- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - Compressed natural gas fueling is one of the new features of a travel plaza along the Indian Nation Turnpike that’s set to open Thursday at McAlester.

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority says the rebuilt plaza will also feature a convenience store and restaurant. Construction along the turnpike also included pavement and bridge rehabilitation.

Tim Stewart, OTA’s executive director, says the average daily traffic on that section of the Indian Nation Turnpike is about 9,000 vehicles per day. Stewart says OTA believes the plaza will give travelers a safer, more enjoyable way to travel Oklahoma.

The travel plaza will employ around 50 workers in total and will provide $200,000 in tax revenue. Stewart says OTA will continue to work with the City of McAlester through the plaza’s opening and its continued development.


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