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
It’s a good “problem” to have, if you want to call it a problem. You might want to call it opportunity. Luther’s First Bank & Trust is out of room for its employees and out of room for customers to park on Main Street. The bank is growing because Luther citizens are seeking more loans
In the six months since the controversial Driving Forward turnpike program was unveiled amid fanfare at a State Capitol event Oct. 29, 2015, barely an elected official has questioned the $600 million program that includes the proposed Eastern Oklahoma Turnpike. Until now. On Thursday, State Rep. Lewis Moore called for a moratorium on all turnpikes in
Like a true media professional, Daniel Lapham did not let his personal life get in the way of the story. When the preliminary map was revealed for the Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike last week, he interviewed a handful of neighbors outside of the meeting before he ever went inside to see whether the new high-speed toll
Trust, power and lifestyle. To oversimplify, the opposition to the Eastern Oklahoma County turnpike project could be boiled down to a few basic issues: trust – or lack of it; power, who has it and why; and lifestyle, rural residents who say they don’t want the expensive road, not in their back yard – not even in their part
“Most people’s vision of the impact on them is exaggerated by the unknown,” said McCaleb.
When Governor Mary Fallin and members of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority had a State Capitol ceremony back in October 2015 to announce a big deal turnpike expansion program, they probably didn’t have many Eastern Oklahoma County landowners in the audience offering the applause. The $680 million project would expand or build six new toll roads in