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Posted on: December 18, 2018

Commuters to downtown Tulsa, airport should plan for construction projects.

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has announced plans for two major construction projects that may affect Broken Arrow residents who commute to downtown Tulsa, as well as anyone who plans to fly out of Tulsa International Airport.

Broken Arrow Expressway – Downtown Tulsa IDL South Leg and with bridge work at 15th and Lewis

A $25 million project to reconstruct all pavement on the south leg of the Inner Dispersal Loop (IDL) is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Jan. 2. The project will also rehabilitate the eastbound I-244 ramp to northbound US-75/eastbound SH-51, the Houston St. bridge on the south leg of the IDL, and also the 6th and 11th St. bridges on the east leg of the IDL.

The southbound US-75/westbound SH-51 lanes on the south leg of the IDL are expected to close to traffic by 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2 until further notice. Traffic will be detoured to the other legs of the IDL. The southbound US-75 lanes of the east leg are also closing to traffic later that day until further notice.

Significant delays can be expected on all downtown highway corridors, especially during rush hours.

Changes to traffic flow should be expected later in the project to close the other directions of the south and east legs. Specific lane and ramp closures will be announced in the daily Traffic Advisories section of as they are scheduled.

The project is expected to be completed in early 2020, weather permitting.

While this project is under construction, a separate but nearby project will rehabilitate bridges on SH-51 (Broken Arrow Expressway) between Lewis Avenue and 15th Street. This work is expected to start in early spring 2019. Further details will be provided as they are scheduled.

SH-11 bridgework near I-244 and TIA

A $9 million project to improve eight bridges on SH-11 is scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 7. This includes bridges at the I-244 junction, Pine Street, Memorial Drive and also over a BNSF rail line.

Drivers needing access to the Tulsa International Airport complex are urged to plan ahead for extra travel time throughout the project. Detours to the main airport entrance will be in place during a portion of this project.

This project is expected to complete in early 2020, weather permitting.

Drivers can sign up for daily Traffic Advisories at, which detail upcoming lane closure information as it is scheduled. Click the “Sign Up For News & Alerts” link on the main page of this website and select the Tulsa Metro option.

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