- Creek Turnpike
Creek Turnpike Route information Length: 33.22 mi (53.46 km) Existed: July 30, 1992 – present Major junctions West end: I-44 in Sapulpa US-75 in Jenks
US-64 / US-169 in Tulsa
SH-51 in Broken Arrow
East end: I-44 / US-412 in Tulsa Highway system
The Creek Turnpike is a partial beltway as a toll road around southern and eastern Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is 33.22 miles (53.46 km) long; its northern terminus is at the Will Rogers Turnpike, while the western terminus is at the Turner Turnpike. Both ends of the Creek Turnpike connect with Interstate 44.
A two-axle vehicle currently pays $2.45 ($2.30 with Pikepass) to drive the length of the turnpike.
The Creek Turnpike begins at I-44 exit 217 in Sapulpa. From this interchange, the turnpike runs in a general southeast direction towards the Creek–Tulsa county line. Upon crossing into Tulsa County, the toll road enters the city of Jenks and turns to a more easterly course. In Jenks, the highway has a modified cloverleaf interchange at US-75; the westbound Turnpike to southbound US-75 ramp is a directional ramp rather than a loop ramp. The Creek Turnpike then passes through the first of three barrier toll plazas. After leaving the toll plaza, the highway bridges the Arkansas River into Tulsa.
In Tulsa, the Creek Turnpike has an interchange at Memorial Road, which carries US-64 south of the toll road. At this interchange, Creek Turnpike traffic merges with northbound US-64 onto a free road, forming the Mingo Valley Expressway. US-169 also begins at this interchange. As the Mingo Valley Expressway (carrying US-64/169) turns north, the Creek Turnpike exits to continue southeast. The highway then enters Broken Arrow, and passes through the second toll plaza. The road then turns back east.
In southeast Broken Arrow, the Creek Turnpike crosses the county line into Wagoner County and swings towards the north. It then meets State Highway 51, followed by the Muskogee Turnpike near its western terminus. The highway then re-enters Tulsa before passing through the third and final barrier toll. The highway then proceeds north, ending at the I-44/US-412 interchange, which straddles the Wagoner–Rogers county line. The mainline Creek Turnpike then becomes the Will Rogers Turnpike as eastbound I-44 merges onto the roadway.
Exit numbers are absent along the Creek Turnpike until the 51st Street South interchange, which is numbered as Exit 28. Exit numbers are posted north of this interchange, continuing until the highway's terminus (Exits 33A–B). The Creek Turnpike's exit numbering is used for the final two exits on the westbound Will Rogers Turnpike—the westbound-only Pine Street exit (Exit 35) and the westbound I-44 ramp (Exit 34).
As of 2009, passengers of two-axle vehicles (such as cars and motorcycles) pay tolls of $3.50 in cash or $3.30 if Pikepass is used. Drivers in vehicles with more than two axles, such as truckers, pay higher tolls. Tolls are collected along the Creek Turnpike at three mainline toll plazas, one between the US-75 and Peoria–Elm interchanges, one west of the Olive Avenue interchange, and one (labeled as the Creek East plaza) south of the 31st Street South interchange. Additional tolls for traveling beyond these barrier tolls are collected at sidegate toll plazas located at the desired exit. The toll for using such "sidegate" plazas (in city) is $0.30 for a two-axle vehicle.
The turnpike has been completely automated since early 1996; no human toll collectors are present. The Creek Turnpike is equipped with open-road tolling for Pikepass customers. Cash customers pull to the right and deposit coins into toll baskets. Change machines capable of changing $1 and $5 bills are available, as well as machines that produce receipts for customers requiring them.
County Location Mile # Destinations Notes Creek Sapulpa 0.0 I-44 west (Turner Turnpike) – Oklahoma City Westbound exit and eastbound entrance 0.3 SH-66 – Tulsa, Sapulpa Westbound exit and eastbound entrance 1.3 Hickory Hill Road Eastbound exit and westbound entrance 3.0 S. 49th W. Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance Tulsa Jenks 4.7 US-75 – Tulsa, Glenpool Eastbound interchange split into northbound and southbound exits Toll plaza 7.4 Peoria Avenue, Elm Avenue Tulsa 9.2 Riverside Parkway 10.6 Yale Avenue 12.6 US-64 south (Memorial Drive) 13.4 Mingo Road 13.6 US-64 north / US-169 north – Tulsa Broken Arrow 14.2 E. 96th St. S. Eastbound exit and entrance Toll plaza 16.8 S. Olive Avenue 18.9 S. Elm Place 21.0 County Line Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance lie in Wagoner County Wagoner 25.3 New Orleans Street 26.5 SH-51 – Coweta No re-entry 27.4 Muskogee, Tulsa To Muskogee Turnpike 28.6 Kenosha Street Tulsa 31.2 28 E. 51st Street S. Creek East Toll Plaza 33.4 31 E. 31st Street S. 34.8 32 E. 11th Street S. 36.0 33A US-412 east – Chouteau, Siloam Springs Rogers Fair Oaks 36.2 33B I-44 west / US-412 west – Tulsa Westbound exit signed as exit 34 Creek Turnpike ends; Will Rogers Turnpike begins
- Oklahoma Transportation Authority
- ^ a b Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Official State Map (Map) (2008 ed.). Creek Turnpike inset.
- ^ "Oklahoma Highway Patrol". http://www.dps.state.ok.us/ohp/tngrct/OHPtroops.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
- ^ Google, Inc. Google Maps – Creek Turnpike–US-75 aerial photo (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Jenks+OK&ie=UTF8&ll=36.009577,-96.011313&spn=0.005077,0.011373&t=k&z=17. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
- ^ Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. "Toll Fares/Chart". Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. http://web.archive.org/web/20070926235538/http://www.pikepass.com/maps/charts/creek.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-03.
- ^ a b Hoberock, Barbara (1996-01-13). "Creek Turnpike to Be Totally Automated". Tulsa World. http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?articleID=548577. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
Oklahoma turnpikes See also Oklahoma Turnpike Authority · Pikepass
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