ACCESS PROGRAM UPDATE
Until the Oklahoma Supreme Court issues its decision on OTA’s application for approval of bonds, the OTA does not have access to the bond market to fund planning and construction activities for the ACCESS Oklahoma Program. Effective January 11th, OTA has resumed work in a limited capacity with only select sections of certain corridors restarted. Those sections are noted on each individual project page.
At this time no planning work is active on the South Extension, Tri-City Connector, Gilcrease Expressway, or the portion of the East-West Connector east of Air Depot Blvd./24th Ave. NE. As always, please reach out to the ACCESS hotline or the appropriate corridor manager with any project-related questions.
ACCESS Oklahoma stands for Advancing and Connecting Communities and Economies Safely Statewide. This $5 billion, 15-year long-range
plan identifies and addresses on-going highway infrastructure needs to improve access to communities across the Oklahoma turnpike network.
The interactive GIS map below shows the program’s preliminary alignments and locations which are within the orange shaded areas. The shaded areas are approximately 1200 ft wide and provide a starting point for environmental impact studies. Design engineers will use information from those studies to narrow the alignments to approximately 600 ft or less. Those changes will be updated through this public platform.
OTA’s #1 priority is the safety and security of our travelers. These projects will create safer Oklahoma roadways by addressing current needs and providing increased access to communities across the Oklahoma turnpike network.
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These additional routes and improvements will provide motorists alternative travel options. This helps improve safety and decrease congestion and travel time, directly relates to one’s quality of life.
Oklahomans need to proactively address these issues to improve safety and enhance access to jobs and commerce in our state. Every mile and dollar we invest in our roads and bridges today pays dividends for future generations across our state.
The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has a program information hotline for those who have concerns and questions regarding the ACCESS Oklahoma Program.