Lifting Tolls on Will Rogers Turnpike May Relieve Congestion
June 16, 2000
An agreement between the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority will lift the 50-cent toll from the 13-mile stretch of the Will Rogers Turnpike between Claremore and Catoosa, but it may not happen for some time.
As reported by the Tulsa World
, it may take five years or so for the toll to be eliminated. The action must be coordinated with the construction of the Will Rogers (I-44) and U.S. 412 with the new Creek Turnpike loop, which is a mile east of Catoosa. However, providing Claremore a toll-free interstate connection with Tulsa is not the most important issue. Relieving the growing congestion at the end of the turnpike, where I-44, Oklahoma 66 and U.S. 412 come together, is top priority.
According to the paper, earlier statements by transportation officials indicate construction of the I-44, U.S. 412 and Creek Turnpike interchange will transfer some traffic away from the western end of the Will Rogers, easing congestion.