Interstate 44 in Oklahoma

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Interstate 44 marker

Interstate 44
Route information
Maintained by ODOT & Oklahoma Turnpike Authority
Length: 328.53 mi[1] (528.72 km)
Existed: 1956 – present
Major junctions
West end: I-44 / US 277 / US 281 at the Texas state line
  I‑240 in Oklahoma City
I‑40 in Oklahoma City
I‑235 in Oklahoma City
I‑35 in Oklahoma City
I‑244 in Tulsa
East end: I-44 at the Missouri state line
Highway system
SH-43 SH-44

Interstate 44 runs diagonally through the U.S. state of Oklahoma, spanning from the Texas state line near Wichita Falls to the Missouri border near Joplin. It connects three of Oklahoma's largest cities, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Lawton. Most of I-44 in Oklahoma is a toll road. In southwestern Oklahoma, I-44 is the H.E. Bailey Turnpike and follows a north–south direction. From Oklahoma City to Tulsa, I-44 follows the Turner Turnpike As I-44 leaves Tulsa it becomes the Will Rogers Turnpike to the Missouri border. In the Lawton, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa metro areas, I-44 is toll-free.

I-44 is paralleled by former US-66 (now mostly SH-66) from Oklahoma City to the Missouri state line.

Route description[edit]

I-44 westbound as it enters Oklahoma near Joplin, MO.

I-44 crosses the Red River near Burkburnett, Texas. It is a freeway until Exit 5, which is the last free exit before the start of the southern section of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. At Exit 30, the tolls end and I-44 becomes a freeway again through Lawton and Fort Sill until Exit 46. The northern section of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike carries I-44 north, serving Chickasha, before ending at U.S. Highway 62 (Exit 107) in Newcastle.

From Newcastle, I-44 heads north through rural parts of Oklahoma City before serving as the western terminus of Interstate 240. It then indirectly serves Will Rogers World Airport by connecting to S.W. 59th St. (which becomes S.W. 54th St before reaching the airport) and SH-152, the Airport Road freeway. I-44 meets Interstate 40 west of downtown, at an interchange sometimes referred to as the Amarillo Junction. I-44 then passes west of the state fairgrounds and continues north to provide access to Bethany and Warr Acres. It then turns more eastbound to meet Interstate 35, which it overlaps to the Turner Turnpike interchange.

I-44 then follows the Turner Turnpike to Sapulpa, where it becomes a freeway after meeting OK 66. I-44 bypasses downtown Tulsa; Interstate 244 serves the downtown areas. After meeting the Creek Turnpike again on the east side of the city, I-44 becomes a turnpike once again, gaining the Will Rogers Turnpike designation.

The Will Rogers Turnpike section serves many northeast Oklahoma towns, including Claremore, Vinita (where it passes under the world's largest McDonald's), and Miami. After passing Miami, I-44 crosses the state line into Missouri.

History[edit]

I-44 was designated through Oklahoma to replace the section of US-66 running from Oklahoma City to Joplin, Missouri. I-44 covered the already-existing Turner Turnpike and Will Rogers Turnpike, with a western terminus at I-35 in Oklahoma City, the current western terminus of the Turner Turnpike.

I-44 was assigned to the H.E. Bailey Turnpike in 1982, when I-44 was assigned to the west and north legs of I-240 (then a semi-beltway around Oklahoma City) and the H.E. Bailey Turnpike as part of Oklahoma's "Diamond Jubilee" celebrations.[2] Before I-44 was assigned to it, the freeway connector to the north end of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike was named the Will Rogers Expressway.[3] The freeway section through Lawton was the Pioneer Expressway.[3]

Part of I-44 in Tulsa, OK was faced with a sinkhole found on the right lane of the westbound traffic between Lewis and Peoria on June 2, 2010. According to the local channel 6 news, the sinkhole measured 12 feet wide and 24 feet long. Fortunately traffic was only affected for a short period of time and has since been reopened.

Exit list[edit]


