ODOT engaged CDR to develop aesthetic designs and options for an 11-mile Aesthetic Master Plan for the I-40 Corridor, between I-35 and the Choctaw Road Interchange. This corridor will serve as a gateway for the 20,000 commuters that use the interchange daily.
The new “Freedom Freeway” will show the state’s pride and commitment to America’s armed forces as commuters travel from Oklahoma City, through Midwest City and Del City, and pass by Tinker Air Force Base, the largest and most famous “single-site” employer in Oklahoma.
In this design proposal, one of CDR’s retaining wall options includes an American flag retaining wall, with a field of stars and undulating stripes that emulate the flag blowing in the wind.
Striking chevron patterns and flying jet formations are also featured on a number of highway walls, as well as other design components, such as the United States Air Force logo within several bridge facia, luminated by dramatic LED lighting, that tie together the various aspects of this unique and noteworthy 11-mile corridor. These dynamic patterns give the structures a contextual and lively sense of movement as commuters drive past them.