Interstate 40 in Oklahoma
|Maintained by ODOT|
|Length:||331 mi (533 km)|
|Existed:||1957 – present|
|West end:||I-40 at the Texas state line|
|Muskogee Turnpike near Webbers Falls|
|East end:||I-40 at the Arkansas state line|
Interstate 40 (I-40) is an Interstate Highway in Oklahoma that runs 331 miles (533 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, 266, and 64.
Cities along the route include Erick, Sayre, Elk City, Clinton, Weatherford, Oklahoma City and its suburbs (El Reno, Yukon, Del City, Midwest City, and Shawnee), Okemah, Henryetta, Checotah, and Sallisaw.
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 the Oklahoma City Metro Area at Canadian County.
I-40 runs through the south side of El Reno as it enters the Oklahoma City metro. It then passes through Yukon before entering Oklahoma City city limits. In west Oklahoma City, I-40 has a junction with Interstate 44 (the Amarillo Junction). It then runs just south of downtown Oklahoma City on a new ten lane section. I-40 then interlines with Interstate 35 at the Dallas Junction complex, forming a concurrency with it for about two miles (3 km). After the Dallas Junction, I-40 then passes through Del City and Midwest City on a freeway known as the Tinker Diagonal, providing access to Tinker Air Force Base in east Oklahoma City.
In far eastern Oklahoma City, I-40 meets Interstate 240 in a partial junction before passing through the north side of Shawnee marking the eastern end of the OKC metro area. 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.
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West of Oklahoma City, Interstate 40 parallels and replaces Old US-66. US-66 was decommissioned in Oklahoma in 1985.
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. 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.
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.
On December 17, 2015, a Pasadena, Texas man allegedly shot and killed two people on Interstate 40 near Weatherford, Oklahoma. He was arrested by police in Clinton, Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City Crosstown realignment
The original I-40 Oklahoma City Crosstown Expressway was built in 1966 mostly as an elevated route; however, this former stretch was too narrow for existing traffic, and was frequently in disrepair. In response, the I-40 Crosstown Expressway has been relocated a few blocks south of the original route, and the original bridge torn down. The project was completed in February 2012.
The new I-40 Crosstown Expressway has been designed to carry 170,000+ vehicles-per-day traveling at 60 miles-per-hour (97 km/h) using at-least ten lanes for traffic, and has breakdown lanes for disabled vehicles and future lane expansion.
When the new crosstown opened in 2012, nearly 95% of non-rush hour traffic was considered 'through traffic'; not transferring to or from downtown streets.
A landscaped boulevard is currently under-construction (circa 2016) replacing the original I-40 Crosstown Bridge right-of-way through downtown Oklahoma City; similar to the I-30 reconstruction through downtown Fort Worth, Texas.
Business routes and old alignments
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.
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.
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|Texas–Oklahoma state line||0.00||0.00||I-40 continues west into Texas|
|||5||I‑40 Bus. east (Honeyfarm Road) – Erick|
|Erick||7||SH-30 – Erick, Sweetwater|
|||11||I‑40 Bus. west – Erick|
|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)|
|||32||I‑40 Bus. east / SH-34 south – Carter, Mangum, Elk City||Western terminus of SH-34 concurrency|
|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|
|||50||Clinton Lake Road|
|Foss||53||SH-44 – Foss, Altus|
|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)|
|Caddo||||88||SH-58 – Hydro, Carnegie|
|||101||US-281 / SH-8 – Hinton, Anadarko|
|||108||US-281 Spur – Geary, 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|
|||132||Cimarron Road – C.E. Page Airport|
|Yukon||135||Frisco Road||Planning underway, bid letting projected for 2017|
|136||Garth Brooks Boulevard|
|137||Cornwell Drive, Czech Hall Road||Eastbound exit and entrance on Czech Hall Road, westbound exit and entrance from Northwest 10th Street|
|138A||SH-4 (Mustang Road)||Westbound exit via exit 139|
|139||Kilpatrick Turnpike east||Eastbound I-40 exit 138B|
|Oklahoma||Oklahoma City||142||Council Road|
|146||Portland Avenue||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|147||I‑44 / SH-3 – Lawton, Tulsa||Signed as exits 147A (westbound I-44 exit) & 147B (eastbound I-44 exit); I-44 exits 120A-B|
|148A||Agnew Avenue, Villa Avenue|
|148B||Oklahoma City Boulevard||Boulevard planned to follow the previous Oklahoma City Crosstown Expressway alignment, currently in progress|
|150A||Shields Boulevard||No Westbound exit|
|150B||Robinson Avenue||Westbound exit|
|151A||Oklahoma City Boulevard|
|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, due to I-35 concurrency|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|||231||US-75 south – Wetumka, Weleetka||Western terminus of US-75 concurrency|
|Okmulgee||Henryetta||237||I‑40 Bus. east – Henryetta|
|240A||Indian Nation Turnpike – McAlester, Dallas||Indian Nation Turnpike exits 104A-B|
|240B||US-62 east / US-75 north / I‑40 Bus. west – Henryetta, Okmulgee||Eastern terminus of US-62/US-75 concurrency|
|McIntosh||||247||Tiger Mountain Road|
|||259||SH-150 (Lake Eufaula Road)|
|||262||To US-266 / Lotawatah Road|
|||264||US-69 – Eufaula, McAlester, Dallas||Signed as exits 264A (south) and 264B (north)|
US-69 Bus. – Checotah
|||270||Texanna Road – Porum Landing|
|Muskogee||||278||US-266 / SH-2 – Muskogee, Warner, Porum|
|||286||Muskogee Turnpike 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
I-40 has one auxiliary route in Oklahoma:
- I‑240: A bypass of the south side of Oklahoma City
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- Morgan, Rhett (July 26, 2002). "Towns on detour route await bridge reopening". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
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