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US71:
Arkansas Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton plus Senator Jim Inhoffe of Oklahoma are proposing an upgrade
US 412 as an interstate Highway from I-35 to I-49.

I don't see why it's needed. Looks to me they are wasting time and effort .

Finrod:
Does anyone know how close the Cimarron Turnpike is to interstate standards?  That would be the segment from I-35 to Tulsa.

US 89:

--- Quote from: Finrod on May 22, 2021, 03:13:59 PM ---Does anyone know how close the Cimarron Turnpike is to interstate standards?  That would be the segment from I-35 to Tulsa.

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Most of the Cimarron Turnpike has a cable barrier or even a grass median with no left shoulder.

Finrod:
Would the spur to Stillwater get a 3DI?  At 8 miles it's longer than I-865 in Indiana, and has a half exit three-quarters of a mile from its west end, giving it half an exit more than I-865.

Scott5114:

--- Quote from: US71 on May 22, 2021, 02:35:11 PM ---Arkansas Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton plus Senator Jim Inhoffe of Oklahoma are proposing an upgrade
US 412 as an interstate Highway from I-35 to I-49.

I don't see why it's needed. Looks to me they are wasting time and effort .

--- End quote ---

A Tulsa to NWA corridor is going to be an increasingly important link as NWA continues to grow. Having it as an Interstate designation provides a  motivation to do something about the gap between the Cherokee Turnpike and I-49. Once you have an Interstate between Tulsa and NWA, extending it west along the road out of Tulsa to I-35 makes a whole lot of sense.

I'm all for it.


--- Quote from: Finrod on May 22, 2021, 03:33:09 PM ---Would the spur to Stillwater get a 3DI?  At 8 miles it's longer than I-865 in Indiana, and has a half exit three-quarters of a mile from its west end, giving it half an exit more than I-865.

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It could get a 3di, but don't hold your breath. OTA operates a similar spur from the H.E. Bailey Turnpike in Blanchard and Newcastle. Despite spurring off from a pre-existing Interstate and being Interstate-grade enough to carry an 80 mph speed limit, it is just called "H.E. Bailey Spur" and OTA has never applied for an Interstate designation for it.

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