The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has already started re-routing the existing I-40 freeway to approximately S. 7 Street between I-35 and May Avenue.
Gateway to Downtown: Soon after the new freeway is built, the overhead lanes of the current I-40 between Oklahoma and Walker Avenues will be replaced with a new boulevard at ground level. This new street will be the gateway to downtown and encourage new development to compliment recent downtown investments. Completion for the new freeway is targeted for 2012. Construction of the new boulevard will take about 18-24 months and is targeted to start upon completion of the new I-40 Crosstown.
The new I-40 realignment and boulevard will bring significant changes to Oklahoma City, especially to the area between downtown (the “core”) and the Oklahoma River (the “shore”). This will open up new interests for development opportunities and provide better access to neighborhoods and businesses throughout the area between downtown and the river.