Oklahoma State Highway 3
|Maintained by ODOT|
|Length:||615.0 mi (989.7 km)|
|Existed:||1939 – present|
|West end:||US-287 / US-385 Colorado state line (concurrent with US-287/385)|
|East end:||AR 32 at the Arkansas state line|
State Highway 3, also abbreviated as SH-3 or OK-3, is a highway maintained by the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Traveling diagonally through Oklahoma, from the Panhandle to the far southeastern corner of the state, SH-3 is the longest state highway in the Oklahoma road system, at a total length of 615.0 miles (989.7 km) via SH-3E (see below).
In the northwest
Highway 3 begins at the Colorado state line 19 mi (31 km) north of Boise City, Oklahoma. At this terminus, it is concurrent with US-287/US-385. It remains concurrent with the two U.S. Routes until reaching Boise City, where it encounters a traffic circle which contains five other highways. After the circle, US-385 splits off, and SH-3 overlaps US-287, US-56, US-64, and US-412, though US-56 and US-287 both split off within the next eight miles (13 km).
In Guymon, US-64 splits off. At Elmwood, US-270 joins US-412, coming from a concurrency with State Highway 23. SH-3 remains concurrent with US-270 through Watonga. In Seiling, US-183 leaves the concurrency but is quickly replaced by U.S. Highway 281. SH-33 joins the roadbed twenty miles (32 km) later.
In Watonga, SH-33 and SH-3 split off from US-270 and US-281. Highways 3 and 33 remain concurrent for 28 more miles, until Kingfisher, where SH-3 joins U.S. Highway 81. It will stay concurrent with US-81 for 13 miles (21 km), through the town of Okarche. Three miles after Okarche, SH-3 leaves US-81. This marks the first point that SH-3 has not been part of a concurrency.
Through Oklahoma City
Beginning at the split from US-81, Highway 3 becomes a major artery in the Oklahoma City highway system, commonly known as the Northwest Expressway because it is a diagonal route and because it serves the northwestern part of the metro area. It skirts the northern limits of El Reno before entering the Oklahoma City limits. The often-congested Northwest Expressway passes through the suburb of Warr Acres and passes close to Lake Hefner.
At the intersection with the Lake Hefner Parkway, SH-3 again re-enters a concurrency. The Lake Hefner Parkway ends very shortly after, and SH-3 becomes concurrent with Interstate 44 through the western side of the city. Near Will Rogers World Airport, Highway 3 transfers to I-240 along the southern side of the city. After I-240 ends, SH-3 is transferred onto I-40 (also carrying US-270), which it remains concurrent with for 16 miles (26 km).
In Shawnee, SH-3 splits into two highways, SH-3E and SH-3W. SH-3W splits off I-40 onto U.S. Highway 177, along with US-270, at I-40 milemarker 181. It continues along with US-270 and 177 through the west side of Shawnee, and continues south of that city until Tecumseh, where US-270 splits off. South of Asher, Oklahoma, SH-3W leaves US-177 and veers southeast toward Ada.
SH-3E, the longer of the two split routes, was the original routing of Highway 3 before the two highways were split. It remains on I-40 for five miles (8 km) after SH-3W splits off. When it does split off, it soon joins SH-18. It follows a route closer to the center of Shawnee. After leaving Shawnee, it heads southeast toward Seminole. Here, it meets US-377/SH-99. SH-3E merges onto this highway, and they will remain concurrent until after they reach Ada.
In Ada, SH-3E and SH-3W are reunited and become SH-3 once again.
Ada to Atoka
SH-3 then becomes part of the Richardson Loop, a freeway around the west and south sides of Ada. Throughout the Richardson Loop, it overlaps SH-1 and US-377/SH-99 at different times. The highway then becomes two-lane once again and heads southeast to the town of Coalgate, where begins an 18-mile (29 km) concurrency with U.S. Highway 75, lasting through Atoka. In Atoka, US-75 splits off to join U.S. Highway 69.
Antlers to Arkansas
Two miles west of Antlers, the highway has an interchange with the Indian Nation Turnpike, and in Antlers it intersects U.S. Highway 271. After reaching the town of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, it turns southward and overlaps US-259 and US-70.
The current SH-3 was designated on 15 May 1939. The original highway included all of current SH-3 up to Antlers, where it terminated at US-271. It was extended to the Arkansas state line on 4 August 1952. SH-3 ended there concurrent with US-70 and SH-7, near DeQueen, Arkansas. On 7 January 1963, the highway was given its own alignment from near Idabel to Arkansas, taking over that of SH-21, which was eliminated at that time.
From the highway's commissioning to 1976, there was only one fork of SH-3 between Shawnee and Ada, which was the path of current SH-3E. SH-3W and SH-3E were created on 4 October 1976; the new SH-3W took over all of SH-13. Other than minor realignments, the highway remains essentially the same today.
In the early 1980s, Governor George Nigh was able to obtain $97.1 million to upgrade the highway between Oklahoma City and Colorado, despite opponents labeling the project "the highway to nowhere". House Concurrent Resolution 1067 labeled the highway as "Governor George Nigh's Northwest Passage." ODOT officially named the highway on 2 February 1981.
- SH-3's concurrency with Interstate 44 in Oklahoma City is an example of a wrong-way concurrency - I-44 West is SH-3 East and vice versa.
- SH-3's concurrency with US-70 is also a wrong-way concurrency, as US-70 is signed as going west and SH-3 as going east.
