John Kilpatrick Turnpike

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Kilpatrick Turnpike

The John Kilpatrick Turnpike highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by OTA
Length29.4 mi (47.3 km)
ExistedSeptember 1, 1991–present
Major junctions
West end SH-152 in Oklahoma City
Major intersections
East end I-35 / I-44 / Turner Turnpike in Oklahoma City
CountryUnited States
CountiesCanadian, Oklahoma
Highway system
  • Oklahoma State Highway System

The John Kilpatrick Turnpike is a toll road in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The turnpike forms a partial loop that runs from State Highway 152 (SH-152) in the west to an interchange with Interstate 35 (I-35) and I-44 in the east. At the eastern terminus, traffic continuing east merges with I-44 traffic, forming the Turner Turnpike. The Kilpatrick Turnpike is 29.4 miles (47.3 km) long. The entire length of the turnpike will be designated as Interstate 344 in 2024.

Route description

The Kilpatrick Turnpike's entire route lies within the city limits of Oklahoma City. There are no exit numbers assigned to any of the turnpike's interchanges.[1]

The Kilpatrick Turnpike begins at an interchange with SH-152 just west of Council Road in southwestern Oklahoma City. The turnpike heads generally north and west from this interchange, with exits to Morgan Road, Sara Road/SW 29th Street, and a partial interchange with SW 15th street, with traffic exiting from southbound and entering northbound. From there, it angles northeast to a full interchange with I-40/US-270. Another partial interchange is located at N.W. 10th Street, with ramps allowing drivers to join the northbound turnpike and exit the southbound turnpike. The turnpike continues north, passing just east of the Yukon city limits, before making an S-curve to the east, running west of Lake Overholser. The turnpike's first full interchange is with State Highway 66 (SH-66), which runs along N.W. 39th Expressway. North of this interchange, the Kilpatrick Turnpike crosses the North Canadian River. The next interchange is with Wilshire Boulevard. Immediately north of Wilshire Boulevard is the first barrier toll plaza. The highway's next interchange is with SH-3, also known as the Northwest Expressway. The turnpike curves to the east north of here, entering Oklahoma.[1]

East of the county line, the Kilpatrick Turnpike follows the route of Memorial Road; Memorial splits into a pair of one-way frontage roads during this stretch. The next interchange, at Council Road, allows eastbound traffic to exit and westbound to enter the turnpike. The two interchanges to the east of here, at Rockwell Avenue and MacArthur Road, allow full access. At Meridian Avenue, traffic can exit the turnpike westbound and enter it eastbound. To the east lies an interchange with SH-74, a freeway known as the Lake Hefner Parkway. The interchange only allows direct access from the westbound Kilpatrick Turnpike to southbound SH-74 and from northbound SH-74 to the eastbound turnpike; all other movements must be completed via Memorial Road.[2] The turnpike continues east, with full interchanges at May and Pennsylvania (Penn) avenues. East of Penn, the highway curves southeast, leaving the Memorial Road corridor. The next interchange is at Western Avenue. To the east of here is the second barrier toll plaza. After the toll plaza is the interchange with US-77, a freeway also known as the Broadway Extension. The turnpike then has an interchange at Eastern Avenue. The turnpike then comes to an end at I-35/I-44. Eastbound I-44 splits away from northbound I-35 at this interchange to form the Turner Turnpike, and the eastbound Kilpatrick Turnpike mainline merges into the Turner Turnpike toward Tulsa.[1]

Law enforcement along the John Kilpatrick Turnpike is provided by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop YE, a special troop assigned to the turnpike.[3]


In 1987, the Oklahoma Legislature authorized construction of the first phase of the turnpike, between I-35 and Lake Hefner Parkway. It was completed in 1991. In 2001, an extension of the turnpike to I-40 was completed.[4]

On October 29, 2015, Governor Mary Fallin announced that the Kilpatrick Turnpike would be extended south to end at SH-152 near Will Rogers World Airport as part of Driving Forward, a $892 million turnpike package. The project began on January 20, 2018.[5] The westbound direction of the extension was opened January 9, 2020.[6] The eastbound direction was opened on the following dates: January 28 from I-40 to Morgan Road, February 4 from Morgan to SH-152 westbound, and February 14 to SH-152 eastbound.[7]

In February 2021, the OTA announced that all of the turnpikes will be going all-electronic tolling within the next five years, starting with the Kilpatrick Turnpike. This change (known as PlatePay) began on the Kilpatrick in July 2021.[8]

