Interstate 44 in Texas

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Interstate 44 marker

Interstate 44
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 14.77 mi[2] (23.77 km)
Existed: 1982[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 82 / US 277 / US 281 / US 287 in Wichita Falls
  US 287 in Wichita Falls
East end: I‑44 / US-277 / US-281 at Oklahoma state line
Highway system
SH 43 SH 44

In the U.S. state of Texas, Interstate 44 has a short but regionally important 14.77-mile (23.77 km) stretch, connecting Wichita Falls with Oklahoma. Its entire length is concurrent with U.S. Highway 277 and U.S. Highway 281. I-44 provides access to downtown Wichita Falls and Sheppard Air Force Base. The Interstate 44, US-277, US-281, US-287 concurrency is known as "Central Freeway" throughout the city. For example, I-44 East is known as "Central Freeway East."

Route description[edit]

I-44 begins near exit 1 in Wichita Falls concurrent with US 277, US 281 and US 287. US 281 and US 287 continue to the south while US 277 leaves the concurrency at exit 1, which also provides access to US 82. I-44 heads north through Wichita Falls to an interchange with US 287 and Spur 325. US 287 leaves the concurrency as a freeway to the west while Spur 325 leaves the interchange towards the northeast providing access to Sheppard Air Force Base and Wichita Falls Municipal Airport. I-44 continues to the north as it leaves the Wichita Falls city limits at Bacon Switch Road. The freeway enters the Burkburnett city limits south of an interchange at FM 3429. Heading north through the city, I-44 has interchanges with SH 240 and Spur 383. After passing Spur 383, I-44 begins to head towards the northeast before its final interchange in Texas at Loop 267. I-44 leaves the state of Texas at its crossing of the Red River and enters Oklahoma.[3]

History[edit]

Interstate 44 was signed south from Oklahoma City past I-40, along the H. E. Bailey Turnpike, in 1982. This expanded the interstate by some 100 miles to Texas. This additional signage included the Red River Expressway in Burkburnett and the Central Freeway in Wichita Falls, to 8th street (being concurrent with US 277/281/287). For many years the freeway ended here, forcing traffic to exit onto the service roads. In the early 2000s, the Central Freeway was expanded through the downtown area, connecting directly to the Central East Freeway.

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Wichita County.

Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Wichita Falls 0.00 0.00 US 281 south / US 287 south / US 82 west / US 277 south – Jacksboro, Fort Worth, Lubbock, Abilene Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
1 Holliday Street – Business District Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
1A
Bus. US 277 south
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
1B Scotland Park Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
1C Texas Travel Info Center
1D
Bus. US 287
2 Maurine Street
3A US 287 north – Vernon, Amarillo East end of US 287 concurrency
3B Spur 325 – Sheppard AFB
3C FM 890 – Wichita Falls Municipal Airport
4 City Loop Street Eastbound exit and entrance
4 Frontage Road Westbound exit only
5 Access Road Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
5A FM 3492 (Missile Road) – Sheppard AFB
6 Bacon Switch Road
  7 East Road
Burkburnett 11 FM 3429 (Daniels Road)
12 SH 240 – Burkburnett
13 Spur 383 (Glendale Street)
14 Loop 267 (East Third Street) to SH 240 west – Burkburnett
  14.77 23.77 I‑44 east / US-277 north / US-281 north Continuation into Oklahoma
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing


Interstate 44
Previous state:
Terminus
Texas Next state:
Oklahoma