Interstate 40 in Oklahoma

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This article is about the section of Interstate 40 in Oklahoma. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 40.

Interstate 40 marker

Interstate 40
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 331 mi (533 km)
Existed: 1957[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: I‑40 at the Texas state line
 

US-81 in El Reno
I‑44 in Oklahoma City
I‑35 in Oklahoma City
I‑235 in Oklahoma City
I‑240 in Oklahoma City
Indian Nation Tpk. in Henryetta
US-69 in Checotah

Muskogee Tpk. near Webbers Falls
East end: I‑40 at the Arkansas state line
Highway system
SH-39 SH-42

Interstate 40 (I-40) is an Interstate Highway in Oklahoma that runs 331 miles (530 km) across the state from Texas to Arkansas. West of Oklahoma City, it parallels and replaces Old US-66, and east of Oklahoma City, it parallels US-62, US-266, and US-64.

Cities along the route include Erick, Sayre, Elk City, Clinton, Weatherford, El Reno, Oklahoma City, Shawnee, Okemah, Henryetta, Checotah, and Sallisaw.

Route description[edit]

Interstate 40 enters Oklahoma near Texola, in Beckham County. It crosses the North Fork of the Red River near Sayre and runs through the south side of Elk City. It then cuts across the northwest corner of Washita County before entering Custer County, where it passes through Clinton and Weatherford. After leaving Weatherford, I-40 then runs across the northern tip of Caddo County before it enters Canadian County.

I-40 runs through the south side of El Reno, entering the Oklahoma City metro. It then passes through Yukon before entering Oklahoma City proper. There, it has a junction with Interstate 44 (the Amarillo Junction). It then runs just south of downtown Oklahoma City on a new ten lane section of Interstate. [2] It next meets Interstate 35 in the Fort Smith Junction complex, forming a concurrency with it for about two miles (3 km). It then passes through Del City and Midwest City on a freeway known as the Tinker Diagonal, providing access to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.

In far eastern Oklahoma City, I-40 meets Interstate 240 in a partial junction before passing through the north side of Shawnee. In Henryetta, I-40 serves as the northern terminus of the Indian Nation Turnpike. In McIntosh County, it crosses the northernmost arm of Lake Eufaula and meets the US-69 freeway south of Checotah.

Near Webbers Falls, I-40 is the southern terminus of the Muskogee Turnpike. It then crosses the Arkansas River before heading around southern Sallisaw. The interstate crosses into Arkansas north of Moffett.

History[edit]

US 66.svg

West of Oklahoma City, Interstate 40 parallels and replaces Old US-66. US-66 was decommissioned in Oklahoma in 1985.

Bridge collapse[edit]

Main article: I-40 bridge disaster

The I-40 bridge over the Arkansas River/McClellan-Kerr Navigation System near Webbers Falls was struck by a barge on May 26, 2002, causing the bridge to collapse and resulting in the death of 14 people.

Westbound I-40 traffic was detoured through Gore and Webbers Falls along SH-10, US-64, and SH-100, while eastbound traffic was diverted through Porum and Stigler along SH-2, SH-9, and US-59.[3] Delays of thirty to fifty minutes on the 12-mile (19 km) westbound detour were typical, although trains passing through Gore could lengthen wait times by 15 minutes. The eastbound detour added 40 miles (64 km) and two hours to the typical trip. Some travelers chose to avoid the area entirely; one Tulsa trucking firm detoured trucks via Springdale, adding 70 miles (110 km) to the trip.[4][5]

The detour significantly impacted the town of Gore. Local firefighters directed traffic there 24 hours a day, with daytime temperatures approaching 100 °F (38 °C). Businesses in Gore reported loss of revenue due to the traffic; one gas station reported a 30% decline in revenue while traffic was detoured through town.[5]

Oklahoma City Crosstown realignment[edit]

The I-40 Oklahoma City Crosstown Expressway was built in 1966;[citation needed] however, this stretch of elevated highway is too narrow for existing traffic, and is in disrepair. In response, I-40 has been relocated a few blocks south of the exiting route, with the original elevated route torn down, and a landscaped boulevard proposed on the old right-of-way, similar to the I-30 reconstruction through downtown Fort Worth, Texas.[citation needed] The project was completed in February 2012.[2]

Business routes and old alignments[edit]

Business Loop 40.svg

I-40 has eight business routes in Oklahoma, six of which are old alignments of US-66. A number of other old alignments of US-66 are also present west of Oklahoma City.

Erick I-40 Business Loop (formerly US-66) is a Business Loop that runs from I-40 two miles (3 km) west of Erick to the old alignment of US-66, through Erick, and back to I-40, four miles (6 km) east of Erick.

