13 August 2004
Going in circles
Getting through Tulsa is perhaps more difficult than it needs to be, and existing bypasses don't really bypass much. (Not that we can brag all that much over here in Oklahoma City.)
Hence: I-844, an idea for a 194-mile beltway around Tulsa and Tulsa County. Mile 0 is set at the presumed junction with the Turner Turnpike near Bristow.
Martin McMahon, who came up with the idea, explains:
I realize this Beltway, or anything even remotely resembling it, isn't gonna be built anytime soon, certainly not within my lifetime, but it would be useful. It would, for example provide a much more direct route for anyone from Claremore to Joplin, or from Stillwater to Lawton, wanting to see Woolaroc. For some truckers the Beltway would provide a more direct route to where they're going, greatly easing traffic congestion within Tulsa proper. And as someone who lives in Tulsa I can honestly say we need all the help we can get.
I wonder if they'd try to turn it into a toll road, in the manner of the Kilpatrick Turnpike around the northwest quadrant of Oklahoma City.