Wednesday, June 19, 2019

ODOT Hopes Highway 64 Traffic Will Flow Both Directions Soon

Commuters from Oklahoma into Arkansas via Highway 64 have had to follow other detour routes since the flood waters have receded and revealed damage to bridges between Roland and Fort Smith.

But the Oklahoma Department of Transportation hopes to have traffic flowing at least one lane in each direction next week, according to Kenna Mitchell, ODOT Public Information Manager for Div. 8.

“Of the two damaged (eastbound) bridges, one has a very significant wash out underneath that will need extensive repairs,” Mitchell said, adding that that repair should take several months.

To help accommodate Oklahoma and Arkansas commuters who normally travel Highway 64, ODOT is working to build temporary cross-overs so that westbound traffic will narrow to one lane and one lane of eastbound traffic can also run on the westbound side during the time of the bridge repairs, according to Mitchell.

Mitchell said ODOT hopes to have those cross-overs in place sometime next week.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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