Interstate designation

On August 2, 2021, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved the designation of the John Kilpatrick Turnpike as part of an extension of I-240, forming a beltway around Oklahoma City. ODOT Director Tim Gatz stated in the Transportation Commission meeting that the numbering change was primarily to aid in navigation using digital mapping and routing applications. Gatz also said, "If you look at the Interstate 240 designation on the loop around the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, we are finally to the point where we have a truly contiguous route there that can shoulder the burden of some of that transportation need in a loop format. That's common practice across the country, and you'll see that in many of the metropolitan areas, and that update will really be beneficial as far as everything from signage to how do you describe that route on a green-and-white sign." The designation must be approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to take effect.[9]

In Fall 2023, the AASHTO approved for the John Kilpatrick Turnpike to be designated as Interstate 344. In March 2024, the OTA announced that it would updating signage for the turnpike over the next two months. The current turnpike logo would be removed and replaced with I-344 shields along with the yellow "TOLL" banner. I-240 will not be part of the turnpike; it will instead connect to I-344 via a short extension along Airport Road.[10]


As of July 25, 2021, it costs $6.65 with PlatePay ($3.20 with Pikepass) to drive the entire length of the turnpike.[11]

Exit list

The entire route is in Oklahoma City. All exits are unnumbered.

Oklahoma0.0000.000 SH-152 / SW 59th StreetCounterclockwise terminus;[12] highway continues east toll-free as SH-152 (Airport Road)
Council RoadWestbound entrance only
Canadian0.891.43Toll plaza
1.702.74Morgan Road
3.605.79SW 29th StreetNorthbound exit and Southbound entrance
3.806.12Sara RoadNorthbound entrance and Southbound exit
5.008.05SW 15th StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance[12]
5.909.50 I-40 (US 270) – Oklahoma City, Downtown, Yukon, AmarilloI-40 east exit 138B, west exit 139A[12]
7.1011.43NW 10th StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
9.9015.93 SH-66 – Bethany, Yukon
12.5020.12Wilshire Boulevard
13.1221.11Toll plaza
14.5023.34 SH-3 / Morgan Road / Hefner Road
county line
16.4026.39County Line RoadFuture interchange
Oklahoma17.4028.00Council RoadEastbound exit and westbound entrance
18.8030.26Rockwell Avenue
19.8031.87MacArthur Boulevard
20.8033.47Meridian AvenueWestbound exit and eastbound entrance

SH-74 south (Lake Hefner Parkway) to I-44
Signed as one single exit eastbound

SH-74 north (Portland Avenue)
22.8036.69May Avenue
23.8038.30Penn AvenueFull name "Pennsylvania"
24.8039.91Western Avenue
25.6441.26Toll plaza
26.5042.65 US 77 – Oklahoma City, EdmondDirect access from US-77 south to the turnpike east opened to traffic in June 2022
28.0045.06Eastern Avenue

I-35 south / I-44 west (SH-66 west) – Oklahoma City, Downtown
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
I-35 north (SH-66 east) – Wichita
Left exit eastbound; no westbound exit
29.7047.80 I-44 / Turner Turnpike east – TulsaTurner Tpk. (I-44 east) continues beyond clockwise terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b c Official State Map (PDF) (Map) (2013–14 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Oklahoma City inset. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Google (December 10, 2023). "Route of John Kilpatrick Turnpike" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 10, 2023.
  3. ^ "Oklahoma Highway Patrol". Retrieved 2008-04-05.
  4. ^ "History".
  5. ^ "Driving Forward OK". Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  6. ^ "SW Kilpatrick Extension".
  7. ^ "OTA opens east-bound John Kilpatrick extension this week". Fox 25. 27 January 2020. Retrieved 2022-03-12.
  8. ^ Lackmeyer, Steve (February 24, 2022). "Oklahoma turnpikes: Cashless tolling, political push led to proposed improvements". The Oklahoman. Retrieved October 21, 2022.
  9. ^ Oklahoma Transportation Commission (2 August 2021). "ODOT Commission Meeting". Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  10. ^ Humphrey, Spencer (March 7, 2024). "Multiple OKC-area highways, turnpikes to be designated as interstates in coming month". Oklahoma City. Retrieved March 10, 2024.
  11. ^ "Toll Rates". Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.
  12. ^ a b c "Southwest JKT Extension" (PDF). Driving Forward OK. Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. Retrieved April 13, 2018.

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