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August 20, 2018

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Turner Turnpike Detour to 66

Looks like the Turner Turnpike will be closed for motorists going east between I-35 and Wellston overnight Monday. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority doesn’t say what work its doing but presumably it’s connected to the EOC. Traffic will reroute up to SH 66 and can get back on the Turner at Wellston. From the OTA’s social

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

Clean Shorts Film Fest at EOC

One hundred movies for $5! What an excellent deal. The Clean Shorts Film Festival is this weekend at Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center in Choctaw.  The fourth annual independent film celebration begins Friday and runs through Saturday. EOC’s Digital Media program organizes this festival that showcases independent films that are appropriate for most audiences. With

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

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

The Turnpike Wins at the State Supreme Court

The State Supreme Court today gave the nod to a $480 million bond issuance to fund the Driving Forward turnpike program, including the Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike. The case has been stalled at the state high court since early October following a referee hearing where attorneys for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority pled its case. In addition, the “protestant” Jerry Fent

Lawsuit Stalls Driving Forward Program

A lawsuit filed against the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority last Friday has halted plans OTA had to advance its $600 million Driving Forward program, for now. It also is stalling work on the controversial Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike. The OTA on Tuesday voted to “table” a move to increase toll hikes to pay for the new projects.

A suit, a tollhike and bonds

The group against the construction of the Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike was surprised and pleased to learn that an Oklahoma City attorney has sued the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority on a constitutionality complaint. According to news reports, Jerry Fent filed the suit against OTA Friday in the Oklahoma Supreme Court. He is pressing his claim that state laws

Driving Forward Drives Forward

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority held its monthly meeting on Monday. Authority members unanimously approved “design route alignments on the Driving Forward Program” for the Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike and the Southwest Kilpatrick expansion. The proposed alignments were presented publicly on April 14, 2015.  The agenda item read: In 1987, by passage and approval of House

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