Emergency crews closed a number of highways in Oklahoma Thursday morning due to flooding.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) released a list of highway closures across the state as of 11 a.m. Thursday. Officials said they are closely monitoring these highway closures, but cannot estimate how quickly floodwater will recede and allow these highways to reopen.
Even after water levels go down, officials said highways and bridges may have underlying damage that will have to be repaired before they are opened to traffic.
Here's a list of highway closures across the state.
Travel discouraged on I-35 in southern Oklahoma due to multiple closures, traffic detoured Northbound I-35 is closed just south of US-77/Turner Falls (mm 51) in Murray County until further notice due to ongoing cleanup of debris falling onto the highway caused by heavy rain. ODOT crews are assessing the situation and do not currently have an estimate for reopening the highway. Law enforcement is diverting traffic and drivers should follow the detour routes listed below.
Northbound and southbound I-35 is closed between SH-142 in Ardmore and SH-53 in Springer in Carter County due to flooding.
These are the suggested detour routes to avoid the I-35 corridor in southern Oklahoma:
Southbound I-35 traffic should detour to westbound I-44 (going south) in Oklahoma City and continue to Chickasha, then take US-81 south to Duncan and continue to Texas.
Northbound I-35 traffic should detour on eastbound SH-142 in Ardmore to SH-199 and continue east to US-177 in Dickson, then travel north on US-177 to SH-29 back to I-35.
Southbound traffic from northeast Oklahoma and Tulsa area should use southbound US-69 and US-75 to Durant, and continue south to Texas.
Closed Due to Flooding
The following highways are closed due to high water. Updates will be issued as conditions change. Do NOT drive into high water. Drivers are cautioned to heed warning signs and to not drive around barricades.
US-70 West is closed between I-35 in Ardmore and SH-76 near Wilson.
SH-76 is closed between Healdton and US-70 and closed several locations between Healdton and Ratliff City.
SH-80 is closed to through traffic about four miles west of Hulbert between SH-51 and US-62.
SH-74 is closed one mile north of SH-7, south of Elmore City.
SH-74 is closed to through traffic between Maysville and Elmore City. Detour on SH-19, US-77 and SH-29.
SH-89 is closed between US-70 and SH-32 south of Ringling.
US-70 is closed 8 miles west of Ringling.
US-377/SH-99 is closed to through traffic just south of Tishomingo. While water has receded off the roadway, flooding and debris have damaged parts of the bridge. Water remains too high at this time for a full bridge inspection to determine the extent of potential damage. Traffic is detoured on SH-1/SH-22 through Ravia and US-177/SH-199.
US-270 is closed between Wister and Heavener and US-271 at Wister. Signs are in place and traffic will be detoured to Poteau and Heavener.
SH-77 Scenic is closed at Lake Murray State Park.
SH-96 is closed south of SH-32.
SH-32 is closed at Mud Creek 3 miles east of the Jefferson County line.
SH-199 is closed at the Ft. Washita bridge about five miles west of SH-48.
US-77 is closed between SH-7 and I-35 near Davis.
SH-7 westbound is closed in Davis at the US-77 South junction.
SH-48 is closed 1.5 miles south of I-40 at the Canadian River.
US-75A is closed the rail road overpass on the north side of Beggs.
SH-31 is closed west of McAlester.
Closed due to flooding damage
The following highways are closed due to high water. Updates will be issued as conditions change.
SH-11 between US-81 in Medford and SH-132 is open to one lane with traffic signals while surface damage is repaired on the construction detour.
SH-33 is closed about three miles west of the SH-74F junction near Cashion. This closure is expected to last several more weeks while a contractor finishes a nearby bridge construction project.
SH-54 is closed to through traffic just south of SH-9 near Gotebo after flooding damaged a construction detour near an ongoing project. Traffic is detoured using SH-19 to US-183 to SH-55.
SH-1 is closed between US-271 and US-259 through the Ouachita National Forest due to damage from a land slide.
US-259 is closed at the Red River due to flooding-related damage on both the Oklahoma and Texas sides of the Red River bridge. Drivers must find an alternate route traveling into Texas.
SH-102 is open to only local traffic between SH-9 and SH-59B as crews repair damage to surface and drainage areas of the highway. The roadway may reopen within a week.
US-271 is open to one lane south of Clayton as a contractor continues making repairs to shore up severe erosion after heavy rains in May damaged both the roadway and the road bed. Permanent repairs are expected to take up to eight weeks to complete.