- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

VINITA, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma transportation officials have unveiled the nearly $16 million renovation to the iconic arch over the Will Rogers Turnpike.

The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/1reRbD4 ) several hundred people gathered on the highway bridge Monday to celebrate the reopening of the 57-year-old arch in Vinita. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority announced the 27,000-square-foot travel plaza known as the Glass House has been renamed the Will Rogers Archway.

The archway features two 24-hour businesses, a McDonald’s restaurant and a Kum & Go convenience store. At the center of the facility are a seating area and a statue of a lasso-throwing Rogers that used to be outdoors. The large windows allow people to view the roughly 26,000 vehicles that pass under the bridge each day.

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