Oklahoma turnpike plan drives toward safer transportation

Transportation planning is constantly in motion. That’s why transportation professionals don’t often live in the moment as we’re determining how to meet the state’s infrastructure needs 15 years and even 30 years from now. And those needs are complex. Improving state infrastructure for the future will require an integrated approach using all modes of transportation from highways to turnpikes to rail to waterways and transit.

While Oklahoma has made significant strides in improving its highway infrastructure during the past 15 years thanks to increased funding from the Legislature, billions more in improvements are needed to fully bring state transportation to modern safety standards. Waiting on state and federal dollars to address all of these needs means some areas may never see relief from congestion or see improvements to infrastructure that has been pressed into service long past its intended lifespan.