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OTA implements toll hikes across Oklahoma

Posted at 4:24 PM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 22:44:29-05

TULSA -- Green Country commuters are now shelling out more money on Oklahoma's turnpikes.

A 12% average increase went into effect Wednesday.

"I'd like to figure out where they put all the money at," said one driver.

But some drivers are paying far more than that.
 
"I'd like to see them stick with one price or get rid of it," he said.

RELATED: Oklahoma Turnpikes collect record amount of toll money, state does not profit from toll revenue

In Jenks at the Creek Turnpike, the toll increased ten cents from $0.75 to $0.85 – about a 13% spike.

But in Claremore, the toll jumped from $0.50 to $0.75...an extra quarter that adds up fast for daily drivers.

“That's a bigger increase than I thought was going to happen," said Deb Patten. “The tolls were supposed to pay this road off and they continued to let it roll. So I mean...it's going to keep going up."

2 Works for You wanted to know why some drivers are paying more than 12%.

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority says it's just an average.

RELATED: 12 percent Oklahoma turnpike toll increase to go into effect March 1

Officials say some tolls, like Claremore, are seeing a bigger increase in an effort to keep whole numbers so drivers won't have to dig for pennies.

In turn, they say those tolls with higher than average increases won't go up at the next toll increase set for January 2018.

But it's still not worth it for some.

"We'd like the price to come down," said Patten.

Others on the road hope to see progress as promised.
 
"I think if they put it to good use then it's a good idea,” said another driver. “If they put it towards what they're supposed to be doing, reconstructing the tolls, then I think it's a great idea."

OTA says many projects that will benefit from the increases are already underway, like the new Coweta toll plaza.

Others, like a 6-lane widening project for the Turner Turnpike are expected to begin this summer.

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