By The Banner Staff
The Duncan Banner
MOORE, Okla. —
Oklahoma Department of Transportation is requesting that motorists avoid I-35 through Moore, S. 19th Street because the ramp is closed and emergency and clean-up crews are hampering their efforts.
They issued this release today at 12:48 p.m.
“Heavy traffic in the area has been greatly hindering clean-up operations and ongoing emergency response. All I-35 off-ramps in Moore are now open except southbound I-35 off-ramp to S. 19th St.
Law enforcement crews are still restricting access to neighborhoods with only essential personnel and homeowners allowed access.
All motorists and general public should find alternate routes.
ODOT/OTA Crews mobilized to help with clean-up operations
Beginning Wednesday morning and continuing today, ODOT crews joined with those from other federal, state and local agencies as to assist with debris removal and cleanup. Combined, roughly 400 ODOT and OTA crew members and 200 pieces of heavy equipment have been deployed to assist with debris clean-up efforts as requested. While the department’s primary focus will be removal of debris from routes on the state highway system, such as I-35 and SH-37, about 60 maintenance workers have been assigned to assist with clearing all major north/south local streets in Moore and southwest Oklahoma City. As debris removal continues, ODOT is working with city officials to ensure safe removal and disposal of rubble.