Oklahoma Turnpike Authority wants to raise toll prices

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority wants to raise tolls every year for the next three years.

The OTA voted for a 17 percent toll increase, with a 12 percent hike on January 1 and a 2.5 percent hike on January 1, 2018 and January 1, 2019.

The plan is contingent on the outcome of a lawsuit by Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent, who contends that the OTA doesn’t have the constitutional authority to raise money through borrowing with bonds.

The increased fees would be used to repay loans that would finance new construction projects.

The toll on the Turner Turnpike between Tulsa and Oklahoma City for a passenger car is $4 and that would rise to $4.48 in 2017, $4.59 in 2018 and $4.70 in 2019. The toll on the Indian Nation Turnpike between Henryetta and Antlers is $5 for cash customers. That would rise to $5.60, $5.74 and $5.88.