham Co.

The south I-40 service road (old Route 66) is closed one mile west of US-283 (mm 19) near Sayre due to flooding damage. 

I-40 narrowed between Canute and Foss, Washita Co.

I-40 is narrowed to one lane in each direction between one mile west of Canute (mm 45) and SH-44 near Foss (mm 53) for bridge repair, resurfacing and cable barrier installation. 

I-40 frontage road closed near Weatherford, Custer Co.

The north I-40 frontage road (old Route 66) is closed one mile west of the Caddo County line (mm 85) near Weatherford for bridge replacement.

I-40, US-64 narrowed in Sallisaw, Sequoyah Co.

I-40 is narrowed to one lane in each direction between US-64 (mm 311) and US-59 (mm 308) in Sallisaw for bridge and interchange reconstruction. US-64 is also narrowed to one lane in each direction at I-40.

US-69 narrowed near Eufaula, McIntosh Co.

US-69 is narrowed to one lane in each direction between the Pittsburg County line and Eufaula for pavement rehabilitation.

SH-63/SH-1 narrowed to one lane near Wilburton, Latimer Co.

SH-63/SH-1 is narrowed to one lane with a temporary signal in place two miles east of SH-2 south of Wilburton for bridge replacement. 

SH-3 narrowed to one lane near Broken Bow, McCurtain Co.

SH-3 is narrowed to one lane with temporary signals in place one mile and also four miles northwest of Broken Bow for bridge rehabilitation.

US-77/SH-39 lanes shifted, speed limit reduced between Purcell and Lexington, McClain/Cleveland Co.

US-77/SH-39 will be narrowed and lanes shifted between Purcell and Lexington for bridge reconstruction.

US-270 narrowed at US-270B in Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co.

US-270 is narrowed to one lane in each direction at US-270 Business/Kickapoo Spur in Shawnee for bridge rehabilitation.

US-270 closed in Seminole, Seminole Co.

US-270 is closed just south of SH-9 in Seminole through Friday for resurfacing. Traffic is detoured to SH-9 and US-377/SH-99.

US-77 narrowed to one lane near Guthrie, Logan Co.

US-77 is narrowed to one lane with a traffic signal in place three miles north of SH-33 near Guthrie for bridge replacement.

US-81 narrowed near Kingfisher, Kingfisher Co.

US-81 is narrowed to one lane in each direction between one mile south of SH-33 and three miles south of SH-33 near Kingfisher for pavement reconstruction.

SH-6 narrowed in Elk City, Beckham Co.

SH-6 is narrowed to one lane in each direction at I-40 in Elk City for pavement and bridge reconstruction.

US-270 speed limit reduced near Seiling, Dewey Co.

Drivers should be alert to reduced speeds on US-270 from SH-51 northwest three miles near Seiling for pavement reconstruction.

SH-152 closed near Dill City, Washita Co.

SH-152 is closed about one mile east of SH-44 near Dill City for bridge replacement. Traffic is detoured to SH-44, I-40 and US-183.

SH-19 closed near Caddo County line, Kiowa Co.

SH-19 is closed between SH-115 and SH-58 near the Caddo County line for bridge replacement. Traffic is detoured to SH-115, SH-9 and SH-58.

SH-15 narrowed to one lane in Fargo, Ellis Co.

SH-15 is narrowed to one lane with a traffic signal in place in Fargo for resurfacing and shoulder work. 

US-270/US-183 narrowed near Seiling, Woodward Co.

US-270/US-183 is narrowed to one lane in each direction about six miles northwest of Seiling for pavement and reconstruction.

US-62 narrowed near Indiahoma, Comanche Co.

US-62 is narrowed to one lane in each direction about three miles east of the Kiowa County line near Indiahoma for bridge repair.

US-64 narrowed at SH-99, Pawnee Co.

US-64 is narrowed to one lane in each direction at SH-99 near Cleveland for pavement and bridge reconstruction.

US-60 speed limit reduced in Afton, Ottawa Co.

Drivers should be alert to reduced speeds on US-60 in Afton for bridge replacement.

US-60 closed east of Nowata, Nowata Co.

US-60 is closed from three miles east of US-169 to about three miles west of SH-28 near Nowata for bridge replacement. Traffic is detoured on US-169 and SH-28.

SH-99 narrowed to one lane near Oilton, Creek Co.

SH-99 is narrowed to one lane with temporary signals in place just north of SH-51 near of Oilton for bridge rehabilitation.

SH-48 narrowed to one lane near Mannford, Creek Co.

