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Cherokee Turnpike marker

Cherokee Turnpike
Route information
Maintained by Oklahoma Turnpike Authority
Length: 32.8 mi[1] (52.8 km)
Existed: 1991 – present
Component
highways:
US-412 entire length
Major junctions
East end: US-412 west of Locust Grove
West end: US-59 / US-412 west of West Siloam Springs
Location
Counties: Mayes, Delaware
Highway system
Eastern terminus of the Cherokee Turnpike near Kansas, Oklahoma. Exiting right takes traffic onto the toll road; continuing due west is US-59/US-412 Alternate.

The Cherokee Turnpike is a toll road in eastern Oklahoma. Opened in 1991, the route is a four-lane tollway carrying US-412 from east of Kansas, Oklahoma to east of Chouteau, and has a total length of 32.8 miles (52.8 km)[1] and a speed limit of 75 mph (121 km/h). An alternate route, US-412 Alternate, provides a free but not controlled-access route through the towns bypassed by the Turnpike with only a 55 mph (89 km/h) speed limit.

Route description[edit]

The turnpike begins by branching off US-412 east of the Grand River in Mayes County. The turnpike carries US-412 for its entire length; the old alignment of US-412, which was also at one time State Highway 33, is now US-412 Alternate. The Cherokee Turnpike runs within a close distance of US-412 Alternate for its entire length. The turnpike generally varies only a few degrees from true east–west throughout its entire route.

The turnpike's first exit is a diamond interchange with State Highway 82 just south of Locust Grove. From this point, the road travels 11 miles (18 km) without another exit.[1] During this interval, the highway crosses from Mayes into Delaware County. Just after crossing the county line, the Cherokee has its second exit, again meeting US-412 Alternate southeast of Rose. This second exit is a partial cloverleaf with loop ramps in the northwest, northeast, and southwest quadrants.

Continuing east, the turnpike's median widens to accommodate a service plaza available to both directions. After the service plaza, the turnpike passes through a barrier toll plaza. The final exit, another 11 miles (18 km) from the US-412 Alternate exit, occurs north of Kansas, Oklahoma at US-59/SH-10, which is another diamond interchange. After this interchange, US-412 Alternate crosses over the turnpike with no interchange. The median gradually widens again as US-412 Alternate, now concurrent with US-59, crosses under the westbound lanes and begins running through the median. The eastbound lanes eventually merge with US-59/US-412 Alternate. This marks the eastern terminus of both the Cherokee Turnpike and US-412 Alternate. US-59 and mainline US-412 continue east toward West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma, where they split, and US-412 crosses the state line into Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

History[edit]

The Cherokee Turnpike resulted from the same 1987 compromise between urban and rural legislators that resulted in the Kilpatrick, Creek, and Chickasaw Turnpikes. The turnpike opened to traffic in 1991.[1]

Services[edit]

An Oklahoma Tourism Information Center is located on the turnpike near the Kansas exit, 13 miles (21 km) from the Arkansas–Oklahoma state line. Free coffee is available at the tourism center.[2]

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

Tolls[edit]

A two-axle vehicle currently pays $2.50 ($2.40 with Pikepass) to drive the full length of the Turnpike.[1] This is equivalent of a toll of 8¢ per mile. Drivers in vehicles with more than two axles, such as truckers, pay higher tolls.[1]

Tolls are collected for eastbound traffic upon exiting at Locust Grove and Leach, and entry at Kansas. Westbound traffic must pay toll upon exit at Kansas and entry at Leach and Locust Grove. All traffic passing through the barrier toll west of the Kansas exit must pay toll, regardless of direction.[2]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[4] km Exit Destinations Notes
Mayes   0.0 0.0 US-412 continues west
  0.0 0.0
US-412 Alt.
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Locust Grove 6.2 10.0 6 SH-82 – Locust Grove, Tahlequah
Delaware   17.1 27.5 17
US-412 Alt. – Rose, Leach
  19.7 31.7 Toll plaza
  28.3 45.5 28 US-59 / SH-10 – Kansas, Tahlequah
  32.6 52.5
US-59 / US-412 Alt.
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
  32.6 52.5 US-59 / US-412 continue east
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing


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17 news items

 
News On 6
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 07:20:12 -0800

The Cherokee Service Plaza on the Cherokee Turnpike in eastern Oklahoma will be closing down on December 3rd. The 33-mile turnpike is located in Mayes and Delaware counties. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority recommends you get fuel before getting ...
 
Grandlakenews
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:30:00 -0700

Dubbed “Cheap Skate Event Center”, it is located along old 412, south of Leach School and just about ¾ mile east of the Cherokee Turnpike gate, on the south side of the highway. They are open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights from 5 to 9 p.m. ...

kjrh.com

kjrh.com
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 02:51:45 -0800

8 a.m. -- All major highways including the Will Rogers Turnpike and the Cherokee Turnpike in the northeastern corner of the state are packed with snow and ice and OHP says they are extremely slick and hazardous. All travel is being discouraged and ...

kjrh.com

kjrh.com
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 05:16:08 -0800

4:05 a.m. -- All major highways in Washington, Nowata, Rogers, Mayes, Delaware, Craig and Ottawa counties, including the Cherokee Turnpike and Will Rogers Turnpike, are clear but bridges and overpasses may be slick. Secondary roads, city streets and ...

kjrh.com

kjrh.com
Tue, 04 Feb 2014 02:57:07 -0800

6:59 a.m. -- ODOT receiving reports of some frozen precipitation at this time in Delaware, Mayes, Nowata, Craig, Ottawa and Washington counties and the Cherokee Turnpike and the Will Rogers Turnpike. Bridges and overpasses are becoming slick and ...
 
kjrh.com
Sat, 21 Dec 2013 06:15:38 -0800

I-44 Will Rogers Turnpike and Cherokee Turnpike are also receiving light rain. Still use caution on bridges and overpasses may have some patches of ice. 2:10 p.m. - Texas and Cimarron counties of the Panhandle are receiving moderate snow and the ...

kjrh.com

kjrh.com
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 08:48:03 -0800

This includes the Will Rogers Turnpike and the Cherokee Turnpike. 4:30 p.m. - ODOT reporting slick spots statewide. 4:11 p.m. - EMSA has responded to a total of 22 motor vehicle accidents in the Tulsa area. Those calls resulted in seven transports to ...
 
news9.com KWTV
Mon, 06 May 2013 13:04:48 -0700

VINITA, Oklahoma -. After June 4, 2013, drivers on the Will Rogers Turnpike will have to exit I-44 for fuel and food while the Vinita Service Plaza undergoes renovations. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority said the plaza will be closed beginning June 4th ...
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