John Kilpatrick Turnpike Project Wins ACPA Award

The John Kilpatrick Turnpike Protected Turnaround project has been honored with the prestigious Gold Award from the Oklahoma/Arkansas chapter of the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA). This accolade recognizes exceptional work in the Municipal category for projects less than 30,000 square yards.

Project Overview

The Turnpike’s interchange with SH-74 and Memorial Road, in Northwest Oklahoma City, underwent a transformative change. The project reconfigured ramp movements, introduced protected turnaround lanes and upgraded the interchange with modern traffic signals. This initiative was crucial in addressing the congestion issues, particularly the backups from Western Rd to SH-74, which impeded the flow on the main thoroughfare.

Tackling the Challenge

The project presented unique challenges due to the limited space and high traffic volumes. Despite these constraints, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and the Freese and Nichols team, led by Resident Engineer Paul Green, delivered innovative solutions. Special recognition goes to Jacob Gibson for his meticulous inspection work and Buddy Wosika for his adept construction management.

Innovative Solutions

The team worked with the contractor in phasing the project to expedite the construction of protected turnarounds, the installation of new traffic signals and roadway widening, leading to the project being completed almost one month ahead of schedule.

Impactful Results

These enhancements not only improved operational efficiency but also significantly increased safety and reduced congestion at the interchange.

This is the second year for the Central Plains Construction Management group; their H.E. Bailey Turnpike Dowel Bar Retrofit-Diamond Grind Pavement Rehabilitation project won an ACPA Gold Award for Concrete Highway Restoration in 2023. The ACPA Gold Award is a milestone that underscores our national expertise and the positive impact of our contributions to our communities.