Traffic flow improved on Yale Avenue south of I-44 following completion of a project to widen Yale Avenue to six lanes between I-44 and 61st Street. However, the same cannot be said for the I-44 and Yale Avenue intersection, where traffic congestion has worsened in recent years. The six-lane section of Yale Avenue begins just south of this intersection for southbound traffic, while the third northbound lane becomes a right-turn lane to enter the eastbound I-44 frontage road. This is the only improvement that has been made thus far at the intersection. The intersection eventually will undergo a complete makeover when I-44 is widened to six lanes in the area, a project that first was announced in 1984. This intersection, which does not have a construction start date, will have new bridges and a wider street following completion of the project. The only other improvement in recent times has been the installation of a new traffic signal in 1995 for the westbound frontage road and the northbound signals at the eastbound frontage road. The remaining signals at the eastbound frontage road were installed in 1992 as part of the Yale Avenue widening project. Another change has been S.H. 66 replacing U.S. 66, which occurred in 1985. Photo taken May 1995.
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