Speed increase planned for parts of turnpike

Drivers need to pay extra attention for speed limit changes near cities

TULSA — The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority announced Tuesday that they approved a proposal to raise the speed limit from 75 mph to 80 mph on 104 miles of rural sections on five turnpikes.

The speed limit will also be 80 mph on the Kickapoo Turnpike, which is scheduled to open later this year.

Speed limits in urban areas of the turnpike will stay the same, so drivers need to be alert.

Here are the sections that will change to 80 mph:

• Turner Turnpike from mile marker (MM) 203 to MM 216, between Bristow and Sapulpa, 13 miles

• Muskogee Turnpike from MM 2 to MM 33, between Muskogee and Tulsa, 31 miles

• Cherokee Turnpike from MM 3 to MM 28, 25 miles • Indian Nation Turnpike from MM 93 to MM 104, between SH-9 and I-40, 11 miles

• H.E. Bailey Turnpike (Norman Spur) from MM 102 to MM 107, 5 miles

• Kickapoo Turnpike (scheduled to open later this year) from MM 130 to MM 149, between I-40 and the Turner Turnpike, 19 miles

OTA says it could take several months to get the new speed limit signs up.

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