Oklahoma has seen an influx of federal stimulus money for highway projects – but a boulevard promised by the state to replace the current alignment of the I-40 Crosstown Expressway has yet to appear on the Department of Transportation’s eight-year funding plan.
Mayor Mick Cornett tells me he’s quite aware of the situation.
“It’s a continuing concern, but not at a high level,” Cornett said. “I’ve been assured by the governor, the Department of Transportation, and there isn’t a person of significance denying the boulevard will be built. Until it’s on the eight-year funding plan and it’s only five years away from opening, I will continue to bring it up and talk about. Let’s get it done.”
Cornett admits Core to Shore, the development of mostly blighted area between the river and downtown, can’t be launched without the boulevard. “The city grinds to a halt if that boulevard isn’t constructed when I-40 is relocated.”