Cimarron Turnpike

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Cimarron Turnpike
Route information
Length: 59.2 mi (95.3 km)
Existed: 1975 – present
Component
highways:
US-412 (entire length)
Major junctions
West end: I‑35 / US-64 near Perry, OK
  US-77 near Perry, OK
US-177 in Noble County
East end: US-64 / SH-48 at Westport, OK
Location
Counties: Noble, Pawnee Payne
Highway system

The Cimarron Turnpike is a toll road in north-central Oklahoma. The route runs 67 miles (108 km), from a junction with Interstate 35 north of Perry, to Westport, just west of Tulsa. The route also consists of a 7.2-mile (11.6 km) spur which runs from the mainline southwest to a junction with US-177 north of Stillwater.

The entirety of the Cimarron Turnpike is concurrent with US-412. At either end of the Turnpike, US-412 begins (or ends, depending on direction) a concurrency with US-64; thus, it can be said that US-64 provides a free, but not controlled-access, alternative to the toll road.

The Cimarron Turnpike opened to traffic in 1975. The US-412 designation was applied to the Cimarron Turnpike in 1988.

Route description[edit]

Mainline[edit]

The Cimarron Turnpike, carrying US-412, passes through Noble, Payne, and Pawnee Counties. The highway heads east from I-35 to its first interchange, Exit 3, which provides access to US-77. The first mainline toll plaza is just west of Exit 15, a cloverleaf interchange with no straight-line ramps (forcing all traffic getting on or off to pass through the toll plaza) connecting the turnpike to US-177.[1] East of the US-177 interchange, the highway curves to the south, crossing Black Bear Creek.[2] US-412 then meets US-64 once again, interchanging with it at Exit 23 east of Morrison. The turnpike then turns back east, with a spur route (accessible only from the westbound turnpike) branching off to the southwest toward Stillwater. The Lone Chimney service plaza, a twenty-four hour concession area, is located in the median of the turnpike east of the interchange with the spur.[1]

South of Pawnee lies an interchange (Exit 37) with SH-18. Just south of Hallett, a second mainline toll plaza sits just west of the SH-99 interchange; again, this interchange is a cloverleaf interchange with only loop ramps. The turnpike's final exit is Exit 60, a partial interchange with SH-48 southeast of Cleveland. The missing movements are provided by US-64, the northern terminus of SH-48, which merges with US-412 as the Cimarron Turnpike ends. The two routes continue east as a the Keystone Expressway, a freeway that connects the turnpike to downtown Tulsa.[3]

Spur to Stillwater[edit]

The Cimarron Turnpike has an 8.5 mile (13.7 km)[4] spur that splits from the main turnpike at exit 27. There is one main lane toll plaza near Perkins Road that costs anywhere between $0.45 (for 2-axle vehicles with a Pikepass) to $2.50 (6-axle vehicles without a Pikepass).[5] The spur's western terminus is at a trumpet interchange with US 177 in northern Stillwater, near Oklahoma State University. There is an incomplete access exit at Perkins Road (signed as exit 21A) and the spur starts to run through rural areas of northern Payne County before ending at the main turnpike. The spur was built in 1981 at the cost of $4.5 million.[6] The spur was built as a way for westbound traffic to get to Stillwater and the main campus of Oklahoma State University. Conversely, eastbound traffic uses the spur for faster access to Tulsa from Stillwater.

History[edit]

The Cimarron Turnpike opened to traffic in 1975.[citation needed] On February 1, 1988, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission unanimously approved an extension of US-412 from its original western terminus at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas to Woodward, overlapping the Cimarron Turnpike.[7]

Tolls[edit]

As of 2013, passengers of two-axle vehicles (such as cars and motorcycles) pay a total of $3.00 to travel the entire length of the Cimarron Turnpike. Tolls vary based on the entrance and exit used. The turnpike accepts OTA's Pikepass transponder system as an alternative to cash payment. Pikepass customers receive discounted toll rates; the Pikepass rate for the full length of the Cimarron is $2.85.[8]

Toll revenues from the Cimarron Turnpike are not necessarily used to maintain it. Under a practice known as cross-pledging, all OTA toll revenue is pledged against the sum of OTA's indebtedness, including bonds financing the state's other turnpikes.[9]

Services[edit]

Law enforcement along the Cimarron Turnpike is provided by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop YA, a special troop assigned to the turnpike.[10]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[11] km Exit Destinations Notes
Noble   0.0 0.0 US-64 / US-412 continue west
  0.0 0.0 1A–B I‑35 / US-64 east – Oklahoma City, Wichita Interchange, Eastern terminus of US-64 concurrency
  2.7 4.3 2 US-77 – Tonkawa, Perry Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
  14.7 23.7 15 US-177 – Ponca City, Stillwater
Pawnee
No major junctions
Noble   22.8 36.7 22 US-64 – Morrison, Pawnee
Payne   27.7 44.6 27 Cimarron Tpk.-Stillwater Spur west – Stillwater Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Pawnee   36.7 59.1 37 SH-18 – Pawnee, Cushing
  48.4 77.9 48 SH-99 – Hallett, Jennings
  58.6 94.3 59 SH-48 to US-64 – Cleveland, Bristow Northern terminus of SH-48
  58.6 94.3 US-64 / US-412 continue west
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Stillwater spur[edit]

The entire route is in Payne County.

Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Stillwater 0.0 0.0 US-177 – Perkins, Ponca City Western terminus
  0.7 1.1 21A Perkins Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
  8.5 13.7 Cimarron Turnpike east –Tulsa Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Official State Map (Map) (2011–12 ed.). Cimarron Turnpike inset. http://www.odot.org/maps/state/2011/map_state_2011-insets.pdf. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  2. ^ DeLorme (2006). Oklahoma Atlas and Gazetteer (Map). 1:200,000.
  3. ^ Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Official State Map (Map) (2011–12 ed.). http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/maps/state/2011/map_state_2011.pdf. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  4. ^ "OKHighways-Cimarron Turnpike". OK Highways. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ "PIKEPASS-Faster, Safer, Easier". Pikepass. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Cimarron Turnpike: A Highway to Disappointment". News OK. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ Oklahoma Transportation Commission (February 1, 1988). "Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Transportation Commission". Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. "All Toll Rates". Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ Krehbiel, Randy (May 5, 2003). "Turner Turnpike paved with early suspicion". Tulsa World. 
  10. ^ "Oklahoma Highway Patrol". Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  11. ^ Google Inc. "US-412–Cimarron Turnpike". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=US-412+E&daddr=US-412+E+to:US-412+E+to:US-412+E+to:US-412+E+to:US-412+E+to:US-412+E+to:US-412+E&hl=en&ll=36.359375,-96.83075&spn=1.028495,1.766052&sll=36.217704,-96.398013&sspn=0.00805,0.013797&geocode=FYprKwIdBegy-g%3BFUpnKwIdOqIz-g%3BFSArKwId3tw2-g%3BFePQKQIdDB04-g%3BFQ_6KAIdNMk4-g%3BFQa_KAIdvy87-g%3BFTyyKAIdzGQ--g%3BFViiKAIdYitB-g&mra=mi&mrsp=7&sz=16&t=m&z=9. Retrieved November 18, 2012.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing