Oklahoma Transportation Commission Approves $290M Toll Road Extension

The project had been in the planning stages for decades, and the final 5-mile section from Interstate 44 to Edison Street in Tulsa will help alleviate congestion.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has approved the route for a toll road to complete the Gilcrease Expressway.

Last month, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority adopted a resolution to further work on the project, which has been on the books for decades. The estimated cost of completing the final leg of the project is $290 million.

The five-mile, four-lane roadway will include an adjacent multiuse trail and feature 22 bridges, the most expensive of which will be two Arkansas River crossings.

The extension from Interstate 44 in west Tulsa north to Edison Street will be a toll road owned and operated by the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

“The department has completed a review of the proposed alignment and believes that this facility will enhance the safety and functionality of the existing transportation system,” the agency said in a press release. “The addition will assist in alleviating the growing congestion on major urban interstates and highways in the area and is anticipated to subsequently reduce the number and severity of accidents and improve mobility in the region.”

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