Sayre I-40 Business Loop (formerly US-66) is a Business Loop that begins two miles (3 km) south of Sayre at US-283, runs north into the city, and then leaves Sayre to the east, rejoining I-40 two miles (3 km) east of US-283.

Elk City I-40 Business Loop (formerly US-66) is a Business Loop that begins at Exit 32, seven miles (11 km) west of Elk City. It runs for ten miles (16 km) through Elk City, rejoining I-40 at Exit 41.

Clinton I-40 Business Loop (formerly US-66) is a Business Loop that begins at Exit 65, runs five miles (8 km) through Clinton, and rejoinds I-40 at Exit 69.

Weatherford I-40 Business Loop (formerly US-66) is a Business Loop that exits I-40 at Exit 82B, runs four miles (6 km) through Weatherford, and rejoins I-40 at Exit 82.

El Reno I-40 Business Loop (formerly US-66) is a Business Loop through El Reno. It exits I-40 at Exit 119, runs eight miles (13 km) through El Reno, and rejoins I-40 at Exit 125, the interchange with US-81.

Henryetta I-40 Business Loop (formerly US-62/US-75) is a Business Loop that leaves I-40 at Exit 237, runs four miles (6 km) through Henryetta, and rejoins I-40 at Exit 240, the interchange with US-75 and the Indian Nation Turnpike.

Sallisaw I-40 Business Loop is a Business Loop that leaves I-40 at Exit 308, US-59, runs four miles (6 km) through Sallisaw, and rejoins I-40 at Exit 311, US-64.

Exit list[edit]

