Turnpike Authority Raises Speed Limits To 80 MPH In Some Rural Areas

Tuesday, July 28th 2020, 11:35 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. -

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has given the green light on raising the speed limit on some of the state's turnpikes.

This means the speed limit will go up to 80 miles per hour on some rural turnpikes. OTA says that several factors were taken into consideration crash history, traffic flows, and existing speed patterns.

“With any change, it is imperative for drivers to do their part for safety by following the posted speed limits and being alert to the surrounding traffic conditions,” Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz said. “We will be closely monitoring these corridors and if the new speed limits are creating an unsafe situation, we will consider adjustments to ensure the safety of the traveling public.”

Officials say it could take months before new signs are posted so OHP will continue to enforce the current speed limit. See a full list of the affected areas below.

  1. Turner Turnpike from mile marker (MM) 203 to MM 216, between Bristow and Sapulpa, 13 miles
  2.  Muskogee Turnpike from MM 2 to MM 33, between Muskogee and Tulsa, 31 miles
  3. Cherokee Turnpike from MM 3 to MM 28, 25 miles
  4. Indian Nation Turnpike from MM 93 to MM 104, between SH-9 and I-40, 11 miles
  5. H.E. Bailey Turnpike (Norman Spur) from MM 102 to MM 107, 5 miles
  6. Kickapoo Turnpike (scheduled to open later this year) from MM 130 to MM 149, between I-40 and the Turner Turnpike, 19 miles