Interstate 44 in Oklahoma

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Interstate 44 marker

Interstate 44
I-44 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ODOT & OTA
Length328.53 mi[1] (528.72 km)
Existed1956–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
Location
CountiesCotton, Comanche, Grady, McClain, Cleveland, Oklahoma, Lincoln, Creek, Tulsa, Rogers, Mayes, Craig, Ottawa
Highway system
Oklahoma State Highway System
SH-43SH-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.

In Oklahoma City, I-44 is also known as the Will Rogers Expressway.

Route description[edit]

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

I-44 crosses the Red River near Burkburnett, Texas. It is toll-free 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 non-tolled highway 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.

The I-44 and I-235/US-77 junction: The Eastbound exits are labeled 127A for Southbound I-235 towards Downtown, Oklahoma City and 127B for Norhtbound US-77 towards Edmond, Oklahoma. However traveling Westbound both exits are labeled 127. This junction also signifies the northern end for Interstate 235.

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 before reaching a junction with Interstate 235, which also signifies the northern end of I-235, and US-77 also known as the Broadway Extension which connects Downtown, Oklahoma City to Edmond Oklahoma. It then meets and follows a stretch of Interstate 35, which it overlaps with until the Turner Turnpike interchange where it takes an easterly turn again.

I-44 then follows the Turner Turnpike to Sapulpa, where it becomes a non-tolled road 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, about 600 feet south of the Kansas-Missouri-Oklahoma tripoint.

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 non-tolled section through Lawton was the Pioneer Expressway.[3]

Westbound I-44 northeast of Tulsa was affected by a sinkhole found on June 2, 2010. According to the local news, the sinkhole measured 12 feet wide and 24 feet long. Traffic was only affected for a short period of time and the roadway has since been reopened.[citation needed]

Southeast of Catoosa, I-44 was redesigned to have an interchange with the eastern expansion of the Creek Turnpike. A 1.5 mile stretch of the original roadbed remains, however it is unused and is not maintained by ODOT or any of the surrounding cities. In 2012, the only bridge over the abandoned stretch, Pine Street, was removed and replaced with a grade crossing.[citation needed]

Interstate 440[edit]

Interstate 440
LocationOklahoma City

The designation I-440 had been given to a stretch of Interstate Highway from I-240 to US-66 in Oklahoma City. It was a part of the original Grand Boulevard that had been built in compliance with Interstate standards. In 1975, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials approved renumbering I-440 as I-240 to create a single numeric designation for the Oklahoma City loop. In 1982, as part of Oklahoma's "Diamond Jubilee", I-44's western terminus was moved from the I-35/I-44 junction near Edmond, Oklahoma to the Texas/Oklahoma state-line via the Belle Isle Freeway (part of the recently designated I-240 connecting the former I-440 with I-35); I-240, the H.E. Bailey Turnpike; and the turnpike connector road on the eastern edge of Lawton, Oklahoma.[4] While the I-440 number was dropped in 1975, it is available if needed in the future.[citation needed]

Exit list[edit]