Exit 176
Exit 181
Exit 240A
Exit 262
County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Texas–Oklahoma state line 0.00 0.00 I‑40 continues west into Texas
Beckham   1 Texola
  5 I‑40 Bus. east (Honeyfarm Road) – Erick
Erick 7 SH-30 – Erick, Sweetwater
  11 I‑40 Bus. west – Erick
  14 Hext Road
Sayre 20 I‑40 Bus. east / US-283 (South 4th Street) – Mangum
23 SH-152 (Main Street) – Cordell
25.11 40.41 25 I‑40 Bus. west (North 4th Street)
  26 Cemetery Road
  32 I‑40 Bus. east / SH-34 south – Carter, Mangum, Elk City Western terminus of SH-34 concurrency
  34 Merritt Road
Elk City 38 SH-6 (South Main Street) – Altus
40 East 7th Street
41 I‑40 Bus. west / SH-34 north – Woodward, Elk City Eastern terminus of SH-34 concurrency
Washita Canute 47 Canute
  50 Clinton Lake Road
Foss 53 SH-44 – Foss, Altus
Custer   57 Stafford Road
  61 Haggard Road
  62 Parkersburg Road
Clinton 65 I‑40 Bus. east (Gary Boulevard) No eastbound entrance
65A 10th Street, Neptune Drive
66 US-183 (S. 4th Street) – Cordell
  69.16 111.30 69 I‑40 Bus. west – Clinton Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
  71 Custer City Road
Weatherford 80 SH-54 – Thomas, Mountain View
80A I‑40 Bus. east (W. Main Street) – Southwestern Oklahoma State University Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
82 I‑40 Bus. west (E. Main Street)
84 Airport Road
Caddo   88 SH-58 – Hydro, Carnegie
  95 Bethel Road
  101 US-281 / SH-8 – Hinton, Anadarko
Canadian   104 Methodist Road
  108 US 281 Spur.svg US-281 SpurGeary, Watonga
  115 US-270 west – Calumet Western terminus of US-270 concurrency
  119 I‑40 Bus. east – El Reno
El Reno 123 Country Club Road
125 I‑40 Bus. west / US-81 – El Reno, Chickasha
  130 Banner Road
  132 Cimarron Road – C.E. Page Airport
Yukon 136 Garth Brooks Blvd.
137 Cornwell Drive, Czech Hall Road
138 SH-4 (Mustang Road) – Yukon, Mustang Westbound exit via exit 139
139 Kilpatrick Tpk. east
140 Morgan Road
Oklahoma Oklahoma City 142 Council Road
143 Rockwell Avenue
144 MacArthur Boulevard
145 Meridian Avenue
146 Portland Avenue Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
147A I‑44 west / SH-3 east – Lawton
147B I‑44 east / SH-3 west – Tulsa
147C May Avenue – Fair Park Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
148A Agnew Avenue, Villa Avenue
148B Crosstown Boulevard
148C Penn Avenue
149 Western Avenue
150A Shields Boulevard No Westbound exit
150B Robinson Avenue Westbound exit
151A Crosstown Boulevard[6] Projected ramp to future boulevard along old I-40 alignment
151B I‑35 south / US-62 west (US-77 south) – Dallas Western terminus of I-35/US-62 concurrency
151C I‑235 north (US-77 north) – Edmond, State Capitol, Oklahoma Health Center Signed as exit 126 westbound
127 Eastern Avenue, M. L. King Avenue Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
153 I‑35 north / US-62 east to I‑44 – Tulsa, Wichita Eastern terminus of I-35/US-62 concurrency
Del City 154 Reno Avenue, Scott Street
155A Sunnylane Road – Del City
155B S.E. 15th Street – Del City, Midwest City
Midwest City 156A Sooner Road
156B Hudiburg Drive No eastbound entrance
157A S.E. 29th Street – Midwest City Eastbound exit only
157B Air Depot Boulevard - Tinker Gate
157C Town Center Drive - Eaker Gate
159A Hruskocy Gate
159B Douglas Boulevard – Lancer Gate, Liberator Gate, Marauder Gate
Oklahoma City 162 Anderson Road
165 I‑240 west (SH-3) – Lawton, Dallas Western terminus of SH-3 concurrency; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
166 Choctaw Road
169 Peebly Road
172 Newalla Road – Harrah
Pottawatomie   176 SH-102 north (McLoud Road) Western terminus of SH-102 concurrency
  178 SH-102 south – Dale, Bethel Acres Eastern terminus of SH-102 concurrency
  181 US-177 / US-270 east / SH-3W east – Shawnee, Tecumseh Eastern terminus of US-270 concurrency, SH-3 splits into SH-3E (which remains concurrent with I-40) and SH-3W (which exits)
Shawnee 185 SH-3E east – Shawnee Eastern terminus of SH-3E concurrency
186 SH-18 – Shawnee, Meeker
  192 SH-9A south – Earlsboro
Seminole   200 US-377 / SH-99 – Prague, Seminole
  212 SH-56 – Cromwell, Wewoka
Okfuskee   217 SH-48 – Holdenville, Bristow
  221 US-62 west / SH-27 – Okemah, Wetumka Western terminus of US-62 concurrency
  227 Clearview Road
  231 US-75 south – Wetumka, Weleetka Western terminus of US-75 concurrency
Okmulgee Henryetta 237 I‑40 Bus. east – Henryetta
240A Indian Nation Tpk. – McAlester, Dallas
240B US-62 east / US-75 north / I‑40 Bus. west – Okmulgee Eastern terminus of US-62/US-75 concurrency
McIntosh   247 Tiger Mountain Road
  255 Pierce Road
  259 SH-150 (Lake Eufaula Road)
  262 To US-266 / Lotawatah Road
  264 US-69 – Eufaula, McAlester, Dallas
  265
US-69 Bus. – Checotah
  270 Texanna Road – Porum Landing
Muskogee   278 US-266 / SH-2 – Muskogee, Warner, Porum
  284 Ross Road
  286 Muskogee Tpk. west – Muskogee, Tulsa
  287 SH-100 north – Webbers Falls, Gore
Sequoyah   291 SH-10 north (Carlisle Road) – Gore
  297 SH-82 – Vian, Tahlequah
  303 Dwight Mission Road
Sallisaw 308 I‑40 Bus. east / US-59 – Sallisaw, Poteau
311 I‑40 Bus. west / US-64 – Sallisaw, Stilwell
  321 SH-64B north – Muldrow
  325 US-64 – Roland, Fort Smith
  330 SH-64D south – Dora, Fort Smith Eastbound exit and westbound entrance (Westbound exit and eastbound entrance is in Arkansas and is signed as Exit 1)
Oklahoma–Arkansas state line 331.00 532.69 I‑40 continues east into Arkansas
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary route[edit]

I-40 has one auxiliary route in Oklahoma:

  • I‑240: A bypass of the south side of Oklahoma City

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Froehlig, Adam. Scans from the "Yellow Book". Froggie's Place. URL accessed 20 September 2006.
  2. ^ a b "OKC I-40 Crosstown". Okladot.state.ok.us. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  3. ^ "I-40 Webbers Falls Local Detour Route & Map". Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  4. ^ Stewart, D. R. (2002-05-29). "Truckers weigh cost of detours". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  5. ^ a b Morgan, Rhett (2002-07-26). "Towns on detour route await bridge reopening". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  6. ^ ODOT Job Piece No. 17428(34), sheet 209

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing


Interstate 40
Previous state:
Texas
Oklahoma Next state:
Arkansas