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How The Oklahoma Turnpike Toll Increase Could Impact Traffic

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The 16 percent toll increase could mean more drivers will be hitting the toll free roads, like Route 66. The 16 percent toll increase could mean more drivers will be hitting the toll free roads, like Route 66.
The new toll rates will go into effect August 4. The new toll rates will go into effect August 4.
By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Turnpike Authority voted last week to increase tolls to make up for a $21 million shortfall from reduced traffic, but the toll hike could move traffic to other roads.

The 16 percent toll increase could mean more drivers will be hitting the toll free roads, like Route 66.

Average Daily Traffic
on Oklahoma's Turnpikes
Turner - 43,148
Will Rogers - 38,830
H.E. Bailey - 45,042
Mukogee - 28,397
Cimarron - 18,629
Indian Nation - 17,283
Kilpatrick - 96,419
Cherokee - 10,846
Creek - 99,010
Chickasaw - 2,425
Craig Hoisington takes a ride down the historic Route 66 every week. But when he heard the Mother Road he often travels could soon be congested, that didn't sit too well with the avid biker.

Route 66 runs parallel to some of Oklahoma's toll roads, and with the toll hike, more traffic could be driving along this scenic roadway.

Big rigs often take some of the toll roads, but if trucker avoid the tolls, that could take a toll on bikers who travel these thoroughfares.

"Can't see anything that would be good from that," said Hoisington. "It's just not a very wide highway, not the best place in the world for semis to travel."

While some drivers are not thrilled by the possibility of more traffic, businesses along toll free roads like Route 66 are excited about the prospect of more business.

"We usually see around 1,000 a day come through the store," said Pop's General Manager Marty Doepke. "I expect that to increase quite a bit and the weekends, it stays busy consistently throughout, but the Monday to Friday traffic, I think we'll see a pretty large increase."

The new toll rates will go into effect August 4. View a full list of the new turnpike rates.

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