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Turnpike interchange opens in eastern Oklahoma County

Oklahoma County Commissioner Willa Johnson cuts the ribbon to officially open the Luther/Jones westbound entrance to the Turner Turnpike on Thursday. [Photo By Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma County Commissioner Willa Johnson cuts the ribbon to officially open the Luther/Jones westbound entrance to the Turner Turnpike on Thursday. [Photo By Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]

JONES — The final leg of a Turner Turnpike improvement project in eastern Oklahoma County is complete.

In addition to a new eastbound on-ramp and westbound exit-ramp at Hogback Road, crews have heightened the bridge across the turnpike.

Travelers will now be able to head east and west on the turnpike from Hogback Road.

Construction of the final phase of the Luther/Jones project — which lasted a little over a year — was delayed due to heavy rains in the spring, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority spokesman Jack Damrill said. 

In addition to being raised, the bridge was widened, he said.

The entire project took about three-and-a-half years to complete and cost just under $11 million, Damrill said.

Oklahoma County Commissioner Willa Johnson cut the ribbon at a ceremony at the site on Thursday.

Also at the ceremony were a group of protesters opposed to a toll road proposed between Interstate 40 and the Turner Turnpike. The Northeast Oklahoma County Loop is expected to require 21 miles of road linking the two highways through the area of Jones, Harrah and Choctaw. A precise route has not been set.

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<p>Secretary of Transportation Gary Ridley speaks with protesters of a proposed eastern loop prior to the ceremony to officially open the Luther/Jones westbound entrance to the Turner Turnpike. [Photo By Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]</p>

Secretary of Transportation Gary Ridley speaks with protesters of a proposed eastern loop prior to the ceremony to officially open the Luther/Jones westbound entrance to the Turner Turnpike. [Photo By Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]

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