Gilcrease Expressway Widening and Expansion
Greg Coker, PE
ACCESS PROGRAM UPDATE
On Aug. 1, 2023, the Oklahoma Supreme Court affirmed the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s request for bond validation for the ACCESS Oklahoma long-range plan. This means that the 15-year plan, including three new routes to complete the Oklahoma City Outer Loop and relieve I-35 congestion, are now able to move forward.
We are at the beginning stages of this long-range plan. OTA will move forward to enter the bond market, which will allow the Authority to restart the preliminary engineering activities for projects across the state in the coming months.
This long-range plan has always been about the safety of Oklahoma motorists. OTA’s mission is to help facilitate traffic throughout the state by seamlessly connecting with the state highway system, thereby providing a choice for a safe, convenient and efficient user-funded transportation network. Our goal is to provide safe infrastructure while maintaining the lowest toll rate for our customers.
(Updated as of 03/25/22)
Construction of the extension of the Gilcrease Expressway with new interchanges at US-412 and L.L. Tisdale Expressways
This project completes the western loop around the Tulsa metro area, connecting the northern end of the new Gilcrease Expressway west at Edison north and east to LL Tisdale Parkway. The loop will help relieve urban traffic congestion during peak periods and provide a new and more direct route to city attractions and points of interest in the Tulsa urban core. This project will provide safer access to Tulsa destinations and the potential to bolster economic growth and opportunity. It includes interchanges at Newton St, Apache St, N 41st W Ave, N Gilcrease Museum Rd, Osage Dr, LL Tisdale, and MLK Blvd.
US412/Edison Northeast to LL Tisdale Expressway
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Documentation for this project will be added as it becomes available.
Milestones will be added as project progresses.
Apr. 14, 2023
OTA placed all work on the ACCESS program on pause.
Dec. 8, 2022
OTA placed all work on the next phase of the Gilcrease Corridor on pause.
Mar. 11, 2022
Engineering teams assigned to specific projects throughout the program to begin preliminary design and necessary studies of the corridor.
Feb. 22, 2022
Details of the long-range plan, designated as the ACCESS Oklahoma Program, are announced and supporting website published.
Dec. 7, 2021
Secretary Gatz announces the OTA's intent to develop a 15-year long-range transportation infrastructure improvement plan.