Speed Limit Increasing on Some Oklahoma Roadways But Pay Close Attention to the Signs
Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) approved a speed limit increase on numerous rural roadways this week.
On Tuesday, the OTA green-lighted a proposal to raise posted speeds from 75 mph to 80 mph on rural segments of five turnpikes.
Plus, the OTA approved a measure to establish an 80 mph maximum speed limit on the Kickapoo Turnpike, which is scheduled to open later this year.
These locations total 104 miles and include:
• 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
Existing speed limits on rural turnpikes like the Will Rogers Turnpike, main segment of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike, Cimarron Turnpike and Chickasaw Turnpike will not be changed, according to OTA.
It will take “several months” to manufacture and install the new 80 mph signs for each of these corridors.
Until then, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says it will continue to enforce the posted speed limit.
OHP is urging drivers to pay close attention to the signage.