By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
Some bridge beams are up – and a contractor is on schedule for an early fall completion of a new Interstate 40 interchange in Yukon.
An Oklahoma Department of Transportation contractor is making steady progress on the $14M construction project along a busy stretch of I-40 at Frisco Road.
“The interchange is moving right along,” Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar reported this week. “They’re working on the bridge, laying the beams.”
Some beams have been hung, but there’s still two more spans of beams to be placed on the bridge. That work should be finished within a month.
Then the contractor, Sherwood Construction of Tulsa, will start in earnest building the bridge deck.
Motorists are being advised there will be a “traffic shift” on I-40 lanes when crews start on the decking.
Construction of the I-40/Frisco Road interchange began Sept. 8, 2020 and the contractor was allotted 360 days to finish the project. ODOT officials still estimate an early fall completion.
“It is right on schedule and things are looking positive to meet that timeline,” ODOT spokeswoman Lisa Shearer-Salim said. “But there’s still a lot of work to be done and the potential for weather delays.
“We’re pleased with the progress the contractor is making and appreciate motorists for remaining vigilant.”
MILE WEST OF GARTH BROOKS BLVD.
The new I-40 interchange will be at mile marker 135, one mile west of Garth Brooks Boulevard.
Yukon city leaders expect the opening of the new interchange to spur economic development along a Frisco Road commercial corridor north of I-40.
The average daily traffic count is almost 46,000 along I-40 near the site of the future Frisco Road interchange.
Sherwood Construction in July 2020 was awarded the ODOT contract to build the interchange. The company’s $14,061,010.28 bid was 84% of the engineer’s $16,738,908.02 estimate.
ODOT is funding 65% of the construction cost, with the City of Yukon covering 35% of the tab.
Besides alleviating traffic congestion at the Garth Brooks Boulevard and North Cimarron Road interchanges, the new Frisco Road interchange will provide additional access to INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital.