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shavethewhales
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« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2020, 08:21:10 am »

I stopped by the ODOT open house meeting last night. I was surprised at how limited each work package is. They were showing off "work package 1" which is simply widening from the river to a bit past Union. So they aren't even getting all the widening done at once - there will be a period of time when I44 merges from 3 to 2 lanes for half a mile before hitting the I44/244 split.

The 75/44 interchange will be even more ridiculous after the widening. You should take a look at how the ramps and merge lanes are squeezed in. They aren't going after any additional right-of-way. Most of the interchange project isn't funded yet and is currently forecast for 2027 unless a bunch of grants come in... so that's going to be an annoying wait.
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« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2020, 10:08:13 am »

I guess the state is voting on this next week...

https://ktul.com/amp/news/local/most-expensive-highway-project-in-tulsa

Here's the type of interchange I would have liked to see (only with 75 going above the ring)
 
works with the existing topography / reduces the number of entrance/exit ramps on I-44 and 75 / reduces 75 going down into the valley so much

edit:  never mind / looks cool / seems like it should work

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This three-level roundabout just outside Leeds, England, is perhaps most famous for how poorly it works, causing standstills during rush hour. The interchange was built in the 1970s, and has been unable to sustain traffic loads that pass through the area.
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« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2020, 11:11:40 am »

I'm not sure I understand where all the expense is coming from to make it the most expensive project ever. Surely the portion on the East side that was finished years ago would have cost more. This is a small section, and from the plans they presented in January they are merely widening it to three lanes in both directions with a few overpass replacements. They are already almost done with one of the largest set of bridges that was started as a separate project. They aren't even acquiring any new right of way from what I saw, it's all squeezed in. Maybe they have changed plans once again from what they presented in the open house.

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« Reply #18 on: September 04, 2020, 01:27:12 pm »

I'm not sure I understand where all the expense is coming from to make it the most expensive project ever. Surely the portion on the East side that was finished years ago would have cost more. This is a small section, and from the plans they presented in January they are merely widening it to three lanes in both directions with a few overpass replacements. They are already almost done with one of the largest set of bridges that was started as a separate project. They aren't even acquiring any new right of way from what I saw, it's all squeezed in. Maybe they have changed plans once again from what they presented in the open house.



Am I understanding correctly that the flyover interchanges are NOT part of this first phase of work, that it's just widening the highway from the interchange to the bridge and rebuilding the bridges over Mooser Creek?  When will they rebuild the 75/44 interchange?
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« Reply #19 on: September 04, 2020, 01:52:43 pm »

Am I understanding correctly that the flyover interchanges are NOT part of this first phase of work, that it's just widening the highway from the interchange to the bridge and rebuilding the bridges over Mooser Creek?  When will they rebuild the 75/44 interchange?

ODOT has the next phase on the schedule for 2027.
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