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"Newsradio one thousand eight k seventy four degrees in Oklahoma City windfall. Talking to Terry engineer, the chief of media and public relations at the Oklahoma department of transportation, if you're just joining me she said three hundred and sixty works zones. This summer across the state of Oklahoma was talking about the most recent ones. Of course, I two thirty five that we all know is coming that's going to have the four flyovers, which is crazy and then right out here close to fifty pen where we're located the the western bridge. And I forty four is going to be rehabbed as well. As further down Martin Luther King is going to be rehabbed. So it's going to be pretty intense around here. Isn't it Terry? Absolutely. It is. And again, we really do everything we can to try and stay off the roads as much as possible, and they'll work overnight one possible, but just by the nature of sin cones and barrels in the way and narrower lanes if we can find detour route, which there's plenty around this area. We would really appreciate it. And it helps people not to be sitting in traffic the wasting their time as well. I very well said well said, okay, I have to ask about the Oklahoma City boulevard because it's a city street that oh dot is actually doing for the city of Oklahoma City. Where are we on the completion of it? Well, not I think the cross town project, as you know, one over the years, we've talked about this probably would defy would be the one project that defines my Korea more than any other project because I was very involved in from day one in ninety five ninety six time period. When we started to talk about this. And I am happy to say I'm glad to see this whole project. Come to fruition. Finally by fall, this share the last segment of the boulevard between western and shields or a e k gal Gaylord boulevard will be complete and at that point the whole corridor would be done because we considered the boulevard part of our cross on a project, and then it'll be handed over to the city boulevard parts. So I am just so excited to see the twenty five years of this project. Coming to completion. And just can't wait to see what I have seen over the years in plans and rendering come to life. It's just amazing, isn't it? And it's amazing now I you one of the reporters who really reported on this. I want to thank people like you. Because no matter what the situation in terms of some of the aspects of a project that people don't agree or do agree with. It's always good to be informed and good to be able to get that information. And you're one of those people who did that. I was interesting to. Yes. Thank you very much. But what I'm kind of interested in is when you take that exit, and you go down into Oklahoma City, and then you're kind of there on the boulevard, and then the next thing, you know, I think right at Classen. It's going to go back kind of on the original route of the. Cross town is that right? That's great right about western. It will actually be a bridge because you know, this is all in working with the city and there needs and they felt like a combination of at ground and bridge would walk better for commuters coming for example, from the west side and not being not being slowed down a different stops on stop lights, which is what the at grade will do. So this is a combination. And it's in conjunction with what the city needs are the boulevard was really almost entirely us listening to what the city wanted and trying to do what we could as best with the federal guidelines to make it work. So fall of twenty nineteen correct? Fall of twenty nineteen and I am hoping we have a major street party. Yeah. That's that's good. I like that. You know, I will say what has surprised me about these four flyovers is when we moved across town further south. I thought it was because the current cross town up on bridges was so hard to maintain. Do we have better materials now with these flyovers or what made the department of transportation decide to do the flyovers why? So an inner change is a little different dentistry tie way. Which what which is what the cross pound was where you can actually put it at grade or on the ground and be done and with crossover streets, a different, you know, intersections with interchanges, especially one like to. Thirty five on I fully four you'll getting major interstates crossing over each other and all four of them will be fly overs. Two of them would be fly overs over the I two thirty five and I forty four interstates. So two of them will be sly over's going from the west to south-and-north because most of the traffic really is to the west of west of that interchange. So all full whom before overs, but two of them will be for the ramp that take you from the different directions between I forty four. I two thirty five. And can we make them where on icy days? People can still use them. Oh, absolutely. And that's one of things they're there that was into planning. I'm the grading the way they do it. And they make sure they keep that in mind, and because the highest point they'll be will be more on the side, the inner change. Going toward west that should be an easy thing to do. It's very hard frankly to imagine it. It took me several different look set the plans and having our engineers explain it. So it's hard to explain, but it's going to really be state of the art facility when it's over. And again before I forget, even though I don't want to end with bad news. We do have a couple of ramp closures as part of this project one at sixty third off ramp for a coupla months. So right now, we're looking at forty five to sixty days later in the project, maybe six to nine months from now.."