Construction set to begin on I-35 widening in Norman
Ponca City Now - February 28, 2015 9:18 am
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – Construction is set to start on a $77 million project to widen Interstate 35 through Norman to six lanes.
The Oklahoman reports that the project, which should be completed in two years or less, will begin Monday. Tulsa-based Sherwood Construction Company has been contracted to complete the project. According to state engineer Ron Brown, this is the largest construction project ever awarded in the Transportation Department’s history.
According to The Norman Transcript, funding for the project primarily comes from the fuel tax.
Along with widening the interstate, the Lindsey Street bridge will be reconstructed and drainage problems in the area will be addressed.
The contractor may earn about $3 million in possible financial incentives for early completion of various phases of the project, Brown said.
Some owners are worried that construction will negatively their businesses, but Brown says contractors have pledged to minimize the disturbance to residents and businesses.