Kilpatrick Turnpike construction will not be completed as planned

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Construction will not be completed on the Kilpatrick Turnpike as planned this week. The Oklahoma Transit Authority says it worked with the contractors when it became clear they needed an extension on the project.

The Turnpike Authority gave the construction crews an extra 90 days, but turnpike officials say the work will probably be wrapped up in 45 days.

Jack Damrill, the OTA Spokesperson says, “we’re going to have 85 percent done by this week, but it’s not 100 percent, we understand that, it’s just because of weather delays and some other unfortunate delays that we’ve seen.”

Damrill says the delay will not cost taxpayers any extra money.

The turnpike has lost some drivers during the construction phase, but officials expect traffic to pick up again as soon as the entire project is complete.