South Extension Turnpike
Tommy Evans, PE
Poe & Associates
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)
New alignment high-speed expressway facility
The extension from the East-West Connector near Indian Hills Rd. south to I-35 near Purcell expands the mobility of the southeast Oklahoma City metro by providing greater access to local communities. This will be a vital corridor for the transportation network of central Oklahoma by providing an alternate route to I-35 for traffic between southern, eastern and northeastern Oklahoma as well as providing an additional Canadian River Crossing.
The project includes interchanges at:
- East-West Connector
- Alameda Drive
- Etowah Rd
New Alignment - South of South Extension Interchange Extending South to East Rock Creek Road
New Alignment - South of East Rock Creek Road Extending South Including Alameda Drive Interchange
New Alignment - South of Alameda Drive Interchange Extending South Including SH-9 Interchange
New Alignment - South of SH-9 Interchange Extending South to Etowah Road Interchange
New Alignment - Etowah Road Interchange Extending South to US-77 Interchange
New Alignment - US-77 Interchange Extending SouthWest over the South Canadian River
New Alignment - SouthWest of South Canadian River Extending West to I-35 Interchange then Extending to SH-74
ACCESS OKLAHOMA PODCAST - SOUTH EXTENSION TURNPIKE
Milestones will be added as project progresses.
Apr. 14, 2023
OTA placed all work on the ACCESS program on pause.
Jan. 18, 2023
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation denied OTA’s application to cross two sections of its property with the South Extension Turnpike, citing that it does not meet the Congressionally authorized purposes for the land. The decision by the USBR could require OTA to modify the direction of the proposed alignment of the South Extension turnpike to avoid USBR fee title land.
Dec. 8, 2022
OTA placed all work on the South Extension Corridor on pause.
June 8, 2022
Contracts executed for the following firms to begin engineering design on the second priority East-West Connector projects:
May 27, 2022
Contracts executed for the following firms to begin engineering design:
April 14-21, 2022
A series of four public meetings were hosted by OTA to discuss the new alignments in the ACCESS program.
April 13, 2022
ACCESS Oklahoma Newsletter sent out to property owners in the vicinity of the corridor.
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.