Lindsey Street is a prime gateway to downtown Norman and the University of Oklahoma Campus Corner, connecting local businesses and the university campus to I-35. However, major interstate congestion and safety issues along the busy corridor (especially during the rush hour and athletic events), were beginning to cause concern. About 120,000 vehicles per day travel I-35 and SH-9 East in this area daily on average, with significantly higher traffic volumes on college football game days. Something had to be done for safety and congestion regions.
Oklahoma DOT reconstructed a Single Point Urban Interchange, just the third of its kind in the state, to fix the problem. The $71 million I-35 Norman Expansion project also included widening the interstate to six lanes in the area and unique bridge artwork that highlights OU Sooner pride and history and utilizes aesthetics inspired by the Cherokee Gothic style of architecture seen on campus. Now drivers have a far less stressful commute, especially on game day.