CountyLocationmikmExitDestinationsNotes
CottonRed River0.000.00 I-44 west / US 277 / US 281 southContinuation into Texas
President George W. Bush Bridge
1.131.821 SH-36 – Grandfield
5.659.095 US-70 / US-277 north / US-281 north – RandlettEastern terminus of US-277/US-281 concurrency
H.E. Bailey Turnpike begins
Walters20.6533.2320 SH-5 / US-277 / US-281 – WaltersWalters toll plaza is located at this interchange
Comanche30 SH-36 west / US-277 south / US-281 south – Geronimo, Faxon, FrederickWestern terminus of US-277/US-281 concurrency
Lawton33
US-281 Bus. north (11th Street)
36A SH-7 east (Lee Boulevard) – DuncanSigned as exits 36A (east) and 36B (west) westbound
37Gore Boulevard
39B
US-281 Bus. south – Lawton
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
39ACache Road – Lawton Business DistrictSigned as exit 38 eastbound
LawtonFort Sill line40A US-62 west (Rogers Lane) – Cache, AltusSigned as exits 40A (east) and 40B (west) westbound
Fort Sill41Key Gate
45 SH-49 – Carnegie, Medicine Park
46 US-62 east / US-277 north / US-281 north – Elgin, Apache, AnadarkoEastbound exit and westbound entrance, eastern terminus of US-62/US-277/US-281 concurrency
Elgin53 US-277 – Fletcher, Elgin, Sterling
62Fletcher, Cyril, SterlingWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
Caddo
No major junctions
GradyChickasha toll plaza
Chickasha80 US-81 (US-277) – Duncan, Chickasha
83 US-62 (US-277) – Chickasha, Anadarko
Newcastle toll plaza
99A H.E. Bailey Turnpike Spur – Blanchard, NormanCloverleaf interchange
99B SH-4 – Yukon, Mustang, Tuttle
McClainNewcastle H.E. Bailey Turnpike ends
107 US-62 west / US-277 south – Newcastle, BlanchardWestern terminus of US-62 concurrency
108 SH-37 west – Minco, TuttleWestern terminus of SH-37 concurrency
108AFrontage RoadWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
ClevelandOklahoma City109SW 149th Street
110 SH-37 east (SW 134th Street) – MooreEastern terminus of SH-37 concurrency
111SW 119th Street
112SW 104th Street
Oklahoma113SW 89th Street
114SW 74th Street
115 I-240 east / US-62 east / SH-3 east – Dallas, Fort SmithEastern terminus of US-62 concurrency, western terminus of SH-3 concurrency, left exit & no exit number westbound; I-240 exit 1A
116ASW 59th Street
116B SH-152 west (Airport Road)
117ASW 44th StreetSigned as exit 117B westbound
118SW 29th Street
119SW 15th Street
120 I-40 – Amarillo, Fort SmithSigned as exits 120A (west) and 120B (east); I-40 exits 147A-B
121NW 10th Street – Fair ParkSigned as exits 121A (east) and 121B (west)
122NW 23rd Street
123ANW 36th StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance
SH-3 west / SH-74 north (Lake Hefner Parkway)Eastern terminus of SH-3 concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
123B SH-66 west – Warr Acres, BethanyWestern terminus of SH-66 concurrency; no westbound exit
124N. May AvenueNo westbound entrance
125AN. Penn AvenueFull name is "Pennsylvania"
125CNorthwest ExpresswayNo eastbound exit
125BClassen BoulevardNo westbound enterance
126Western AvenueWestbound exits onto NW Grand Blvd
127 I-235 / US-77 south – Oklahoma City, Downtown
US-77 north (Broadway Extension) – Edmond
Split into exits 127A (south) and 127B (north) eastbound; westbound entrance includes direct entrance ramp from N. 63rd Street
128ALincoln Boulevard  – State Capitol
128BKelley Avenue
129M.L. King Avenue
130 I-35 west to I-40 – Oklahoma City, DallasWestern terminus of I-35 concurrency; I-35 exit 133; no exit number westbound
134Wilshire BoulevardExit numbers follow I-35
135Britton Road
136Hefner Road
137NE 122nd Street
I-35 north (SH-66 east)Eastern terminus of I-35/SH-66 concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; I-35 exit 138A
Kilpatrick Turnpike westNo eastbound exit
Turner Turnpike begins
I-35 north (SH-66 east) / Sooner Road – WichitaWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
146Luther / Jones
LutherEastern Oklahoma County Turnpike southUnder construction since January 2018[5]
LincolnWellston158 SH-66 – Wellston
Chandler166 SH-18 – Chandler, Cushing
Stroud179 US-377 south / SH-99 – Stroud, Drumright
CreekStroud Toll Plaza
Bristow196 SH-48 – Bristow, Lake Keystone
Sapulpa211 SH-33 / SH-66 – Drumright, Kellyville
215 SH-97 – Sapulpa, Sand Springs
218A SH-66 – SapulpaEastbound exit and westbound entrance
218B SH-364 / Creek Turnpike east – Joplin, Jenks, Broken ArrowEastbound exit and westbound entrance
221A57th West AvenueWestbound exit only
CreekTulsa
county line
221B SH-66 west – Bristow, SapulpaWestbound exit and eastbound entrance, west end of SH-66 overlap
Turner Turnpike ends
Tulsa222A49th West Avenue
222B55th PlaceEastbound exit only
222C56th StreetWestbound exit only
223A I-244 east (Red Fork Expressway) – Downtown TulsaWestern terminus of I-244; I-244 exit 1A
223B51st StreetAccess via Gilcrease Expressway; no eastbound exit
Tulsa223C33rd West Avenue
224Union AvenueC/D lanes provide access to US-75 and Elwood Ave.
US-75 – Okmulgee, BartlesvilleCloverleaf interchange; accessible to and from C/D lanes
225Elwood AvenueEastbound access is part of exit 224 accessible from C/D lanes originating at Union Ave. exit
226ARiverside Drive
226BPeoria Avenue
227Lewis Avenue
22851st Street / Harvard Avenue
229Yale Avenue
23041st Street / Sheridan Road
231 US-64 / SH-51 to US-169 – Muskogee, Broken Arrow, Downtown Tulsa
232E. 31st Street / Memorial DriveEastbound exit is part of exit 231
233E. 21st StreetSigned as exit 233B westbound
234A US-169 – Owasso, Broken ArrowNo eastbound exit to US-169 south
234BGarnett RoadEastbound exit and westbound entrance
235E. 11th Street
236129th East Avenue
236B I-244 / US-412 west (Crosstown Expressway) – Sand Springs, EnidWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; western terminus of US-412 concurrency; eastern terminus of I-244
TulsaRogers
county line
TulsaCatoosa line238161st East Avenue
240 SH-167 north (193rd East Avenue)
Catoosa241 SH-66 east – Claremore, CatoosaNo eastbound entrance; east end of SH-66 overlap; no exit number westbound
TulsaFair Oaks line US-412 east – Chouteau, Siloam SpringsEast end of US-412 overlap; left entrances; no westbound exit; former SH-33 east
RogersFair Oaks SH-364 / Creek Turnpike west – Oklahoma CityLeft exit and entrances; no eastbound exit; Will Rogers Tpk. exit 34
Will Rogers Turnpike begins
35E. Pine StreetWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; exit number based on a continuation of Creek Tpk. mileposts
Verdigris248 SH-266 west – Port of Catoosa, Claremore
Claremore255 SH-20 – Pryor, Claremore
Mayes269 SH-28 – Chelsea, South Grand Lake, AdairEastbound exit and westbound entrance
CraigBig Cabin283 US-69 – Big Cabin
Toll plaza
VinitaService plaza
289 US-60 (US-69) to SH-66 – Vinita
Ottawa302 US-59 / US-60 (US-69) – Fairland, Grove, Afton
Miami313 SH-10 – Miami
Oklahoma–Missouri line328.53528.72 Will Rogers Turnpike ends
I-44 eastContinuation into Missouri
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  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 Highway Map of Oklahoma (Map) (1966 ed.). Cartography by Diversified Map Co. Skelly Oil Company. § 11C.
  4. ^ "Interstate 240 Oklahoma". Interstate Guide. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Turnpike Construction Begins". Luther Register. January 18, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018.


Interstate 44
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Texas
Oklahoma Next state:
Missouri