TV Station Explains Why Oklahoma Turnpike Tolls Are Never Likely to Go Away

KTUL reports that tolls on the Oklahoma Turnpike are “unlikely to ever go away.” As the station explains it, “The “free turnpike” promise was made in 1947. After the bonds issued to build the Turner Turnpike were paid off, driving those roads would be free.” However, that promise “was broken in 1954, with voter approval. Two state questions passed in 1954 allowed the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority to use ‘cross funding,’” which, as explained by OTA’s Tim Gatz, “means the OTA can use money generated from other turnpikes to build new ones.”