Photo above provided by Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
West Lindsey Street in Norman is the gateway to the University of Oklahoma, but also serves an important function as one our major commercial corridors.
The construction zone
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) continues its work in Norman with a multi-phased project that includes widening of Interstate 35 and major reconstruction of the interchanges at Lindsey Street and Highway 9 East. The new Lindsey Street interchange is designed in a manner very similar to the recently completed bridge at Main Street. This type of interchange is called a Single-Point Urban Interchange or SPUI (pronounced "Spooey"), and is designed to move large volumes of traffic very efficiently. The Highway 9 East interchange will consist of two loops and will provide a new connection from Highway 9 directly to Ed Noble Parkway. This project represents the largest single contract in ODOT's history, and will likely have significant impacts on traffic in Norman.
The City of Norman will be working with ODOT to add artwork and landscaping to the Lindsey Street and Highway 9 East bridges. The Lindsey Street bridge will incorporate elements of the "Cherokee Gothic" architectural style common on the University of Oklahoma campus. The Highway 9 East bridge theme is reflective of Lake Thunderbird.
ODOT Project Objectives
- Ties I-35 with Main Street, Lindsey, SH-9E & 28th Avenue and the Canadian River Bridge
- Increases I-35 to 6 through lanes
- Braided ramps to reduce merging conflicts
- Construction of a SPUI at Lindsey Street
- Partnership with City of Norman to improve city-owned drainage structures
- Soundwall, retaining walls and bridge aesthetics
Lindsey Street Bond Project
Coinciding with the timeline of the ODOT's work on the Lindsey interchange, the City of Norman will be implementing the Lindsey Street Bond Project, voted on by our citizens in 2012. West Lindsey Street extends from Interstate 35 to the campus of the University of Oklahoma. The bond project includes major improvements to Lindsey Street from 24th Avenue to Berry Road.
Currently, the portion of the roadway between 24th Avenue and Berry Road is a 3-lane roadway and is the most congested corridor in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. This section of Lindsey Street has a traffic accident rate three times greater than the national average. Additionally, this area is ranked as the top storm water problem in Norman, referred to locally as Lake McGee.
The Lindsey Street Bond project aims to alleviate traffic conditions and provide much needed improvements in terms of utilities, accessibility and beautification. Referred to as a "triple canopy," trees and landscaping will line both sides of the street and the median.
Bond project objectives
- Widening West Lindsey Street from 3 to 4 lanes with raised medians and U-turns
- New bridge over Imhoff Creek
- Continuous sidewalks on both sides of the street and mid-block crosswalks for pedestrians
- Access management to adjacent properties
- Utility relocation improvements including underground electrical
- Multi-modal improvements including bicycle lanes, bus stops with shelters, and bus pullouts
- Aesthetic enhancements including decorative pavement, landscaping, and roadway lighting
- Accessibility for disabled individuals
- Storm water improvements include installation of a drainage structure to the Canadian River