I-40 Near Shawnee Reopens After Flaw Repaired

Monday, November 14th 2011, 8:24 am
By: News 9

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says a westbound lane of Interstate 40 near Shawnee that was closed because of an expansion joint problem has reopened.

Officials said the work was completed about 2 p.m. Monday.

The joint buckled on a bridge about 3 a.m., and highway crews arrived to work on the road about 6 a.m. A spokesman says crews had to replace the expansion joint.

Ramps at the U.S. Highway 177 interchange were closed and have also reopened.

The 15-foot piece of metal jutted out of the road early Monday morning.  It flattened the tires of several vehicles before the lane was closed.