Authorities Approve $5 Billion Tollway Improvement Plan | Government and politics

“It will be a focused partnership with the City of Tulsa, certainly mirroring the partnership it took to build the Gilcrease West segment,” Transportation Secretary Tim Gatz said. “So we’re very excited about this and look forward to working with the City of Tulsa to make this happen.”

In addition, bridges over the Creek Turnpike over Haikey Creek in Broken Arrow will be worked.

“These bridges have been called rodeo bridges or bumpy bridges in Tulsa,” Oklahoma Turnpike Authority deputy director Joe Scale said. “These bridges need to be rehabilitated, so it’s time. While we rehabilitate, we will review the route on this bridge and make some corrections. »

The projects also include new construction and improvements to various interchanges across the statewide turnpike system at a cost of $186 million.

Several access points on the Indian Nation Turnpike will be changed or fixed, Scale said. An interchange will be added north of McAlester, and a dangerous interchange with US 69 on the south side of McAlester will be redone, he said.

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The project, dubbed ACCESS Oklahoma, will be paid for with bonds. Tolls would have to rise to pay off the bonds.

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