John Kilpatrick Turnpike

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Kilpatrick Turnpike marker

John Kilpatrick Turnpike
Route information
Maintained by OTA
ExistedSeptember 1, 1991–present
Major junctions
West end SH-152 in Oklahoma City
  I-40 / US-270

SH-66 (N.W. 39th Expy.)
SH-3 (Northwest Expy.)
SH-74 (Lake Hefner Pkwy.)

US-77 (Broadway Extension)
East end I-35 / I-44 / Turner Turnpike in Oklahoma City
Location
CountiesCanadian, Oklahoma
Highway system
Oklahoma State Highway System

The John Kilpatrick Turnpike is a toll road in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The turnpike forms a partial loop that runs from State Highway 152 (SH-152) in the west to an interchange with Interstate 35 (I-35) and I-44 in the east. At the eastern terminus, traffic continuing east merges with I-44 traffic, forming the Turner Turnpike. The Kilpatrick Turnpike is 25.3 miles (40.7 km) long.

Route description[edit]

The Kilpatrick Turnpike's entire route lies within the city limits of Oklahoma City. There are no exit numbers assigned to any of the turnpike's interchanges.[1]

The Kilpatrick Turnpike begins at an at-grade intersection with S.W. 15th Street just west of Sara Road in far western Oklahoma City. The turnpike heads north from this intersection to an interchange with I-40/US-270. Not all movements are possible at this interchange; I-40 is not accessible from the northbound Kilpatrick Turnpike, and the southbound turnpike is not accessible from I-40. Another partial interchange is located at N.W. 10th Street, with ramps allowing drivers to join the northbound turnpike and exit the southbound turnpike. The turnpike continues north, passing just east of the Yukon city limits, before making an S-curve to the east, running west of Lake Overholser. The turnpike's first full interchange is with State Highway 66 (SH-66), which runs along N.W. 39th Expressway. North of this interchange, the Kilpatrick Turnpike crosses the North Canadian River. The next interchange is with Wilshire Boulevard. Immediately north of Wilshire Boulevard is the first barrier toll plaza. The highway's next interchange is with SH-3, also known as the Northwest Expressway. The turnpike curves to the east north of here, entering Oklahoma County.[1]

East of the county line, the Kilpatrick Turnpike follows the route of Memorial Road; Memorial splits into a pair of one-way frontage roads during this stretch. The next interchange, at Council Road, allows eastbound traffic to exit and westbound to enter the turnpike. The two interchanges to the east of here, at Rockwell Avenue and MacArthur Road, allow full access. At Meridian Avenue, traffic can exit the turnpike westbound and enter it eastbound. To the east lies an interchange with SH-74. This is the northern terminus of the Lake Hefner Parkway freeway; north of here, SH-74 follows Portland Avenue.[1] The interchange only allows direct access from the westbound Kilpatrick Turnpike to southbound SH-74 and from northbound SH-74 to the eastbound turnpike; all other movements must be completed via Memorial Road.[2] The turnpike continues east, with full interchanges at May and Pennsylvania (Penn) avenues. East of Penn, the highway curves southeast, leaving the Memorial Road corridor. The next interchange is at Western Avenue. To the east of here is the second barrier toll plaza. After the toll plaza is the interchange with US-77, a freeway also known as the Broadway Extension. The turnpike then has an interchange at Eastern Avenue. The turnpike then comes to an end at I-35/I-44. Eastbound I-44 splits away from northbound I-35 at this interchange to form the Turner Turnpike, and the eastbound Kilpatrick Turnpike mainline merges into the Turner Turnpike toward Tulsa.[1]

Law enforcement along the John Kilpatrick Turnpike is provided by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop YE, a special troop assigned to the turnpike.[3]

History[edit]

In 1987, the Oklahoma Legislature authorized construction of the first phase of the turnpike, between I-35 and Lake Hefner Parkway. It was completed in 1991. In 2001, an extension of the turnpike to I-40 was completed.[4]

Future[edit]

On October 29, 2015, Governor Mary Fallin announced that the Kilpatrick Turnpike would be extended south to end at SH-152 near Will Rogers World Airport as part of Driving Forward, a $892 million turnpike package. The project began on January 20, 2018.[5]

The extension was opened January 9, 2020.[6]

Tolls[edit]

It costs $1.30 x 2 to drive the entire turnpike; customers using the Pikepass electronic toll system receive a slight discount.

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Oklahoma City. All exits are unnumbered.

Countymi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
Oklahoma0.000.00 SH-152Counterclockwise terminus,[7] freeway continues east as SH-152 (Airport Road)
CanadianMorgan Road
Sara Road / SW 29th Street
SW 15th StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance[7]
0.81.3 I-40 (US-270) – Oklahoma City, Downtown, Yukon, AmarilloI-40 exits 138B-139[7]
2.03.2NW 10th StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
4.87.7 SH-66 – Bethany, Yukon
7.411.9Wilshire Boulevard
9.415.1 SH-3 / Morgan Road / Hefner Road
Oklahoma12.720.4Council RoadEastbound exit and westbound entrance
13.722.0Rockwell Avenue
14.723.7MacArthur Boulevard
15.725.3Meridian AvenueWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
16.726.9 SH-74 south (Lake Hefner Parkway) to I-44Signed as one single exit eastbound
SH-74 north (Portland Avenue)
17.728.5May Avenue
18.730.1Penn AvenueFull name "Pennsylvania"
19.731.7Western Avenue
21.434.4 US-77 – Oklahoma City, EdmondNo direct access from US-77 south to the turnpike east
22.936.9Eastern Avenue
25.240.6 I-35 south / I-44 west (SH-66 west) – Oklahoma City, DowntownEastbound exit and westbound entrance
25.340.7 I-35 north (SH-66 east) – WichitaLeft exit eastbound; no westbound exit
25.641.2 I-44 / Turner Turnpike east – TulsaTurner Tpk. (I-44 east) continues beyond clockwise terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Official State Map (PDF) (Map) (2013–14 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Oklahoma City inset. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Google Maps
  3. ^ "Oklahoma Highway Patrol". Retrieved 2008-04-05.
  4. ^ https://www.pikepass.com/about/History.aspx
  5. ^ "Driving Forward OK". Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  6. ^ https://www.drivingforwardok.com/sw-kilpatrick-extension
  7. ^ a b c "Southwest JKT Extension" (PDF). Driving Forward OK. Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. Retrieved April 13, 2018.

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