If the Oklahoma
Transportation Authority approves a measure Thursday, drivers
soon could be driving faster on the Kilpatrick Turnpike. The OTA
will consider a speed limit change from 65 mph to 70 mph on the
leg of the Creek Turnpike in the Tulsa area - 9.1 miles east from
the Muskogee Turnpike to the Will Rogers Turnpike at I-44 scheduled
to open Aug.16 - also would be affected by the speed increase.
to an OTA released statement, the increase in speed is in response
to customers' requests for the speed limit on Kilpatrick to be
the same as that on I-40 and I-35. "The speed will be the
same for all vehicles," said Michelle Paul, spokesperson
for the OTA. "The study said only about 3 percent of semi-trucks
use urban turnpikes for travel."
the change, the OTA commissioned a traffic study to assess the
viability of increasing the speed limit. Eighty-five percent of
motorists on Kilpatrick drive 70 mph or lower, the study said.
is expected to be approved at Thursday's meeting. The Transportation
Authority will then send the proposal to Public Safety Department
Commissioner Bob Ricks for final approval.
Authority also will consider approval of a $9.5 million bid for
pavement reconstruction on the Cimarron Turnpike and will review
a cost estimate for the toll collection equipment in conjunction
with the planned reconstruction of the Chandler toll plaza on
the Turner Turnpike.