SH-48 is narrowed to one lane with temporary signals in place two miles north of SH-51 near Mannford for bridge replacement

SH-125 closed in Miami, Ottawa Co.

SH-125 is closed just south of US-69 in Miami for bridge rehabilitation. Traffic is detoured to US-69 and US-60.

Oklahoma City Metro

I-235 lanes narrowed, shifted near I-44

Motorists should be alert to lane shifts and narrowed lanes on I-235 between N. 50th St. and N. 63rd St. for interchange reconstruction and widening.

I-35 lanes shifted, ramp closed near I-44

The following closures can be expected on north and southbound I-35 over Deep Fork Creek between the I-44 interchange (mm 133) and N.E. 50th St. (mm 132A) for bridge reconstruction:

  • Southbound I-35 lanes are shifted N.E 63rd St.
  • Southbound I-35 E. Frontage Rd. is narrowed to one lane from N.E. 63rd St. to N.E. 50th St.
  • Southbound I-35 on-ramp from E. Frontage Rd. at Bryant Ave. is closed.
  • Northbound I-35 is narrowed to two lanes between N.E. 50th St. (mm 132A) and the I-44 interchange (mm 133)

Alternate route options include SH-74/Lake Hefner Parkway and I-44.

I-44 bridge/ramp narrowed to one lane at May Ave. The westbound I-44 bridge/ramp is narrowed to one lane between May Ave. (mm 124) and N.W. 36th St. for bridge rehabilitation. This ramp runs westbound to southbound and stretches over SH-66 (39th Expwy) and SH-74 (Lake Hefner Pkwy).

I-40 lanes shifted between I-240 and Peebly Rd., Triple X Rd. bridge closed

Drivers should be alert to narrowed and shifted lanes on east and westbound I-40 between I-240 (mm 165) and Peebly Rd. (mm 169) for ongoing interchange reconstruction and widening. The Triple X Rd. bridge over I-40 is closed and drivers must use an alternate route. Note: This work zone is adjacent to an Oklahoma Turnpike Authority work zone on I-40 between Peebly Rd. (mm 169) and Harrah-Newalla Rd. (mm 172). For information on this project, contact the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority at 405-425-3600 or visit https://www.pikepass.com/" target="_blank">https://www.pikepass.com

I-44 ramp narrowed at S.W. 89th St.

The westbound I-44 (runs south) off-ramp to S.W. 89th St. (mm 113) is narrowed as part of a City of Oklahoma City widening project.

I-40 lanes shifted, service road narrowed at SH-4/Mustang Rd.

East and westbound I-40 lanes are shifted between SH-4/Mustang Rd. (mm 138) and Morgan Rd. (mm 140) and the eastbound and westbound I-40 collector road is narrowed to one lane between SH-4/Mustang Rd. (mm 138) and the John Kilpatrick Turnpike (mm 139) for work by the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority at 405-425-3600 or visit https://www.pikepass.com" target="_blank">https://www.pikepass.com

I-35 ramps at SH-37/S. Fourth St. closed, detoured; SH-37 narrowed in Moore

Drivers can expect the following closures and detours for ongoing bridge rehabilitation:

  • The northbound I-35 on-ramp from SH-37 is closed. Traffic is detoured to Howard Ave. and S.W. Fourth to the on-ramp from the northbound I-35 service road.
  • The northbound I-35 off-ramp to SH-37/S. Fourth St./Main St./N. Fifth St. (mm 117) is open; however, drivers cannot turn right onto S. Fourth St. from the ramp. Drivers can continue north on the service road to Main St. or can use the off-ramp at S. 19th St. (mm 116) and Broadway Ave. as a detour.
  • SH-37 is narrowed to one lane in each direction at I-35. 

 

I-35 lanes shift near S. 19th St. in Moore

I-35 lanes are shifted between S. 19th St. (mm 116) and Indian Hills Rd. (mm 114) for ongoing bridge construction. S.W. 34th St. closed to through traffic at Telephone Rd. and the east and west I-35 service roads are narrowed to one lane with temporary traffic signals at S.W. 34th St.

SH-74 lanes shifted at N.W. 164th St.

North and southbound SH-74 lanes are temporarily shifted between N.W. 164th and N.W. 178th St. and traffic on N.W. 206th St./Covell Rd. west of SH-74 will experience a slight shift in travel lanes for ongoing widening.

OKC Boulevard closed at various locations

Oklahoma City Boulevard intersections between Shields/EK Gaylord Blvd. and Walker Ave., are open but remain four-way stops. Drivers in downtown Oklahoma City should pay close attention to signage and should plan extra travel time in the area.

