OUTER LOOP: TRI-CITY CONNECTOR
Outer Loop: Tri-City Connector
Sean Kavanagh, PE, CFM
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 from SH-152 (Airport Rd), south and east to I-44.
The Tri-City Connector is a section of the OKC Outer Loop. For a history of the Outer Loop, click HERE.
The construction includes a new connection from the John Kilpatrick Turnpike terminus at SH-152 (Airport Rd), around the Will Rogers World Airport to I-44, north of the South Canadian River. This project will connect Southwest OKC and the metro area and continue the Outer Loop. It will increase access and offer alternative routes from I-40 to I-44 and, ultimately, I-35. The project includes interchanges at I-44 and SH-152.
New Alignment - SH-152 Extending SouthEast to SW 89th Street Including SW 74th Street Interchange
New Alignment - South of SW 89th Street Extending SouthEast Including SW 104th St Interchange and I-44 Interchange
Content will be continuously provided as project progresses.
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 Tri-City Connector on pause.
April 14-21, 2022
OTA hosted a series of four public meetings to discuss the new alignments in the ACCESS program.
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.