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Oklahoma turnpikes see increase in truck traffic

Oklahoma turnpikes see increase in truck traffic

More commercial trucks on Oklahoma's toll roads indicate the national economy is rebounding, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority officials said.

Published: June 17, 2010

Commercial trucks are becoming a more common sight on Oklahoma's toll roads.

Overall traffic increased 3.7 percent on Oklahoma's 10 turnpikes in May compared with the same month a year ago, with commercial truck traffic growing by 9.1 percent, said Wendy Smith, director of finance and revenue for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

Truck traffic still is below 2005 levels, she said. Truck traffic in May 2009 had been 14.2 percent less than the previous year.

Commercial traffic is the Turnpike Authority's leading indicator of the local and national economy. From September 2008 through February, heavy truck traffic on the turnpikes dropped to 2004 levels, Smith said in a report given Wednesday to Turnpike Authority members. Similar drop-offs were occurring in other parts of the country, she said... FULL ARTICLE


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