Oklahoma’s rural turnpikes need modernized, more interchanges, officials say

Under pressure from local and tribal leaders to modernize Oklahoma’s rural turnpikes, transportation officials said they’re examining the entire turnpike network to consider where to add interchanges so motorists can better access underserved locations and increase use of toll roads.

Joe Echelle, deputy director at the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, acknowledged that the lack of exits and on-ramps is acute along the Indian Nation Turnpike, a nearly 50-year-old toll road that runs from Henryetta to Hugo, cutting across a 105-mile swath of eastern Oklahoma.