A major reconstruction of the 41st Street and Sheridan Road intersection has reduced the heavy traffic jams that once occurred daily at the intersection. The intersection was rebuilt with concrete and had right-turn lanes added for the remaining three directions (eastbound already had such a lane). A new traffic signal was installed, and the left-turn medians were removed. The intersection was part of a larger 1991 sales tax project that widened and reconstructed Sheridan Road to five lanes between the Broken Arrow Expressway and 42nd Street. Work began on this section of Sheridan Road, which originally was four lanes with a median, in 1997 and was completed in 1998. A separate 1991 sales tax project added a center turn lane to Sheridan Road between 42nd and 50th streets by adding a half lane to each side and then restriping the roadway. In the background, work is under way on replacing the I-44 bridges as part of the work to widen the interstate to six lanes in the area. The old bridges still are in use, and their piers can be seen as those that are slightly closer to Sheridan Road. The outer portions of the new bridges are being constructed first, and traffic will be detoured to those sections while the old bridges are demolished and replaced with the remaining portions of the new bridges. Photo taken May 1999.
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