Norman homeowners dealt a setback in their fight against new turnpike


The hundreds of Norman homeowners protesting the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s proposed new turnpike that would mean the destruction of their homes suffered another setback this week. A major one. Maybe even demoralizing.

The Oklahoma Council of Bond Oversight voted to approve the Turnpike Authority’s $500,000,000 bond application for the controversial ACCESS Oklahoma project. The vote came after the state Supreme Court had earlier ruled in favor of the Authority when it was sued by homeowners fighting the path of the turnpike.

Transportation Secretary Tim Gatz has indicated the costs of the $5 billion project will likely go up because of the year-long delay that came as a result of the legal challenges from the homeowners.

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