Before reconstruction and widening completed in 2014, I-44 between Riverside Dr. and Yale Ave. in Tulsa was one of the oldest sections of interstate on the highway system, having been built in the 1950s. This segment also had one of the highest crash rates of any interstate in Oklahoma, carrying more than 80,000 vehicles per day on a four-lane segment of urban interstate with substandard curves and on- and off-ramps.
The project combined imperative safety improvements with important infrastructure enhancements from Riverside Dr. to Yale Ave. that will fulfill the area’s highway transportation needs into the future. The highway will help move a projected 60 million tons of freight each year throughout Oklahoma and across the nation by the end of the next decade.
Additionally, the corridor expansion included the construction of a 1.25-mile underground drainage structure connecting to the nearby Arkansas River to help address flooding and stormwater issues in the area.