County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Red River 0.00 0.00 I-44 west / US 277 south / US 281 south continues into Texas
Cotton   1.13 1.82 1 SH-36 – Grandfield
  5.65 9.09 5 US-70 (US-277 north/US-281 north) – Randlett Eastern terminus of US-277/US-281 concurrency
  H.E. Bailey Turnpike begins
Walters 20.65 33.23 20 SH-5 (US-277/US-281) – Walters Walters toll plaza is located at this interchange
Comanche   30 SH-36 west (US-277 south/US-281 south) – Geronimo, Faxon, Frederick Western terminus of US-277/US-281 concurrency
Lawton 33
US-281 Bus. north (11th Street)
36A SH-7 east (Lee Boulevard) – Duncan Signed as exits 36A (east) and 36B (west) westbound
37 Gore Boulevard
39B
US-281 Bus. south – Lawton
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
39A Cache Road – Lawton Business District
LawtonFort Sill line 40A US-62 west (Rogers Lane) – Cache, Altus Signed as exits 40A (east) and 40B (west) westbound
Fort Sill 40C Gate 2 Exit closed
41 Key Gate
  45 SH-49 – Carnegie, Medicine Park
  46 US-62 east / US-277 north / US-281 north – Elgin, Apache, Anadarko Eastbound exit and westbound entrance, eastern terminus of US-62/US-277/US-281 concurrency
Elgin 53 US-277 – Fletcher, Elgin, Sterling
  62 Fletcher, Cyril, Sterling Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Caddo
No major junctions
Grady   Chickasha toll plaza
Chickasha 80 US-81 (US-277) – Duncan, Chickasha
83 US-62 (US-277) – Chickasha, Anadarko
  Newcastle toll plaza
  99A H.E. Bailey Turnpike Spur – Blanchard, Norman
  99B SH-4 – Yukon, Mustang, Tuttle
McClain   H.E. Bailey Turnpike ends
Newcastle 107 US-62 west / US-277 south – Newcastle, Blanchard Western terminus of US-62 concurrency
108 SH-37 west – Minco, Tuttle Western terminus of SH-37 concurrency
108A Frontage Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Cleveland Oklahoma City 109 SW 149th Street
110 SH-37 east (SW 134th Street) – Moore Eastern terminus of SH-37 concurrency
111 SW 119th Street
112 SW 104th Street
Oklahoma 113 SW 89th Street
114 SW 74th Street
115 I‑240 east / US-62 east / SH-3 east – Dallas, Fort Smith Eastern terminus of US-62 concurrency, western terminus of SH-3 concurrency, no exit number westbound
116A SW 59th Street
116B SH-152 west (Airport Road)
117A SW 44th Street Signed as exit 117B westbound
118 SW 29th Street
119 SW 15th Street
120 I‑40 – Amarillo, Fort Smith Signed as exits 120A (west) and 120B (east)
121 NW 10th Street – Fair Park Signed as exits 121A (east) and 121B (west)
122 NW 23rd Street
123A NW 36th Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
SH-3 west / SH-74 north (Lake Hefner Parkway) East end of SH-3 overlap
123B SH-66 west – Warr Acres, Bethany Western terminus of SH-66 concurrency
124 N. May Avenue
125A N. Penn Avenue Full name is "Pennsylvania"
125B Classen Boulevard
125C Northwest Expressway Eastbound exit is via exit 125A
126 Western Avenue
127 I‑235 / US-77 (Broadway Extension) – Downtown Oklahoma City, Edmond
128A Lincoln Boulevard  – State Capitol
128B Kelley Avenue
129 M.L. King Avenue
130 I‑35 west to I‑40 – Oklahoma City, Dallas Western terminus of I-35 concurrency, no exit number westbound
134 Wilshire Boulevard
135 Britton Road
136 Hefner Road
137 NE 122nd Street
I‑35 north / SH-66 east – Tulsa Eastern terminus of I-35/SH-66 concurrency
138B Kilpatrick Turnpike No exit number westbound
Turner Turnpike begins
146 Luther, Jones Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Lincoln Wellston 158 SH-66 – Wellston
  166 SH-18 – Chandler, Cushing
Stroud 179 SH-99 – Stroud, Drumright
Creek   Toll plaza
  196 SH-48 (SH-66) – Bristow, Lake Keystone
  211 SH-33 / SH-66 – Drumright, Kellyville
Sapulpa 215 SH-97 – Sapulpa, Sand Springs
218A SH-66 – Sapulpa
Turner Turnpike ends
218B Creek Turnpike east Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Tulsa 221A 57th W. Avenue Westbound exit only
221B SH-66 west – Bristow, Sapulpa Westbound exit and eastbound entrance, west end of SH-66 overlap
222A 49th W. Avenue
222B 55th Place Eastbound exit only
222C 56th Street Westbound exit only
223A I‑244 east – Downtown Tulsa
223B 51st Street Via Gilcrease Expressway), signed as exit 1B eastbound; exit no. corresponds to I-244
Tulsa 223C 33rd W. Avenue
224 US-75 – Okmulgee, Bartlesville
Union Avenue
Elwood Avenue
Union Avenue and Elwood Avenue access via collector-distributor road eastbound, Union Avenue access via collector-distributor road westbound
225 Elwood Avenue Eastbound exit is part of exit 224
226A Riverside Drive
226B Peoria Avenue
227 Lewis Avenue
228 51st Street, Harvard Avenue
229 Yale Avenue
230 41st Street, Sheridan Road
231 US-64 / SH-51 to US-169 – Muskogee, Broken Arrow, Downtown Tulsa
232 E. 31st Street, Memorial Drive Eastbound exit is part of exit 231
233 E. 21st Street Signed as exit 233B westbound
234A US-169 – Owasso, Broken Arrow No eastbound exit to US-169 south
234B Garnett Road Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
235 E. 11th Street
236 129th E. Avenue
236B I‑244 west / US-412 west – Sand Springs, Enid Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; west end of US-412 overlap
Rogers TulsaCatoosa line 238 161st E. Avenue
Catoosa 240 SH-167 north (193rd E. Avenue)
241 SH-66 east – Claremore, Catoosa No eastbound entrance; east end of SH-66 overlap; no exit number westbound
  33A US-412 east – Chouteau, Siloam Springs East end of US-412 overlap; no exit number eastbound
  Creek Turnpike west – Oklahoma City
  Will Rogers Turnpike begins
  35 E. Pine Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
  248 SH-266 west – Port of Catoosa, Claremore
  255 SH-20 – Pryor, Claremore
Mayes   269 SH-28 – Chelsea, South Grand Lake, Adair Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Craig Big Cabin 283 US-69 – Big Cabin
  Toll plaza
  289 US-60 (US-69) to SH-66 – Vinita
Ottawa   302 US-59 / US-60 (US-69) – Fairland, Grove, Afton
  313 SH-10 – Miami
Oklahoma–Missouri state line 328.53 528.72 Will Rogers Turnpike ends
I-44 east continues into Missouri
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ Stuve, Eric. "Interstate Highways at OKHighways.com". OKHighways. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  2. ^ "I-240 Section Changing to I-44". The Daily Oklahoman. 1982-10-09. 
  3. ^ a b Skelly Oil Company. Highway Map of Oklahoma (Map). Cartography by Diversified Map Co (1966 ed.). Section 11C.


Interstate 44
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Texas
Oklahoma Next state:
Missouri