Overnight closure at portion of N. Flood Avenue beginning June 17, 2024

Flood Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Robinson Street will be closed overnight (between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.) on 6/17/24 and 6/18/24 to facilitate permanent striping operations for the new Flood Avenue roundabout. After 6 a.m. on both days, lanes will reopen for traffic. Work timeline and progress may be dependent on weather.

A detour route will be placed for southbound Flood Avenue traffic via Rock Creek Road, Stubbeman Avenue and Robinson Street.  The northbound Flood Avenue traffic detour will utilize Robinson Street, Stubbeman Avenue and Rock Creek Road.  Travelers are encouraged to pay close attention to all construction traffic control signs and devices, and if possible find alternate routes to avoid congestion.

Questions may be directed to 405-366-5265.


History of the Project

On October 13, 2015, Norman Voters approved the $150 million, 15-year, Norman Forward Sales Tax initiative.  The program outlined various citywide projects to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Norman.  One of these projects is the James Garner Avenue – Acres Street to Flood Avenue project.  The current construction cost for the project is approximately $7.9 million.  Of that, approximately $4.8 million, will be paid from federal grant funds, and the remainder will be paid with Norman Forward Funds.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation conducted a bid opening on October 20, 2022, for the James Garner Avenue Norman Forward Project.  The low bidder was Redlands Contracting, LLC of Warr Acres, Oklahoma.  ODOT awarded the project on November 7, 2022.  This project has a 460-calendar day construction schedule, which will likely result in an early summer 2024 completion.  The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is administering the construction of this project, with the assistance of Smith Roberts Baldischwiler. 

Proposed improvements for the James Garner Phase 2 Norman Forward Project include:

  • Construction of a new roadway extension of James Garner Avenue beginning from just north of Acres Street adjacent to the Norman Municipal Library and extending north of Robinson Street to connect to Flood Avenue.
  • New multilane roundabout intersection between the Flood Avenue and the new James Garner extension
  • A new vehicular and pedestrian bridge over Robinson Street with aesthetics honoring James Garner as the roadway’s namesake.           
  • Reconstruction and extension of the Legacy Trail with improved pedestrian lighting.
  • Low Impact Development such as plantings and landscaping in the roadway medians and at bridge abutments to filter runoff and help prevent erosion.
  • Reconfigured connections between local streets from Johnson Street to Himes Street.
  • Decorative roadway lighting and landscaping.