Past Events

3/29/22   Norman City Council Meeting with OTA

3/29/22   OTA Board Meeting (Dr. Amy Cerato in public comments)

3/23/22   Capitol Rally

3/22/22   Norman City Council passes resolution

3/2/22   Norman Town Meeting with Poe and Associates

Cleveland County Commissioners District Meeting

March 4, 2022

The Cleveland County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution requiring the OTA provide more information before they would support the proposed turnpikes.

Resolution

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Norman City Council Meeting with OTA

March 29th, 2022

 
OTA Board Meeting

March 29, 2022

Dr. Amy Cerato's public comments:

Capitol Rally

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

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Speakers:

   Stan Ward, Attorney

   Amy Cerato, Geotechnical Engineer, PhD

   Inger Giuffrida, Director of Wildcare Oklahoma

   Tom Elmore

   Michael Nash, President Pike Off OTA, Inc.

   Mark Sherwood, Gubernatorial candidate

   Mary Boren, State Senator

   Jacob Rosencrants, State Representative HD 46

Norman City Council Meeting

Tuesday, March 22, 2022  6p - 7:30p

201 W Gray St, Norman, OK 73069

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The Resolution was passed:
40. CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTION, REJECTION, AMENDMENT AND/OR POSTPONEMENT OF RESOLUTION R-2122-106: A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NORMAN, OKLAHOMA, DECLARING THE NEED FOR FURTHER STUDY OF ACCESS OKLAHOMA’S IMPACT ON LAKE THUNDERBIRD; CITING THE LACK OF INFORMATION TO SUPPORT THE KICKAPOO TURNPIKE EXTENSION THROUGH NORMAN, AND EXPRESSING THE CITY’S OPPOSITION TO THE OKLAHOMA TURNPIKE AUTHORITY’S ‘ACCESS OKLAHOMA’ PLAN AS IT IMPACTS NORMAN.

 

The OTA was not present for the meeting.
They were represented by Poe and Associates:

       David Streb- President
       Craig Moody- public involvement
       Sean Cavanaugh- corridor manager

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Townhall Meeting 3/2/2022
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Concerns
  • WildCare, the largest wildlife rehabilitation center in Oklahoma is 1/4 mile away from the projected path of the turnpike and will make the organization inoperable.

  • A significant wildlife corridor will be impacted.

  • There is concern if the OTA begins purchasing property prior to the environmental studies the turnpike will become inevitable.

  • Noise

  • How are the effects of contaminated run-off and effects on well water addressed?

  • Will roads damaged due to construction vehicles be repaired at the expense of the OTA?

  • How will people with acreages get comparable properties if acreages are limited?

  • Is it possible the project may move westward?

  • How can the project be built in a flood zone?

  • When will the OTA be present for a town hall meeting?

  • Will people have more notification about what's going on without having to rely on social media?

  • Is it possible to find an alternate route that effects less homes?

  • What about an express lane on Highway 9 with a toll to alleviate traffic?

  • How will traffic on county roads be affected?

  • Has semi truck traffic been evaluated to see if the proposed route is needed for trucks?

  • Will the project cause some land owners to become land locked?

  • If taxes are no longer collected due to less taxable property, will it affect people's taxes?

  • If the OTA purchases property it doesn't use, what happens to it?

  • The Kickapoo turnpike doesn't seem to have enough traffic to warrant the loss of homes. Can we expect that from this turnpike as well?

  • How will this project effect aquifers?

  • There was concern for the stacked interchange proposed at Indian Hills and I-35.

  • Will depreciation of property be considered since land may have decreased in value because it is in the projected path?

  • Wording on the proposed turnpike in state law does not include this turnpike.

  • When the turnpike has been paid for, is it sold back to the state?

  • How many parcels of land have already been purchased by the OTA?

  • Why has ODOT not filed its property acquisitions in a timely manner?

  • Some of the residents affected by eminent domain with the construction of the Kickapoo Turnpike have still not been paid. 

  • Who pays the attorney fees in eminent domain cases?

  • Is this turnpike legally an extension of the Kickapoo Turnpike?

  • The proposed route affects 6 threatened and endangered species.

  • The representatives from Poe and Associates said people can expect to be approached at the beginning of next year, how can this occur if the environmental studies have not been completed?

  • What will happen to the cemetery on the route?

  • Will data from the environmental studies be made public?

  • Why was a route that would take fewer homes not chosen?

  • The Bureau of Reclamation had no knowledge of this project. How can the OTA propose a turnpike through federal lands without contacting the agency?

  • The proposed path will damage rose rocks, a rare geological find.

  • There is currently a housing shortage. How will people be able to find comparable homes?

  • When is the southern extension expected to break ground?

Response

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The OTA makes mitigating actions to address run-off such as retention ponds and creating wetlands.

The OTA works with the county commissioners to repair any damage done to the roads. 

Councilman Tortorello said he is trying to address the issue.

The OTA will build bridges to maintain normal traffic flow on county roads.

No. The OTA will ensure no one is landlocked.

Land is offered to the neighbors at fair market value. If not purchased, it is auctioned off.

The OTA will perform an environmental study.

The OTA will have someone who specializes in right of way issues assess the land.

Tolls continue to pay for maintenance.

None. (ODOT has purchased land in the Indian Hill and I-35 area but it was part of an 8 year plan.)

They are not aware of this but will look into it.

The cemetery will not be affected.

Since the OTA will not be purchasing property now, there may be more housing available at the time of the acquisitions. 

OTA Board Meeting