OKLAHOMA (KSNF/KODE) — Two more Oklahoma toll roads, both in the Northeast part of the state, have converted to fully cashless tolling.
The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) converted SH-364/Creek Turnpike to PlatePay
(cashless tolling). Drivers can now travel completely cashless along the Creek Turnpike between I-44/Turner Turnpike and US-412, in the Tulsa metro area.
The OTA also converted US-412/Cherokee Turnpike. This means drivers can also travel cashless between US-69 near Chouteau and the Oklahoma-Arkansas state line.
In the coming weeks, drivers can expect intermittent lane closures at both turnpikes, as crews work to remove old signs and tolling equipment.
The OTA said PlatePay helps create a free-flow of traffic and eliminates sudden speed changes when motorists maneuver lanes and stop at a toll booth. PlatePay cameras photograph a vehicle’s license plate, enabling the Authority to send the vehicle’s registered owner an invoice.
Drivers without a Pikepass will receive a bill in the mail, while Pikepass customers will continue to enjoy seamless travel at much lower toll rates, according to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.
This marks the seventh and eighth Oklahoma toll roads to offer fully cashless tolling. The Creek and Cherokee Turnpikes join the John Kilpatrick, Kickapoo, H.E. Bailey, Chickasaw, Gilcrease, and Cimarron turnpikes in offering PlatePay. The OTA plans to transition the state’s remaining turnpikes to fully cashless tolling by the end of 2024.
The conversion to PlatePay also means drivers will be able to use the PlusPass app. The app allows motorists to access their accounts on the go, and pay tolls via credit card,
PayPal, or pre-pay with cash.
The OTA claims drivers using PlusPass will see a savings of about 25% compared
with PlatePay customers. PlusPass can be used on any Oklahoma turnpike that has been converted to all-electronic tolling.