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August 16, 2018

Turnpike

Turnpike Land

The turnpike work is good for some in Luther. The lunch spots get a rush from the crews and Steve’s Hardware is getting some business. The crews working to build the Eastern Oklahoma County Corridor south of town are marching south from where it connects at the Turner Turnpike between 178th and 164th Streets, criss-crossing

Some Acquired Land Not Needed for New Turnpike

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority recently approved requests to surplus a number of parcels of land along Luther Road in Harrah that it purchased for the new Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike. An OTA spokesman said the parcels of land that are about 12 acres each will go to auction. The properties are all along Luther Road

Suspect gets away after chase through Luther

A quiet afternoon in Luther was interrupted Sunday with a high-speed chase from the Turner Turnpike that went through Town. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Kera Philippi said the incident began about 3 pm Sunday when a trooper tried to pull over a black Ford pickup truck in Oklahoma City on the Kilpatrick Turnpike with an expired

Turner Turnpike Closures

Turnpike travelers, take note: the Turner Turnpike will have numerous overnight closures starting June 7 as construction ramps up on the new Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike. Motorists will have be detoured to State Highway 66. The closures are to accommodate installation of bridge beams near Luther Road on the new interchange that connects the Turner

Turnpike Construction Begins

Two years after the announcement of the controversial Eastern Oklahoma Turnpike, dirt work has quietly begun. There was no fanfare, groundbreaking or ribbon cutting – but the dirt movers are on the scene between 164th and the current Turner Turnpike next to Luther Road. It’s where the $400 million dollar roads begins. It will end

Toll hikes and driving forward

We knew it was coming. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority approved three rate hikes more than a year ago to help pay for the new turnpikes being built. The OTA board reaffirmed the next phase of the hike at its meeting this week. Click here for a copy of 2018 Toll Rates. We’ll start paying more

Turnpike Update

UPDATE: Since we posted this update earlier this week, we had a couple of reader questions. Here are the answers supplied by Jack Damrill, communications director, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. I can’t tell from the map what the blue line on 164th street going west from Luther Road signifies, do you know? DAMRILL: “The blue lines

Turnpike Bond Sale is Imminent

With another constitutional challenge cleared in court, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is proceeding with his $480 million bond sale to fund its new turnpike program, Driving Forward. At Tuesday’s OTA meeting, Director Tim Gatz told the Authority that the bond sale will be announced in newspapers next week. Officials later said the announcement will be in newspapers

Turnpike Authority Sued for Fraud

A dictionary, the state’s Open Records laws, the Oklahoma constitution and meeting minutes of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority were cited in Tuesday’s lawsuit challenging the OTA’s funding of its proposed $480 million Driving Forward Program. Constitutional advocate Jerry Fent filed the lawsuit 20 days after the court denied his earlier protests that the OTA’s practices

New Year, New Turnpike battles

Constitutional advocate Jerry Fent is not done with his fight against the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. Twenty days ago, the Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected the Oklahoma City attorney’s claim that the funding mechanism for the proposed $480 million Driving Forward turnpike program violated the constitution by logrolling (combining more than one project at a time) and

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