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This project connects L.L. Tisdale to I-44 and completes the Western loop around the Tulsa metro area. It will help relieve urban traffic congestion during peak periods. It will also provide a new and more direct route to city attractions and points of interest in the Tulsa urban core. 

Completed: Nov. 2017 - This reconstruction occurred between Creek Turnpike interchange and State Highway 51 near Coweta. As a result, it allows for a safer and more drivable surface and provide increased safety features.

The Turner Turnpike is a vital turnpike corridor that connects Oklahoma’s two metro areas. Improving safety and convenience on this road is a priority for the OTA. This reconstruction/safety project will occur between Bristow and the Creek Turnpike West (State Highway 364) section of the Turner Turnpike. In the last five years there have been 15 fatalities and 514 wrecks on this section of road. This project will create an “urban turnpike corridor” with lighting, wider lanes and the addition of lanes. It will allow for the future creation of truck-specific lanes for quick and safe access.

This project will allow for a connection from Eastern Oklahoma County to vital intersections for travel. This will produce a drive-time reduction to access Tulsa from the OKC Metro and a needed new loop to alleviate current congested traffic in the Oklahoma City area. Construction will link I-40 and I-44 (Turner Turnpike) in Eastern Oklahoma County.

Completed: Feb. 13, 2018 - This project provides for wider lanes and enhanced safety features for travel as well as improved technology for toll plaza locations for customer convenience.

This project will be an extension of the Kilpatrick Turnpike that will connect SW OKC and the metro area at-large with the urban core.  It will increase access and offer another route for Will Rogers World Airport. It will occur between I-40 and State Highway 152/Airport Road.

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The five criteria used for determining alignment for transportation corridors are:

1. Minimization of individual impact on the environment and existing property

2. Connectivity to the current transportation system, increasing safety and improving efficient travel

3. Minimize right-of-way acquired for project

4. Topographic features that can impact the cost of development

5. Optimization of traffic and revenue


The Driving Forward initiative is currently under construction with hopes that all projects will be complete in 2021.

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Oklahoma Turnpike Authority



Feb. 13, 2018

The HE Bailey Turnpike's Chickasha toll plaza opens. Project completed. 

November 2017

The Muskogee Turnpike's Coweta toll plaza opens. Project completed. 

April 26, 2016

Public meeting with Oklahoma and Canadian County residents and community members to discuss the design alignment for the Southwest Kilpatrick Extension. Meeting will be held at the Mustang North Middle School gymnasium from 6 to 8 p.m.

April 14, 2016

Public meeting with Eastern Oklahoma County residents and community members to discuss the design alignment for the Northeast OK County Loop. Meeting was held at the Harrah Church in Harrah from 6 to 8 p.m.

March 29, 2016

Public meeting with Mustang and surrounding area residents and community members to discuss the preliminary alignment for the Southwest Kilpatrick Extension. Meeting was held at the Mustang Town Center in Mustang from 6 to 8 p.m.

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