Oklahoma State Highway 9

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State Highway 9 marker

State Highway 9
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 348.1 mi[2][3][4] (560.2 km)
Existed: August 24, 1924[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: SH 203 at the Texas state line
East end: I‑540 / US 271 at the Arkansas state line
Highway system
SH-8 SH-10

State Highway 9, abbreviated as SH-9, OK-9, or simply Highway 9, is a major east–west highway in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Spanning across the central part of the state, SH-9 begins at the Texas state line near Madge, Oklahoma, and ends at the Arkansas state line near Fort Smith, Arkansas. State Highway 9 is a major highway around the Norman area. At 348.1 miles (560.2 km),[2][3][4] SH-9 is Oklahoma's second-longest state highway (second to State Highway 3).

Route description[edit]

West of Interstate 35[edit]

A new SH-9 sign, of the 2006 design, just west of I-35 in Goldsby

From the western terminus at State Highway 203 along the Texas border, the highway travels due east for five miles (8.0 km) and intersects with SH-30 between Madge and Vinson.[5] SH-9 continues east for 23 miles (37 km)[5] without intersecting another highway until meeting US-283 and SH-34 two miles (3.2 km) north of Mangum. The highway overlaps the other two routes for four miles (6.4 km), going north, before splitting off and heading east again through Granite and Lone Wolf. East of Lone Wolf, the highway forms a concurrency with SH-44. Near Hobart, SH-9 overlaps US-183 for 4 miles (6.4 km)(again going northward) before splitting off again.[5]

Continuing east, SH-9 passes through Gotebo, Mountain View, and Carnegie. Around Fort Cobb, Oklahoma, the highway begins nine miles (14 km) of travel to the south. There, the route links up with the concurrent U.S. Highways 62 and 281. While US-281 will split off in Anadarko, SH-9 and US-62 remain concurrent until Newcastle. In Chickasha, US-277 joins to form another three-route concurrency with US-62 and SH-9. On the eastern edge of Chickasha, US-62/277/SH-9 have an interchange with I-44, or more commonly known as the H.E. Bailey Turnpike.[5]

Traveling northeast from Chickasha, US-62/277/SH-9 are routed to the town of Blanchard. Four miles later, SH-9 splits away from the two U.S. routes at a diamond interchange that also serves as the eastern terminus of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike Spur. SH-9 remains without any concurrent routes until Goldsby. The section of road east of US-62/277, recently upgraded to a four-lane divided highway, provides a link from the H.E. Bailey Turnpike Spur to Interstate 35. At the interstate, SH-9 merges onto I-35 northbound to cross the Canadian River into Norman.[5]

East of Interstate 35[edit]

SH-9 East exiting from I-35 in Norman

Through Norman, Highway 9 serves as a major artery providing access to the University of Oklahoma campus (in particular, the Lloyd Noble Center). Around the area, the route is a four-lane divided highway (with surface crossings and stoplights). However, after a full interchange with US-77, the road becomes a two lane highway again.[5]

SH-9 continues eastward, passing Lake Thunderbird State Park, before reaching the towns of Tecumseh and Seminole. The road intersects the Indian Nation Turnpike near Hanna, and US-69 near Eufaula. SH-9 provides access to the south side of Lake Eufaula before reaching Stigler.[5]

SH-9 overlaps US-59 for 5 miles (8.0 km), after which the road becomes concurrent with US-271. Both remain concurrent, until the highway ends at the Arkansas border. After passing the Arkansas state line, State Highway 9 becomes I-540, and US-271 continues over the state line concurrent with the Interstate.[5]

History[edit]

Original SH-9 shield

Officially designated on 1924-08-24,[1] the original route encompassed all of current SH-9 west of Blanchard. East of Blanchard, SH-9 followed a more northerly route. Bypassing Norman, SH-9 ran north to Oklahoma City before going east through Harrah, Meeker, Prague, Henryetta, and Checotah. The highway ended at the original State Highway 3 in Spiro. Upon the creation of the United States Numbered Routes system in 1926, the section between Oklahoma City and Warner was overlaid with U.S. Highway 266.[6] Four years later in 1930, SH-9 was truncated to Chickasha.[1] By this time, much of the route had become part of U.S. Highway 62.[7]

On 1935-08-27, the route was extended eastward,[1] taking over the original SH-37. SH-9's eastern terminus became SH-48 near Seminole.[8] On 1937-08-25, the route was brought further east to end at US-69 in Eufaula.[1] Part of the newly commissioned section was rescinded on 1937-10-19,[1] when a small segment just east of SH-48 and the entire Hughes County portion were dropped from the highway.[9] These sections were re-added on 1938-09-27.[1]

State Highway 9 was extended eastward twice in the route's history. The first extension occurred on 1941-02-26,[1] and extended SH-9 to SH-2 at Whitefield.[10] The final extension brought SH-9 to the Arkansas state line on 1941-11-12.[1] The only major realignment in SH-9's history since 1941 was the Norman expressway bypass, which was designated as SH-9 on 1971-11-08.[1]

After the I-40 bridge disaster, parts of State Highway 9 in eastern Oklahoma served as an emergency detour for eastbound I-40 traffic. All eastbound traffic was routed along the section of SH-9 between SH-2 in Whitefield and US-59. In addition, the section of SH-9 between US-59 and the Arkansas state line were used for eastbound traffic for commercial trucks.[11]

Future[edit]

Discussions are under way to widen SH-9 to four lanes east of US-77 in Norman. The City of Norman and ODOT have conflict in their proposals for the design of the widened highway. ODOT has proposed a 16-foot (4.9 m) paved median, with 12-foot (3.7 m) shoulders to accommodate bicyclists. Norman's proposal includes a grass median and a separate bike path along the north side of the right-of-way, running from 24th Avenue S.E. to Lake Thunderbird. ODOT criticized the city's plan as too expensive. The city is now proposing a compromise, with a narrower raised concrete median and separate bike path.[12]

