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No Timetable For Interstate 35 Repairs In Southern Oklahoma

Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews assess Thursday's rock slide along Interstate 35 northbound in Murray County near Davis.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation
Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews assess Thursday's rock slide along Interstate 35 northbound in Murray County near Davis.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says it’s working to remove nearly 20,000 tons of rock that fell in a June 18 landslide that’s kept Interstate 35 partially shut down for the past week.

Nearly 20 roads remain closed from previous storms dating to early May.

ODOT says experts from the Colorado Department of Transportation are on site to determine the best way to remove the debris and prevent further rockslides by stabilizing the formation. Surface repairs also have to be made to I-35, the main artery between Oklahoma City and Dallas.

Oklahoma transportation authorities recommended blasting and placing rock bolts through the formation as part of the project. It’s expected to cost more than $750,000, which would exceed executive director Mike Patterson’s contracting authority. The Oklahoma Transportation Commission will have to approve an expedited contract.

One lane of northbound traffic reopened Sunday after a crossover was built to move drivers over to the southbound lanes. I-35 is also narrowed near Wynnewood and in Ardmore due to ongoing bridge projects.

Nearly 20 roads remain closed from previous storms dating to early May.

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Brian Hardzinski is from Flower Mound, Texas and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He began his career at KGOU as a student intern, joining KGOU full time in 2009 as Operations and Public Service Announcement Director. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014, and became the station's first Digital News Editor in 2015-16. Brian’s work at KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier, Bucky.
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