SW Kilpatrick Turnpike Extension Threatens Family's Legacy

Wednesday, May 4th 2016, 10:28 pm
By: News 9

Just east of Sara Road, in Mustang, you’ll find 160 acres of lands with deep roots.

Dolly Priest Husmann, 78, said she “was born in the house that is right up there” on the property.

Husmann’s daughter Jayna Gordon grew up there, too, and she wants the same for her son.

“I want them to roam the same fields and play in the same creek that I did … it’s only fair,” said Gordon.

According to Oklahoma Turnpike Authority staff,  unless Gov. Mary Fallin says otherwise, the route isn’t very flexible.

Not a comforting thought for some members of the family.

“Just a sickening feeling that’s really hard to talk about for all of us because it’s so engrained in our hearts and minds, and it hurts, it really hurts,” Husmann said.

The next phase of the project is for the OTA to buy affected land.

The Husmanns said it’s not for sale.

“Money is not the issue, it’s the love and the peacefulness and the togetherness of our family and the history of our farm,” Husmann said.

OTA officials say if they can’t negotiate a land sale, then an eminent domain case may go to courts.