L.L. Tisdale Parkway

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L.L. Tisdale Parkway
Osage Expressway
Route information
Length: 3.2 mi (5.1 km)
Existed: 1986[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑244 / US-64 / US-75 / US-412 / SH-51 in Tulsa
  Gilcrease Expressway in Tulsa
North end: West 36th Street North in Tulsa
Counties: Tulsa, Osage
Highway system
Oklahoma State Highway System

The L.L. Tisdale Parkway is a freeway that runs through northwest Tulsa. The highway is named in honor of local Tulsa pastor, Rev. L.L. Tisdale. The parkway was originally known as the Osage Expressway, as part of a cancelled freeway project to Pawhuska, the capitol of the Osage Nation.

Route description[edit]

The expressway begins as a limited access highway at an interchange with I-244/US 64/US 75/US 412 just outside Downtown Tulsa. The freeway runs north weaving into Osage County in Sand Springs before returning to Tulsa County in Tulsa. The expressway becomes a surface street just south of the Gilcrease Expressway before ending at West 36th Street North in Northern Tulsa. It is the Osage Nation's only expressway.


Plans for the expressway were almost abandoned in 1983 by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation due to lack of funding and other roads needing the funds.[2] The highway was later funded entirely by the residents of Tulsa.[3] Construction began on the Osage Expressway in 1986 and was completed in 1993, running from Interstate 244 to Apache Street. The expressway was extended further north in 1995 to 36th Street North, with construction finishing in 1997.[1] With the northern extension, the Osage Expressway was renamed L.L. Tisdale Parkway in honor of the Reverend L.L. Tisdale.

Junction list[edit]

All exits are unnumbered.

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Tulsa Tulsa 0.0 0.0 I‑244 west / US-64 east / SH-51 east – Oklahoma City, Muskogee, Wagoner
I‑244 east / US-64 / US-412 / SH-51 west – Sand Springs to Cimarron Turnpike, Claremore
Continues south as I-244 west /US-64 east / SH-51 east
0.3 0.48 Fairview Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance
0.9 1.4 Pine Street – Gilcrease Museum
Osage Sand Springs 1.8 2.9 Apache Street
Tulsa Tulsa 2.9 4.7 Gilcrease Expressway east – Tulsa International Airport North end of freeway
3.2 5.1 West 36th Street North
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Killman, Curt (June 10, 1997). "Mayor Unveils New Tisdale Parkway". Tulsa World. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tulsa mulls bond issue for troubled expressway". News OK. January 27, 1983. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ Marshall, Nicole (October 4, 1995). "Osage Expressway Expansion to Begin". Tulsa World. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 

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