Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Study of Hefner Parkway as Modified Turnpike Okd

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Study of Hefner Parkway as Modified Turnpike Okd

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Steps to study the feasibility of a modified North Outer Loop Expressway in Oklahoma City and of a modified phase of an Int. Hwy. 35 to Int. Hwy. 40 turnpike in south-central Oklahoma were approved Thursday by the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

The proposed modifications include the following:

- Adding a 4.5-mile stretch of the Lake Hefner Parkway to the North Outer Loop toll road in Oklahoma City.

- Reducing a 37.5-mile stretch of the Int. Hwy. 35 to Int. Hwy. 40 toll road, between Ada and Sulphur, from four lanes to a "super two"-lane toll road. A "super two" is a two-lane highway with 10-foot-wide shoulders.

Adding the 4.5-mile stretch to the Oklahoma City toll road reportedly would generate more revenue, while reducing the 37.5-mile portion of the Int. Hwy. 35 to Int. Hwy. 40 toll road from four lanes to two lanes would save about $40 million.

The modifications were proposed by Gov. Henry Bellmon as a way to increase the feasibility of a proposed four-road package.

The authority voted to spend $69,500 to hire the firm of Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff to estimate construction costs of the two roadways and voted to spend $20,500 to hire the firm of Wilbur Smith Associates to provide estimates of traffic volumes and anticipated revenues from the two roadways.

The authority also authorized the drafting of a request for proposals from underwriters, financial advisers and financial institutions for the possibility of serving as trustee and paying agent in connection with the proposed refunding of turnpike revenue bonds and construction of the following four toll roads:

- Section 1 of the Oklahoma City Outer Loop Expressway.

- Section 1 of the Tulsa South Bypass.

- Section 1 of the State Hwy. 33 Turnpike.

- Section 1 of the Int. Hwy. 35 to Int. Hwy. 40 Turnpike.

As a package, the four roads have been found to be not feasible, although some of the individual roads have been found to be feasible. …

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