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Bobby5280

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Re: Driving Forward OK
« Reply #175 on: February 09, 2018, 02:53:24 PM »

I heard the new toll plaza on I-44 between Lawton and Chickasha will open next Tuesday evening, February 13. I wonder how long it will take to demolish the old toll plaza on the South side of Chickasha.
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Re: Driving Forward OK
« Reply #176 on: February 09, 2018, 06:16:53 PM »

The new toll plaza on the Muskogee Turnpike at Coweta has been open for a few months now.
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Re: Driving Forward OK
« Reply #177 on: February 10, 2018, 08:21:11 AM »

What an ugly looking toll plaza.  Up here, our tollway authority has been building things like this: https://goo.gl/maps/HgrQRP8rXnq

What's the purpose of the walkway above the toll plaza?

That's an optical illusion.  Go back to post #149.  There is a closeup that shows each direction has 2 gantries, one for the signage and one for the Pikepass readers
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Re: Driving Forward OK
« Reply #178 on: February 10, 2018, 11:18:15 AM »

What an ugly looking toll plaza.  Up here, our tollway authority has been building things like this: https://goo.gl/maps/HgrQRP8rXnq

What's the purpose of the walkway above the toll plaza?

That's an optical illusion.  Go back to post #149.  There is a closeup that shows each direction has 2 gantries, one for the signage and one for the Pikepass readers

The walkway above the toll plaza in the link given is in Illinois. Post #149 is in Oklahoma. The walkway above the toll plaza definitely exists and is not an optical illusion.
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Re: Driving Forward OK
« Reply #179 on: February 11, 2018, 01:44:18 PM »

What an ugly looking toll plaza.  Up here, our tollway authority has been building things like this: https://goo.gl/maps/HgrQRP8rXnq

Sorry, I thought they were referring to the Elgin, OK plaza.

What's the purpose of the walkway above the toll plaza?

That's an optical illusion.  Go back to post #149.  There is a closeup that shows each direction has 2 gantries, one for the signage and one for the Pikepass readers

The walkway above the toll plaza in the link given is in Illinois. Post #149 is in Oklahoma. The walkway above the toll plaza definitely exists and is not an optical illusion.
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Re: Driving Forward OK
« Reply #180 on: June 30, 2018, 06:30:27 AM »



The turnpikes hit peak traffic in 2008 and have been declining slowly but steadily since then. Heck, even on the busier turnpikes like Muskogee and Turner, there are some days where it's possible to drive 15-20 minutes not see another car; this wasn't possible even when I moved to Tulsa in 2010.

I can't believe you really believe your statement in bold above.  I've been riding/driving the Turner since the early 60's.  It has NEVER had so little traffic that you could go 15-20 minutes w/o seeing any traffic, even at 3 in the morning (which I did quite a bit while at college at TU).  I have NEVER been on any stretch of the Turner at any time of the day or night that I have gone more than 3 minutes w/o seeing other traffic.

The stretch of the Muskogee Turnpike west of Muskogee has heavy traffic at times. The stretch south ("east") of Muskogee is less busy, but 15 or 20 minutes without seeing another vehicle? That's ludicrous. Even at 4am you might go 3 minutes without meeting another car. What a laughable thing to say.

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Re: Driving Forward OK
« Reply #181 on: June 30, 2018, 07:28:59 AM »

I was on the Turnpike sections of Interstate 44. While Interstate 35 has much more traffic, Interstate 44 Turnpikes are filled with traffic.
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Re: Driving Forward OK
« Reply #182 on: July 01, 2018, 03:32:45 PM »

Even though I-44 doesn't have its number ending in a "5" or "0" it is still a major route in the Interstate system. It's basically the main road linking the NE United States to destinations in the Southwest US. The road needs at least 3 lanes in each direction between OKC and Tulsa. I think there's other stretches of it in Oklahoma and Missouri that should be widened as well.
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Re: Driving Forward OK
« Reply #183 on: July 01, 2018, 09:41:29 PM »

Even though I-44 doesn't have its number ending in a "5" or "0" it is still a major route in the Interstate system. It's basically the main road linking the NE United States to destinations in the Southwest US. The road needs at least 3 lanes in each direction between OKC and Tulsa. I think there's other stretches of it in Oklahoma and Missouri that should be widened as well.

I would second that.  Between those stretches, and I-40 between L.R. and Memphis should take care of most of the bottlenecks in mid-America.
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