Closures and lane impacts are:

  • OKC Boulevard drivers will not be able to turn onto Harvey Ave.
  • Reno Ave. is narrowed to one lane in each direction and traffic is shifted between Klein and Walker;
  • Northbound lanes of Western Ave. are closed at S.W. Third St.;
  • Western Ave. and Classen Blvd. are closed between S.W. Third St. and W. Sheridan Ave.;
  • Drivers will not be able to make a left turn from Reno Ave. onto S. Western Ave.;
  • Exchange Ave. is permanently closed at Western Ave. and Reno Ave.;
  • California St. is permanently closed at Classen Blvd.; and
  • S.W. Fifth St. is an eastbound only detour between Western Ave. and Walker Ave.

If traveling I-40, motorists are encouraged to exit at Penn Ave. or Robinson Ave.

SH-3/N.W. Expressway narrowed at SH-4 near Piedmont

SH-3/N.W. Expressway is narrowed to one lane in each direction between Gregory Rd. and SH-4 near Piedmont for resurfacing.

 

SH-3/N.W. Expressway narrowed at US-81 near Okarche

SH-3/N.W. Expressway is narrowed to one lane in each direction at US-81 just south of Okarche for bridge rehabilitation

Tulsa Metro

Lane, ramp closures on I-244, US-75, US-64, SH-51 on south, east legs of Inner Dispersal Loop

On the south leg of the Inner Dispersal Loop:

  • Southbound US-75/westbound US-64/SH-51 is narrowed to two lanes on the south leg of the IDL.
  • All lanes of northbound US-75/eastbound US-64/SH-51 are closed on the south leg of the IDL between the I-244 junction and the US-75 split. Drivers should follow the west and north legs around the IDL during this time.
  • The westbound I-244/eastbound US-64/SH-51 and the eastbound I-244/northbound US-75 ramps to northbound US-75/eastbound US-64/SH-51 are closed at the southwest corner of the IDL. The eastbound I-244 off-ramp to 7th at the southwest corner of the IDL will remain open.
  • The northbound US-75/eastbound US-64/SH-51 on-ramps from Houston Ave., 13th and Denver Ave. on the south leg of the IDL are closed.
  • The Cincinnati Ave. ramp to eastbound US-64/SH-51 at the southeast corner of the IDL will remain open.

On the east leg of the Inner Dispersal Loop, east of downtown Tulsa:

  • Northbound US-75 is narrowed between the southeast corner of the IDL and 7th; the off-ramp to 7th St. will remain open for local traffic. (Note – westbound US-64/-SH-51 traffic needing access to downtown will also be able to access ramps on the south leg of the IDL at the Detroit Ave. and Denver Ave. exits.)
  • All lanes of northbound US-75 are closed between 7th and the I-244 junction at the northeast corner of the IDL. Traffic needing access to northbound US-75 should follow the west and north legs around the IDL.

Delays can be expected, especially during peak travel times. Drivers should plan ahead for extra travel time in these areas. Detour maps are available at https://tinyurl.com/y3j46ao7

As a reminder, this work zone is adjacent to the following:

US-64/SH-51/Broken Arrow Expressway narrowed near Inner Dispersal Loop

Eastbound US-64/SH-51/Broken Arrow Expressway is narrowed to two lanes from the southeast corner of the Inner Dispersal Loop to near 21st St. South for bridge rehabilitation.

I-244, SH-11 lanes and ramps closed near Tulsa International Airport

  • I-244 is narrowed to two lanes in each direction at the SH-11 junction (mm 12B).
  • East and westbound Pine St. is narrowed to one lane at the SH-11 junction.
  • East and westbound SH-11 is narrowed to one open lane in each direction from Pine St. to the Tulsa International Airport complex. Be alert to traffic shifts in this corridor.
  • The eastbound SH-11 off-ramp to Memorial Dr. is closed; detour to Virgin St. and follow signed detour route to Memorial Drive.
  • The eastbound SH-11 on-ramp from Virgin St. is closed; use signed detour route on Memorial Dr. and Pine Street.
  • The eastbound SH-11 off-ramp to eastbound I-244 is narrowed.

I-44 narrowed at 49th W. Ave.

I-44 is narrowed to two lanes in each direction at 49th W. Ave (mm 222A) for bridge maintenance.

SH-20 narrowed near Skiatook

SH-20 is narrowed to one lane in each direction just east of SH-11 near Skiatook for bridge rehabilitation.

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