Turner Turnpike Widening – OKC to SH-66, East of Bristow
Jenny Sallee, 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)
Continuation and completion of the reconstruction and widening from I-35 in Oklahoma City to SH-66, east of Bristow, adding lanes, improving/adding interchanges and other safety features to include lights
The Turner Turnpike is a vital corridor that connects Oklahoma’s two metro areas. Improving safety and convenience on this road is a priority for OTA. This reconstruction/safety project will occur between I-35 and SH-66, East of Bristow. These projects will create an “urban turnpike corridor” with lighting, wider lanes and additional lanes. It will allow for the future addition of truck-specific and high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes for quick and safe access. The design package includes interchanges at Post Rd, SH-102, SH-18 in Chandler, N 3503 at Davenport, SH-99 in Stroud, S 481st at Depew, SH-16 and SH-48 at Bristow, and SH-66 East of Bristow.
Widening - I-35 Extending East to Hiwassee Road Including Post Road Interchange
Widening - East of Hiwassee Road Extending East to Kickapoo Turnpike
Widening - Kickapoo Turnpike Extending East 5.0 Miles
Widening - 5.0 Miles East of Kickapoo Turnpike Extending East to Wellston Including SH-102 Interchange
Widening - East of Wellston to West of Chandler
Widening - West of Chandler Extending East Including Chandler Interchange
Widening - East of Chandler Interchange Extending East to West of Davenport
Widening - West of Davenport Extending East to Stroud Including Davenport Interchange
Widening - West of Stroud Rest Area Extending East to Milfay Road Including Stroud Interchange
Widening - Milfay Road Extending East Including Depew Interchange
Widening - East of Depew Interchange Extending East Including Bristow Interchange
Widening - East of Bristow extending to Previously Widened Section Including SH-66 Interchange
ACCESS OKLAHOMA PODCAST - TURNER TURNPIKE
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.
Ground topographic surveys to begin. Certain property owners near these projects could receive letters requesting access on their property.
May 20, 2022
Plans submitted for construction contractor bidding for the section just east of Bristow Interchange to the completed section near SH-66. Project design was completed under the Driving Forward Program. This includes a new interchange at SH-66.
Apr. 26 - May 19, 2022
Contracts executed for engineering design firms to begin from Bristow westward including the Bristow Interchange.
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.