TURNPIKES IN OKLAHOMA
• The state’s first turnpike, the Turner Turnpike, opened in 1953. It was intended to be a free roadway by the time it was paid off.
• In 1954, more turnpikes were built and in 1955, state law was changed to allow two or more turnpikes to be combined and financed as one project. The change also allowed cross-pledging of revenues to help pay the obligations of all the turnpikes.
• The last toll increase was in 2001.
• While the state Transportation Department depends on legislative appropriations, the Turnpike Authority receives no tax money to operate the turnpikes.
• The Turnpike Authority has its own maintenance crews that work on the turnpikes.
• The Turnpike Authority still owes about $1.1 billion on bonds used to build the roads. It’s expected the roads could be paid off by 2028.
• Any new toll road or expansion requires legislative approval.
How much tolls will increase
The increases that take effect Aug. 4 vary on each toll road and with each destination on the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority system. Pikepass discounts of about 5 percent still apply. Some examples:
• The trip for a passenger vehicle motorist paying cash from Oklahoma City to Tulsa on the Turner Turnpike will increase 14 percent, from $3.50 to $4.
• The trip for a passenger vehicle motorist paying cash from Oklahoma City to Wichita Falls, Texas, on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike will increase 19 percent, from $4 to $4.75.
• The trip for a passenger vehicle motorist paying cash from Tulsa to the state line on the Will Rogers Turnpike will increase 14 percent, from $3.50 to $4.
• Tolls at various stops on the Creek Turnpike in Tulsa for passenger vehicles increase from 13 percent to 17 percent.