Tulsa’s Turner Turnpike widening project nears completion ahead of schedule

Turner Turnpike (I-44)/Route 66 interchange. Google Earth screenshot.Turner Turnpike (I-44)/Route 66 interchange. Google Earth screenshot.

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority spokesman Jack Damrill, says a majority of the Turner Turnpike widening project between Sapulpa and Bristow will be completed by late May or early June, several months ahead of schedule, according to Tulsa World.

The 22-mile, $300 million project to expand the turnpike from four lanes to six and add lighting between west Tulsa and Bristow is reportedly being funded by tolls. Construction began in August 2017 and was expected to be complete in spring 2020.

“We are well ahead of schedule,” Damrill said, according to the news agency. “We’ve had great contractors working as hard as they could.”

The last phase of the project will include reconstruction of the Oklahoma 66 interchange in Sapulpa and improvements to a 7-mile stretch of highway between the interchange and west Tulsa. Widening of the highway in other areas is expected in the not too distant future, as traffic is expected to increase.