- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has released a final design route for a planned $190 million project that agency officials say will better connect southwest Oklahoma City with the rest of the metropolitan area.

An event to unveil the Southwest Kilpatrick Extension plan Tuesday was canceled because of a severe weather threat, The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1XW8pkt ) reports.

The seven miles of new toll road will begin at Interstate 40 and run southeast before merging with State Highway 152. At least four new interchanges will be constructed during the project.

Authority interim Director Neal McCaleb says the turnpike will affect 20 homes, businesses or other buildings in the area and will serve as a possible new route to the Will Rogers World Airport.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2017, said Jack Damrill, spokesman for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

He said this is one of the two planned turnpikes in the Oklahoma City area that are being built to reduce accidents and congestion in the metro area.

The planned turnpike near the airport was met with far less public opposition than its $300 million counterpart, the Northeast Oklahoma County Loop, which is expected to affect 80 buildings in the Harrah and Choctaw areas.

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

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