OWASSO, Okla. - Drivers headed back to work, after the long holiday weekend, found themselves sitting in traffic on Highway 169, during the morning rush hour.
FOX23 found out the early morning lane closures, at 46th Street North, had nothing to do with helping workers beat the heat.
An ODOT contractor closed the inside lane, in both the north and southbound directions, a little after 5AM Monday, and the lanes will stay closed for the next 3-4 weeks.
FOX23 spoke with a construction supervisor on the scene.
He tells us heat like we are experiencing this week slows the workers a little, but most of the work being done is with equipment, and their equipment can handle the heat.
The contractor is building a new center pier for the new westbound State Highway 266 bridge over Highway 169.
The company says they have to close the inside lanes for the next few weeks, because there's not enough room to work in the median.
He says when the temperature gets above 95 degrees, and they've got to pave or pour concrete, they have to start work at midnight.
He tells FOX23 they are already planning to do that in about two weeks, when they start paving the westbound lanes of 46th Street North.
We found out workers will have to close the outside lane, southbound, on Highway 169, in a few days, but the supervisor says there will always be two lanes open on Highway 169.
The supervisor also told FOX23 the project is on schedule, and work is expected to be finished in mid-September.