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What readers say about Oklahoma's turnpikes

Oklahoman Modified: September 22, 2012 at 10:28 pm •  Published: September 24, 2012
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“The turnpike that I use is well maintained, and when the winter weather moves in it's the first roadway that is clear. The money spent on it is well worth the cost for the most part.”

— Christopher Howeth, El Reno

“I think that if it takes extra funding that's not available to drive on a smooth, well maintained and safe roadway all of the time — I am for it. If we don't pay for the benefit, the money has to be found elsewhere. What program will be cut to do this? If you don't want to drive on a turnpike, take another road.” — Bob Impson, Muskogee

“I personally don't take the turnpike because of the cost, plus the toll machines are very sensitive. If you don't put your money (in) slowly, it doesn't work properly. I will go the long way to avoid the hassle and cost.” — Randy Bartel, Oklahoma City

“When I was a young child, the H.E. Bailey Turnpike was being constructed and ultimately opened in April of 1964. At that time, we (Oklahoma residents) were told that as soon as the road paid for itself the toll booths would be taken down. We were sold a bill of goods. It will (at this rate) never be a dedicated road that does not cost to navigate; there will always be repairs, upgrades, and overhead that will never be finally accomplished.” — Vickie Ange, Lawton

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