There’s some news on the Interstate 40 front today that should make a lot of people happy. Well, eventually.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation put out this advisory this morning:
“The left lanes of east- and westbound I-40 at Morgan Road are now open. Beginning today, the right lane of westbound I-40 will be closed between Council Road and Sara Road and, beginning Thursday, the right lane of eastbound I-40 will be closed in the same location. Both lane closures will continue through June as part of the Morgan Road interchange reconstruction project.”
Actually, that’s a couple of “good news” bits from ODOT.
First, there are improvements around the I-40 and Morgan Road location that readers have described as anything from a bottleneck to a death trap. Having driven through there many times myself, I can recall when it definitely fit the “bottleneck” category. Even truckers have tossed in their 2 cents worth many times on this one, and some of them were from other states.
As for any other descriptions, they might have been earned, at least at some point.
Then, there is the continuing refurbishing of I-40 west. Unfortunately, there has to be a little pain and suffering before the cure arrives. Motorists will have to endure lane closings and be prepared for other necessary inconveniences while the repairs are being made.
But think of how much better it will be when the work is completed.
Many readers have written that all of I-40 west needs work. A like number have said the same about I-40 eastbound between the metro and Arkansas.
There has been work to improve both sides, though it is not finished. Meanwhile, enjoy what has been done thus far.