- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

HARRAH, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has unveiled the precise route of 21 miles of new toll roads in the Choctaw and Harrah areas.

The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1W3kbdP ) reports that scores of local residents who were anxious to learn the fate of their properties attended a meeting Thursday on the so-called Northeast Oklahoma County Loop.

State officials announced the $300 million project in October, saying the new toll roads in northeast Oklahoma County are needed to ease the traffic load of Interstate 35. They also have said the new turnpike will be built, despite public opposition, because not doing so would lead to a disaster in the near future.

An authority official says residents’ input helped reduce the number of “rooftops” that will eventually be lost to the project. Resident Shirley Hawthorne said her home of nearly 40 years won’t be directly impacted, but that the turnpike is planned close to her property.

“It doesn’t feel real,” she said. “We’ve been there so long. … The landscape is what you’re used to. We can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like when this huge thing, with all the traffic and the noise, suddenly becomes a part of that landscape.”



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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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