Oklahoma Turnpike Authority was originally intended to be a self terminating agency. 

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has never paid off a turnpike.   Due to cross pledging, which allows for perpetual funding between turnpikes, OTA never will pay off any turnpikes.   

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority may raise tolls at any point.   They have thwarted all legislative attempts to give elected officials the ability to regulate toll hikes.  They currently plan to raise toll by 16%.

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has never been audited by the Oklahoma State Auditor.   OTA does a 'self audit'.   It would take a petition of 10% of Oklahoma voters to make a citizen request for a special audit of OTA. 


Oklahoma Turnpike Authority does not have to perform Environmental Impact Studies unless they accept federal funding.   Since asphalt is made from oil derivatives, many contaminants may leach into our ground water supply which is heavily used by Oklahomans via well water.    No studies will occur to determine how detrimental the impact of the turnpike will be to resident left in it's path. 

Oklahoma leads the nation in Turnpikes.   If Turnpikes equal wealth, why are we so broke?!?   


OTA has been building roads for 65 years and yet Oklahoma ranks among the worst in the nation for the condition of our roads.   Maybe it's time for a change.

OTA has legislatively pre-approved plans for 32 additional toll projects!

OTA is an agency steeped in debt and based on bonds.   As interest rates rise the dynamics around bond debt and bond attractiveness shifts.  Higher rates lessen the value of the bonds currently owned.  OTA is a bad investment!   Not only for Oklahoman's about to lose land, but for the actual investors!  The only possible way their bonds would look attractive is if OTA issue NEW BONDS as rates rise.   


The Authority claims that it is “an instrumentality of the State of Oklahoma" and "a body corporate and politic.”   In other words, it is a part of the State.  But to whom does it answer?   Nobody!   Not the voters and not the legislature.  Members consist of the Governor and 6 appointees of the Governor.  Once they are appointed, they get to do whatever they want.

Fallin’s appointees to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority include Kenneth Adams, David Burrage, Kevin Hern and Albert Kelley, each of whom gave $5,000 to her gubernatorial campaign.  Another Turnpike Authority choice, C. Carl Gibson, donated $200 to the governor’s campaign.  A sixth appointee, E. Gene Love, donated $250.


Mary Fallin opposed eminent domain so strongly that she signed a law forbidding wind farms from invoking it in Oklahoma.   Why would Fallin block eminent domain for the energy sector, but willfully and recklessly uses it for the transportation sector?   While most Oklahomans support safeguarding property rights, Fallin's very close association with big oil makes the move seems self serving.

The North/South Eastern Loop route already exists!   Why build a redundant road when state Hwy 177 is just a few miles east?   Residents of the area use it routinely to link I-40 to Turner en route to Tulsa.   Also, traffic heading from I-40 to Turner en route to OKC area may use the new Hogback gate.   How is spending $300 million for one leg of a turnpike loop even ethical when the routes already exist for free?

Driver use of cell phones has impacted safety data significantly.   Oklahoma Turnpike Authority will point to traffic data pertaining to wrecks without ever factoring in cause.   Roads do not typically get the better of drivers who are paying attention.  


Drivers use GPS to avoid toll roads.   As a result, some turnpikes are renamed to trick drivers and GPS units into using the road.  Tolls still apply despite driver preference. 

The truth is that people who lose their property to eminent domain proceedings are almost never made whole.  With eminent domain the property owner can’t say “no” and usually must settle for much less than he or she would have bargained for in a voluntary setting.  The government only pays for what it acquires, not for what the owner has lost. Those losses include businesses, relocation expenses, emotional damage, loss of proximity to family/community.   (Current court rulings in Oklahoma show offers from OTA are about 2/3 lower than actual court awarded valuations of same property.)   

Monies offered as payment during eminent domain are taxable as income, thus reducing the buying potential of the settlement amount.  

Eminent domain does not factor in the actual availability of comparable land, housing, or homesteads available on the current market.  

Quality of life and current home value for those living in close proximity of a turnpike is often lost. 

Living near any highway, turnpike or otherwise, poses health risks with devastating effects such as asthma, cardiovascular issues, increase rate of Autism, cancer. 





Oklahoma Deserves Better than Oklahoma Turnpike  Authority!








 


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