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Plutonic Panda:
The Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike is officially starting construction next week. The first phase will be an interchange at I-44.

More information can be found here: http://www.drivingforwardok.com/northeast-ok-county-loop

http://kfor.com/2018/01/08/construction-set-to-begin-on-eastern-oklahoma-county-turnpike/

I am really looking forward to these projects getting done. I will start a thread on the Kilpatrick Extension once it gets underway which should be soon.

[Edited to rename the thread to the turnpike's final name. -S.]

Plutonic Panda:
PS, I am still wondering what they will call this turnpike. An x35 designation would be nice.

As an aside, I would like to see I-44 follow Kilpatrick Turnpike to SH-74 and then go south from there. Seems like it would be easier to do it that way. With the way OKC is growing, it is only a matter of time before the sprawl surrounds a good portion of the Turner Turnpike.

triplemultiplex:

--- Quote from: Plutonic Panda on January 09, 2018, 12:17:21 AM ---PS, I am still wondering what they will call this turnpike. An x35 designation would be nice.

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That would require a direct connection to I-35 at some point... ;)
Certainly a deserving 3di corridor in my book, though.

Plutonic Panda:

--- Quote from: triplemultiplex on January 09, 2018, 09:25:14 AM ---
--- Quote from: Plutonic Panda on January 09, 2018, 12:17:21 AM ---PS, I am still wondering what they will call this turnpike. An x35 designation would be nice.

--- End quote ---

That would require a direct connection to I-35 at some point... ;)
Certainly a deserving 3di corridor in my book, though.

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The preliminary alignment(which is still available online to view) showed a stub extending northward over I-44. They have changed that with the final alignment and now show a stub extending southwards of I-40 about 1/4 mile past the interchange similar to the Kilpatrick stub in SW OKC.

That tells me the OTA intends to create a loop around Norman possibly connecting to I-35. In a perfect world, Iíd like to see SH-9 realigned through the southern interchange on I-35 and a new stack interchange built along with a new bridge going over the river. It would eventually reconnect with SH-9 somewhere further east of OU.

Anyways, the OTA obviously some sort of intention with extending the EOC south and Iíd like to know what it is. Thatís why Iím anxious for these projects to get done as I suspect itís rather a matter of time before the next round of projects are announced.

I just hope they are working with cities to prevent the clusterfuck that is the SW Kilpatrick ext.

Bobby5280:
I think chances are slim this rural turnpike will get an Interstate designation. Most likely it will get another OK-3XX designation, if it gets a highway number at all.

Converting OK-9 to a freeway through the South side of Norman is do-able even though it would be a tight squeeze. I don't know what kinds of political opposition could develop against such a thing. But a connection from OK-9 to directly to this new turnpike would make it more valuable and worth of a I-x35 or I-x44 number. Such a road could increase chances of buiding a freeway along or near OK-9 from Riverwind Casino over to the H.E. Bailey Turnpike extension. That would create a complete southern half of an outer loop around OKC. It would leave the clusterf*** and resulting Breezewood in Mustang as the only gap in a complete OKC outer loop.

I don't like those tiny cloverleaf ramps at both the I-44 and I-40 interchanges. Cheap cheap cheap.

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