City of Tulsa and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Move Forward with Gilcrease Expressway Extension
The Gilcrease Expressway extension is one of six individual
projects within the Driving Forward program announced by Governor
Fallin in October 2015.
The Driving Forward transportation initiative came about as a
result of the need for greater public safety on Oklahoma's
roadways. Traffic, population growth, and collision studies showed
a need for expansion, improvement, and repair of the transportation
system as it stands today.
"As Oklahoma's population grows, it will require a greater
commitment to modernizing and improving our transportation
infrastructure," said Fallin.
"The Gilcrease Expressway extension is a great example of a
six-way partnership between the City of Tulsa, Tulsa County, the
Indian Nations Council of Governments, the Oklahoma Turnpike
Authority, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the
Federal Highway Administration."
The project will help relieve urban traffic congestion during
peak periods. It will also provide a new and more direct route to
city attractions and points of interest in the Tulsa urban
"Our work together on this project is based on two important
truths: that infrastructure fuels economic growth and that we can
achieve more by working together," said Bynum. "I am thankful for
the close working relationship our City has with the State of
Oklahoma and am excited by what this announcement will mean for the
future growth of Tulsa."
Construction is expected to take two and a half years at the
cost of $240 million. The project is made possible through a
partnership between the City of Tulsa, the State of Oklahoma and
OTA. Federal funds have also been invested in the extension. This
project will not affect any part of the state budgeting process and
revenue will not be diverted from other municipal or state
priorities. Users of the turnpike system will pay for the
"We appreciate all the partners who worked together in this
endeavor and their forward-looking approach to
transportation," said Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Executive
Director Tim Gatz. "We must make plans now to make
Oklahoma's transportation system safer and easier for our
For more information about OTA's Driving Forward program,
please visit: www.drivingforwardok.com.