Spurs[edit]

State Highway 9 creates three spur highways throughout the state. Additionally, it has two business routes, serving towns the main route bypasses. These routes are:

  • Business SH-9, a three mile (5 km) loop through Hobart.
  • Another instance of Business SH-9 that loops through Gotebo. (This is not shown on the state highway map.)
SH-9A shield
  • SH-9A is a designation for three distinct highways:
    • A highway that intersects SH-9 in Earlsboro and links the parent highway to I-40 and SH-39 in Konawa. The spur also passes through the town of Maud.
    • A connector highway from US-69 to SH-9 south of Eufaula.
    • A spur route to SH-112 in Arkoma. This section is a former alignment of U.S. Highway 271.

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile[2][3][4] km Destinations Notes
Texas–Oklahoma state line 0.0 0.0 SH 203 continues west into Texas
Harmon   4.9 7.9 SH-30
Greer   28.3 45.5 US-283 / SH-34 Western terminus of US-283/SH-34 concurrency
  32.0 51.5 US-283 / SH-34 Eastern terminus of US-283/SH-34 concurrency
Granite 39.2 63.1 SH-6
Kiowa Lone Wolf 47.6 76.6 SH-44 Western terminus of SH-44 concurrency
  50.8 81.8 SH-44 Eastern terminus of SH-44 concurrency
Hobart 55.9 90.0
SH-9 Bus.
Southern terminus of BUS SH-9
57.9 93.2 US-183 Southern terminus of US-183 concurrency
58.9 94.8
SH-9 Bus.
Eastern terminus of BUS SH-9
  61.9 99.6 US-183 Northern terminus of US-183 concurrency
Gotebo 71.9 115.7
SH-9 Bus.
Western terminus of BUS SH-9
72.9 117.3 SH-54
Mountain View 80.0 128.7 SH-115 Western terminus of SH-115 concurrency
  81.2 130.7 SH-115 Eastern terminus of SH-115 concurrency
Caddo Carnegie 88.5 142.4 SH-58
  98.2 158.0 SH-146 Southern terminus of SH-146
  106.3 171.1 US-62 / US-281 Western terminus of US-62/281 concurrency
Anadarko 114.7 184.6 US-281 / SH-8 Eastern terminus of US-281 concurrency, western terminus of SH-8 concurrency
115.3 185.6 SH-8 Eastern terminus of SH-8 concurrency
Grady Chickasha 131.1 211.0 US-81 Western terminus of US-81 concurrency
132.8 213.7 US-81 / US-277 Eastern terminus of US-81 concurrency, southern terminus of US-277 concurrency
134.4 216.3 I‑44 / H.E. Bailey Tpk. Diamond interchange
  136.1 219.0 SH-92 Southern terminus of SH-92
Tabler 139.6 224.7 SH-39 Western terminus of SH-39
McClain Blanchard 150.4 242.0 SH-76 Southern terminus of SH-76 concurrency
151.4 243.7 SH-76
Newcastle 156.1 251.2 US-62 / US-277 / H.E. Bailey Tpk. Norman Spur Diamond interchange
Goldsby 162.1 260.9 I‑35 Irregular interchange, I-35 exit 106, southern terminus of I-35 concurrency
Cleveland Norman 163.7 263.4 I‑35 Trumpet interchange, I-35 exit 108A, northern terminus of I-35 concurrency
168.0 270.4 US-77 Parclo interchange
Pottawatomie   190.6 306.7 SH-102
Tecumseh 198.4 319.3 US-177 / SH-3W
  203.6 327.7 SH-9A Western terminus of SH-9A concurrency
Earlsboro 204.8 329.6 SH-9A Eastern terminus of SH-9A concurrency
Seminole Seminole 212.5 342.0 US-270 / SH-3E
214.5 345.2 US-377 / SH-99
  224.6 361.5 SH-56
Hughes   228.0 366.9 SH-48
  235.0 378.2 SH-27 Southern terminus of SH-27
Wetumka 237.3 381.9 US-75
Dustin 250.5 403.1 SH-84 Southern terminus of SH-84
McIntosh   256.3 412.5 Indian Nation Tpk.
  259.2 417.1 SH-52 Northern terminus of SH-52
Eufaula 276.4 444.8 US-69 Parclo interchange
277.1 445.9
US-69 Bus.
Northern terminus of US-69 Bus. concurrency
278.1 447.6
US-69 Bus.
Southern terminus of US-69 Bus. concurrency
281.5 453.0 SH-9A Eastern terminus of SH-9A
Haskell Enterprise 291.9 469.8 SH-71
Whitefield 300.3 483.3 SH-2
Stigler 306.8 493.7 SH-82 Northern terminus of SH-82
  316.6 509.5 SH-26 Northern terminus of SH-26
Le Flore   328.2 528.2 US-59 Western terminus of US-59 concurrency
  333.7 537.0 US-59 / US-271 Eastern terminus of US-59 concurrency, western terminus of US-271 concurrency
Braden 343.2 552.3 SH-9A Southern terminus of SH-9A
  345.4 555.9 SH-112 Western terminus of SH-112 concurrency
  347.4 559.1 SH-112 Eastern terminus of SH-112 concurrency
Oklahoma–Arkansas state line 348.1 560.2 I‑540 / US 271 continue east into Arkansas
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

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  12. ^ Cannon, Jane Glen (2008-09-17). "Highway widening talks continue". The Oklahoman. p. VI 1. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing