Mustang family fighting to protect land from Southwest Kilpatrick Turnpike extension project

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MUSTANG, Okla. - A family in Mustang is fighting for 160 acres that has been in their family for 80 years.

"Peace. Tranquility. Apprehension," said Dolly Priest Husmann. "To me, it's just sacred ground. It means so much."

The land was purchased by their grandfather 80 years ago, and 25 family members still reside on the land.

Now, the family is in fear after the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority proposed a plan to extend the Southwest Kilpatrick Turnpike, which would divide this family’s land in half.

"Our 160 acres is going to be divided," Husmann said.

Husmann, along with her sisters and other family members, are going through a roller coaster of emotions after finding out the project may go through their property.

"We were not notified at all except in the newspaper and TV that a turnpike was coming through here," Husmann said. "They did not contact the owners. We had no idea."

The project will connect southwest Oklahoma City and the metro area, creating more access to Will Rogers World Airport, between I-40 and State Highway 152.

The younger generation is taking to social media to save their property.

"You know that your love for your family has been passed on when the kids are fighting for it too, and I'm real proud of that," said Dorothy O'Dell.

Hoping every little bit helps.

"We hope they search and check into really deep to try to save our land," Husmann said.

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority released a statement earlier this week.

"Thanks to the input of the public and the diligent work of engineering professionals, the Driving Forward Southwest Kilpatrick Extension project is on track to improve public safety on Oklahoma's roadways and for local communities. This has been a collaborative process, and the design alignment presented today is the culmination of more than 500 public comments provided to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority through previous public meetings, phone calls, written and online communications. These comments have been used by engineers to identify a route that fulfills all of the criteria for a new alignment. This design alignment serves as the best way for us to connect southwest Oklahoma City and the metro area at-large with the urban core, while minimizing the impact on rooftops, existing property and the environment. Thanks to the public's aid, engineers have brought the total number of affected rooftops down to 20. We look forward to advancing this project to provide a safer and an improved means of transportation throughout our great state."

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