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February 24, 2018

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Turnpike Construction Begins

Two years after the announcement of the controversial Eastern Oklahoma Turnpike, dirt work has quietly begun. There was no fanfare, groundbreaking or ribbon cutting – but the dirt movers are on the scene between 164th and the current Turner Turnpike next to Luther Road. It’s where the $400 million dollar roads begins. It will end

Turnpike Update

UPDATE: Since we posted this update earlier this week, we had a couple of reader questions. Here are the answers supplied by Jack Damrill, communications director, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. I can’t tell from the map what the blue line on 164th street going west from Luther Road signifies, do you know? DAMRILL: “The blue lines

Their Day in Court

Attorney Jerry Fent says his days of fighting eminent domain cases are long over. At 82-years-old, he can reflect on a long career defending citizens when the government wants to take their property. You could say he’s been there, done that. Still, he said, Eastern Oklahoma County residents opposed to the Driving Forward program to put a

Bonds Approved with a Catch

The State Bond Oversight Commission on Thursday gave contingency approval to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority to sell bonds to fund the Driving Forward Program. However, OTA has to get its legal issues out of the way first, according to State Bond Advisor James Joseph. “A condition of the approval was that they resolve any legal issues

A suit, a tollhike and bonds

The group against the construction of the Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike was surprised and pleased to learn that an Oklahoma City attorney has sued the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority on a constitutionality complaint. According to news reports, Jerry Fent filed the suit against OTA Friday in the Oklahoma Supreme Court. He is pressing his claim that state laws

Friends & Tripods

Shout out to my friend Shari! She was either sick of me whining about forgetting to purchase a new tripod for my phone (aka camera) or she was dizzy from watching our hand-held Periscope broadcasts of Luther school board and town board meetings. She surprised me by buying The Luther Register a new tripod that will

ODOT Greenlights EOC Turnpike

Although the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said it cannot stop the proposed Eastern Oklahoma County turnpike, executive director Mike Patterson said his agency is no stranger to the pain and anxiety road-building causes to residents in the way of the roads. In the case of the controversial EOC, his agency’s board Monday was asked to

Capitol Rally to STOP the Turnpikes

The crowd numbered upwards of 150 folks – united in their anger and opposition to not one, but two metro turnpikes to be built as part of the controversial Driving Forward Oklahoma turnpike program. Organized by the Eastern Oklahoma County anti-turnpike coalition, Wednesday’s state capitol anti-turnpike rally also featured neighbors from the other side of

Wednesday Anti-Turnpike Rally

Rain or shine, there’s going to be another anti-turnpike rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Wednesday,   from Noon – 2 pm. Outside if it is not raining. Inside on the first floor if it is. One of the organizers is Paul Crouch who is fighting the Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike and spoke at

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