Oklahoma Doesn’t Make Profit On Turnpikes


NewsOn6.com
July 23, 2010

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OKLAHOMA CITY — What started out as one toll road connecting Oklahoma City and Tulsa has turned into a multi-billion dollar web of turnpikes across the state. Sixty-three years later, Oklahoma drivers are still paying that bill. Some lawmakers and citizens fear the Turnpike Authority has too much power.

Oklahoma has 10 turnpikes, more than 600 miles of pavement, making the state second in the nation for miles of toll roads.

“The turnpike is a scam on the people of Oklahoma,” said Gary Richardson, 2002 Gubernatorial Candidate.

Richardson is an outspoken opponent of turnpikes. He ran for governor in 2002. His platform included putting the turnpikes under ODOT and getting rid of tolls.

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