Work to begin on Oklahoma turnpikes
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Five contruction projects totaling $27.6 million are about to start on the Turner Turnpike, but Oklahoma Turnpike Authority officials say steps are being taken to ease disruption for motorists.
OTA assistant director Tim Stewart said Wednesday most of the projects will begin after the Independence Day holiday weekend. Stewart says to minimize delays work will be done at night.
Stewart says more than half the projects were to begin last year, but the Turnpike Authority didn't have the funding.
Tolls, the agency's sole funding source, were increased on the system's 10 turnpikes to offset declining traffic, and OTA spokesman Jack Damrill says the hike allowed the agency to pay for the projects.
The largest project is $8.9 million in work on Interstate 44 near Tulsa.