As Information 9 reported on Tuesday, The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is halting work on its $5 billion Turnpike Growth plan, no less than for now. Based on the OTA’s director, they’re ready on ongoing litigation and the OK from the State Supreme Court docket earlier than shifting forward.
Whereas some are elated the ACCESS Oklahoma plan is on maintain, others really feel left within the mud. Some small-town companies say these turnpike tasks might assist them develop.
About 50 miles up the Turner Turnpike from Oklahoma Metropolis there’s a city straight out of the Disney film ‘Automobiles.’
“I feel we’ve come a good distance,” stated Tammy Warden, the proprietor of Tammy’s Spherical-Up Café.
Individuals typically drive by by no means realizing Davenport exists.
“I feel it simply represents small-town America,” stated Michelle Moore, supervisor of Tammy’s Spherical-Up Café. “There’s lots of people who don’t know we’re right here.”
Which is an actual disgrace if you’ve by no means been to Tammy Warden’s Spherical-Up Café.
“We’re most likely one of many busiest eating places in Lincoln County,” Warden stated.
Warden’s café is the place regulars like Don Sporleder hang around. Sporleder owns Davenport’s 49-year-old newspaper.
“Graduated from the OU journalism college in 1974,” Sporleder stated.
Sporleder stated Davenport is thought for its good eating places.
Cindy and Joe Acord opened a brand-new comfort retailer as a result of they love this city.
“We do, or we wouldn’t have constructed our retailer right here,” Acord stated.
The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority would have linked the Turner Turnpike to Davenport.
“It will’ve been simply excellent,” Warden stated.
Lawsuits tied up within the supreme courtroom suspended that challenge on Tuesday.
“It will open up quite a lot of doorways for us,” Moore stated.
Davenport issues to its individuals.
“It means the whole lot to me,” Warden stated.
Moore grew up poor. She stated that have made her really feel small. Her management function on the café makes her really feel like somebody with goal.
“I really feel like I’ve been part of one thing,” Moore stated.
The individuals of Davenport imagine of their city. That’s why they need a street to round-up extra guests.
“My goodness it could make an enormous distinction,” Sporleder stated.
Solely then will individuals discover out what they’re lacking.
Individuals in Davenport gained’t know for sure whether or not their city will get its want till the State Supreme Court docket decides on ACCESS Oklahoma.