Approval of the Turnpike project has been delayed by the transport committee
State Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman, on Thursday filed an amendment to the bill authorizing $5 billion in work on toll highway projects across the state.
His amendment would have removed Cleveland County construction from the list of approved projects.
The Senate Transportation Committee Chairman and fellow Norman Senator Rob Standridge withdrew the entire bill approving projects across the state on Thursday afternoon.
“In the situation where you have 500 to 700 houses being eliminated and there are only 70 apartment houses for sale in Norman, that should send a red flag,” Boren said.
In a statement after the plan was announced, the Turnpike author said he had “selected alignments and connections to existing infrastructure that have the least impact on homeowners, business owners and the environment. “.
“The value of a long-term plan like ACCESS Oklahoma is that, in many circumstances, it gives us time to work more transparently, thoroughly and thoughtfully with affected landlords,” the agency said in a statement. .
“Well, it’s frustrating for them to say, ‘That’s not so bad,'” Boren said. “It’s not as bad as it sounds,” they say, but they don’t give you hard numbers or a plan for what the toll will be,” Boren said.
When asked why he withdrew the authorization bill, Standridge said he had just decided not to vote on Thursday without giving details.
The deadline for the bill to pass the committee is April 14.