John Kilpatrick Turnpike

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 29.4 miles (47.3 km) long.

Kilpatrick Turnpike marker
John Kilpatrick Turnpike
Route information
Maintained by OTA
Length29.4 mi (47.3 km)
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

Route descriptionEdit

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 interchange with SH-152 just west of Council Road in southwestern Oklahoma City. The turnpike heads generally north and west from this interchange, with exits to Morgan Road, Sara Road/SW 29th Street, and a partial interchange with SW 15th street, with traffic exiting from southbound and entering northbound. From there, it angles northeast to a full interchange with I-40/US-270. 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]

HistoryEdit

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]

FutureEdit

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]

In February 2021, the OTA announced that all of the turnpikes will be going all-electronic tolling within the next five years, starting with the Kilpatrick Turnpike. This change (known as PlatePay) began on the Kilpatrick on July 25, 2021.

TollsEdit

As of December 2020, it costs $3.75 ($3.20 with Pikepass) to drive the entire length of the turnpike.[7]

Exit listEdit

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

Countymi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
Oklahoma0.000.00Council RoadWestbound entrance only
0.0000.000  SH-152Counterclockwise terminus;[8] westbound connection from SR 152 east is via Council Road; highway continues east toll-free as SH-152 (Airport Road)
Canadian1.702.74Morgan Road
3.605.79SW 29th StreetNorthbound exit and Southbound entrance
3.806.12Sara RoadNorthbound entrance and Southbound exit
5.008.05SW 15th StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance[8]
5.909.50  I-40 (US 270)  – Oklahoma City, Downtown, Yukon, AmarilloI-40 east exit 138B, west exit 139A[8]
7.1011.43NW 10th StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
9.9015.93  SH-66  – Bethany, Yukon
12.5020.12Wilshire Boulevard
14.5023.34  SH-3 / Morgan Road / Hefner Road
Oklahoma17.4028.00Council RoadEastbound exit and westbound entrance
18.8030.26Rockwell Avenue
19.8031.87MacArthur Boulevard
20.8033.47Meridian AvenueWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
21.8035.08  
 
SH-74 south (Lake Hefner Parkway) to I-44
Signed as one single exit eastbound
  SH-74 north (Portland Avenue)
22.8036.69May Avenue
23.8038.30Penn AvenueFull name "Pennsylvania"
24.8039.91Western Avenue
26.5042.65  US 77  – Oklahoma City, EdmondNo direct access from US-77 south to the turnpike east
28.0045.06Eastern Avenue
29.3047.15   I-35 south / I-44 west (SH-66 west)  – Oklahoma City, DowntownEastbound exit and westbound entrance
29.4047.31  I-35 north (SH-66 east)  – WichitaLeft exit eastbound; no westbound exit
29.7047.80  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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Toll Rates". Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  8. ^ a b c "Southwest JKT Extension" (PDF). Driving Forward OK. Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. Retrieved April 13, 2018.

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