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Drivers on Turner Turnpike to see changes at rest stops between Tulsa, OKC

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Posted at 8:41 AM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-22 09:44:11-04

Drivers cruising down Turner Turnpike will see major some changes at two rest stops in the next few years.

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Director of Communications Jack Damrill says the Stroud service center will become a westbound-only rest stop and undergo major renovations.

Those plans are said to be completed in the next two to three years to improve driver's safety, Damrill says.

Damrill says the new plans will see the McDonald's and EZ-Go convenience store housed under one roof.

Another change drivers will see is faster speed limits. On Thursday, Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill that will see the turnpike's speed limit raised from 75 to 80 miles per hour. That will take place in November.

Damrill says eastbound-only drivers will get to make a pit-stop at a new service area, which will be located four miles east of the Chandler exit.

That rest stop will also have a McDonald's and EZ-Go, Damrill says.

Damrill says the construction on the Chandler rest stop is already underway.

Damrill says both service areas will have about 125 parking spots for semi-trucks.

Damrill says funding to build both rest stops, ($9.5 million for Chandler and $6.5 million for Stroud) is coming from tolls.

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