As OTA Toll Hikes Loom, Agency Explains Need for Expanding System and Addressing “Safety Issues”

The Miami News-Record reports, “The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority voted to increase the costs on Oklahoma tollways by 17 percent to help expand and renovate the state’s turnpike system, including the construction of new toll roads in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Two weeks ago, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in favor of validating the $480 million bond issue. OTA spokesman Jack Damrill said they would begin selling the bonds in mid-January.” Damrill tells the newspaper, “As transportation professionals, we have to look 10-20 years down the road, and we are seeing some safety issues, not only in our system but on the state system. We’ve been asked to step in and help add a couple routes that we think will relieve traffic in Oklahoma City.”