Gilcrease Expressway

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Gilcrease Expressway
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 10.5 mi[1] (16.9 km)
SH-11 (US-75 to I-244)
Major junctions
CCW end: I-44 / I-244 in Tulsa

US-64 / US-412 / SH-51 near Sand Springs (future)
L.L. Tisdale Parkway in Tulsa

US-75 / SH-11 in Tulsa
CW end: I-244 / US-412 in Tulsa
Highway system
Oklahoma State Highway System

The Gilcrease Expressway is a highway in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States. It is part of the county's long-term plan to complete an outer highway loop around Tulsa's central business district. The highway will connect Interstate 44 in West Tulsa to Interstate 244 near the Tulsa International Airport.

Route description[edit]

Currently, the portion of freeway open to traffic is the section between the L.L. Tisdale Parkway and Interstate 244. From US-75 to I-244/US-412, the Gilcrease carries the easternmost part of State Highway 11. The currently existing freeway serves Tulsa International Airport and surrounding areas.

Additionally, the Gilcrease Expressway Extension has been constructed. It is a 1-mile (1.6 km) stretch of two-lane road. The extension currently runs from W. 51st St. to W. 41st St. at the 5600 block in West Tulsa. The Extension connects the community of Berryhill and the recent developments along W. 41st St. to Interstate 44.


The next portion of the Gilcrease Expressway to be constructed is the segment between the L.L. Tisdale Parkway and Edison Street in West Tulsa.[2]

Many homes have been removed along S. 57th W. Ave. between W. 26th St. and W. 21st St. Plans include construction of a bridge over the Arkansas River, connecting Sand Springs and Berryhill.

$88 million of a $918.7 million tax increase will be put forward to the expressway's extension.[3]

Proposed turnpike[edit]

In 2010, the Oklahoma Legislature authorized the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority to study the construction of a turnpike to complete the Gilcrease Expressway. The cost of the turnpike was estimated at $373 million for the final 6.7 miles (10.8 km) of the expressway.[4]

On October 29, 2015, Governor Mary Fallin announced Driving Forward, a $892 million turnpike package. A 2 12-mile (4.0 km) tolled extension of the Gilcrease Expressway was included in the package. The project is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2016.[5]

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Tulsa, Tulsa County.

mi[1] km Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 North 41st West Avenue At-grade intersection
1.8 2.9 Osage Avenue At-grade intersection
2.2 3.5 L.L. Tisdale Parkway At-grade intersection
2.7 4.3 Dual carriageway begins
3.5 5.6 Peoria Avenue, Mohawk Boulevard
4.4 7.1 Lewis Avenue
5.0 8.0 US-75 / SH-11 west – Okmulgee, Downtown Tulsa, Bartlesville Western terminus of SH-11 concurrency
5.6 9.0 Harvard Avenue
6.5 10.5 Yale Avenue
7.5 12.1 Apache Street, Sheridan Road Signed solely as Sheridan Road westbound
8.5 13.7 Virgin Street – Airport Terminal Signed solely as Airport Terminal eastbound
9.1 14.6 Memorial Road Signed as Pine Street westbound
9.9 15.9 I-244 west / US-412 west – Downtown
10.5 16.9 SH-11 ends
I-244 / US-412 continue east towards Joplin
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Google (August 30, 2013). "Gilcrease Expressway" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Brian Barber (December 23, 2008). "No fanfare as Gilcrease Expressway opens 2.2 miles to traffic". Tulsa World. 
  3. ^ "Largest Tax Hike in Tulsa History: $88,000,000.00 for Gilcrease Expressway". Tulsa Beacon. August 29, 2013. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ Gavin Off (May 20, 2010). "OTA to seek bids on Gilcrease extension". Tulsa World. Retrieved June 17, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Driving Forward OK". Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 

Route map: Google

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