Residents can review and comment now through June 13 on four conceptual drawings for the future Oklahoma City Boulevard.
The 2.4-mile Oklahoma City Boulevard is being constructed by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and will run from Pennsylvania to Byers along the former Interstate 40 route. The boulevard is envisioned as a premier entryway into Oklahoma City and include on-street parking, 15-foot sidewalks and landscaping.
The project will be constructed in phases. A short description of each concept is below:
This concept is the original 6-lane boulevard proposed by ODOT as part of the Interstate-40 relocation project. The intent of this concept is to meet the Federal Highway Administration requirements by providing additional access to downtown Oklahoma City, and to also provide an emergency bypass to I-40 should it ever be required. A long-span bridge is included over Western/Classen/Reno and no on-street parking.
This concept reduces the number of lanes from six lanes to four lanes and provides for on-street parking from Walker to Gaylord. It includes the original concept long-span bridge over Western/Classen/Reno.
This concept, like Alternate B, reduces the number of lanes from six lanes to four lanes and provides for on-street parking from Walker to Gaylord. Following a series of public meetings, the bridge was significantly shortened and now only crosses Western Avenue. A new intersection is created at Reno, and significant portion of the Boulevard that was elevated was returned to grade, which allows additional development in the area and pedestrian access opportunities. Oklahoma City Council adopted a resolution (PDF) in January 2013 in support of this option.
This concept was a result of additional public meetings held in summer 2013, and in response to community input for the study of a grid option. The concept will provide for construction of the Boulevard from the west to Western, and from the east to Walker; however, the section of the boulevard as shown in the other alternates is eliminated and the existing street grid is used for connections to downtown Oklahoma City.
The Concept Matrix is a breakdown of how ODOT scored alternates.
The Environmental Matrix is a breakdown of the alternates' environmental impacts.