- The SH-3 bypass around Atoka is named the Cecil B. "Bud" Greathouse Bypass. It was designated by ODOT on 4 October 1982.
SH-3 had one lettered spur, SH-3A, which continued the alignment of the Northwest Expressway for two more miles before ending at Interstate 44 near Penn Square Mall. It was originally known as SH-66A, a spur off U.S. Highway 66, which once ran through the area. The combined effect of US-66 being decommissioned and "3A" being a more logical name for an extension of Highway 3 led to the name change. State Highway 3A was decommissioned in 2009.
Colorado to Shawnee
|Colorado–Oklahoma state line||0.0||0.0|| SH-3 ends
US 287 / US 385 continue into Colorado
|Cimarron||17.6||28.3||US-287||Southern terminus of US-287 concurrency|
|Boise City||18.5||29.8||US-56 / US-64 / US-385 / US-412 / SH-325||Traffic circle around Cimarron County Courthouse, eastern terminus of SH-325|
|20.3||32.7||US-287||Diamond interchange, US-287 exit 21|
|26.4||42.5||US-56||Eastern terminus of US-56 concurrency|
|Texas||Four Corners||53.0||85.3||SH-95||Western terminus of SH-95 concurrency|
|76.1||122.5||SH-136||Northern terminus of SH-136 concurrency|
US-64 / US-412 Truck / SH-3 Truck / SH-136 Truck
|Eastern terminus of US-64 concurrency|
|81.2||130.7||US-54||Western terminus of US-54 concurrency|
|81.6||131.3||US-54||Eastern terminus of US-54 concurrency|
|81.6||131.3||SH-136||Southern terminus of SH-136 concurrency|
|96.2||154.8||SH-94||Southern terminus of SH-94|
|Elmwood||136.1||219.0||US-270 / SH-23||Western terminus of US-270 concurrency|
||No major junctions|
|Woodward||Fort Supply||188.9||304.0||US-183||Northern terminus of US-183 concurrency|
|Woodward||202.8||326.4||SH-15||Eastern terminus of SH-15|
|204.9||329.8||US-412 / SH-34||Eastern terminus of US-412 concurrency, northern terminus of SH-34 concurrency|
|208.7||335.9||SH-34||Southern terminus of SH-34 concurrency|
|217.5||350.0||SH-50||Southern terminus of SH-50|
|Dewey||236.0||379.8||US-183||Southern terminus of US-183 concurrency|
|Seiling||238.1||383.2||US-60 / US-281||Northern terminus of US-60 / US-281 concurrency|
|238.7||384.2||US-60 / SH-51||Southern terminus of US-60 concurrency, western terminus of SH-51 concurrency|
|Hucmac||247.1||397.7||SH-51||Eastern terminus of SH-51 concurrency|
|Blaine||266.9||429.5||SH-33 / SH-58||Western terminus of SH-33 concurrency, southern terminus of SH-58|
|Watonga||276.5||445.0||US-270 / US-281 / SH-8||Eastern terminus of US-270 concurrency, Southern terminus of US-281 concurrency|
|Kingfisher||Kingfisher||304.1||489.4||US-81 / SH-33||Eastern terminus of SH-33 concurrency, Northern terminus of US-81 concurrency|
|Canadian||316.4||509.2||US-81||Trumpet interchange, southern terminus of US-81 concurrency|
|333.5||536.7||Kilpatrick Turnpike||Diamond interchange|
|Oklahoma||340.4||547.8||SH-74||Diamond interchange, Northern terminus of SH-74 (Lake Hefner Parkway) concurrency|
|341.1||548.9||NW 50th Street|
|341.9||550.2||I‑44 / SH-66 / SH-74||Stack interchange (I-44 exit 123B), southern terminus of SH-74, Northern terminus of I-44 concurrency|
|342.4||551.0||123A||NW 36th Street||Westbound exit only|
|343.2||552.3||122||NW 23rd Street|
|344.2||553.9||121A–B||NW 10th Street|
|345.5||556.0||120A–B||I‑40 / US-270 – Amarillo, Fort Smith|
|346.3||557.3||119||SW 15th Street|
|347.3||558.9||118||SW 29th Street|
|348.1||560.2||117A||SW 44th Street||Signed as exit 117B northbound|
|348.6||561.0||116B||SH-152 (Airport Road)||Eastern terminus of SH-152|
|349.4||562.3||116A||SW 59th Street|
|350.0||563.3||1A||I‑44 / I‑240 / US-62||Southern terminus of I-44 concurrency, western terminus of I-240 / US-62 concurrency, western terminus of I-240|
|350.7||564.4||1B||S. May Avenue|
|351.7||566.0||1C||S. Penn Avenue||Full name is "Pennsylvania"|
|352.7||567.6||2A||S. Western Avenue|
|353.2||568.4||2B||S. Walker Avenue|
|353.7||569.2||3A||S. Santa Fe Avenue||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|534.0||859.4||3B||Shields Boulevard, Santa Fe Avenue||Eastbound signed as "S. Shields Boulevard" only|
|354.7||570.8||4A–B||I‑35 / US-62 east (US-77) – Dallas, Wichita||Eastern terminus of US-62 concurrency|
|355.2||571.6||4C||Pole Road||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance, to Crossroads Mall|
|358.8||577.4||8||SH-77H south (Sooner Road) - Tinker AFB||Northern terminus of SH-77H|
|359.8||579.0||9||Air Depot Boulevard|
|361.8||582.3||11||Douglas Boulevard – Midwest City, Tinker AFB||Signed as exits 11A (Douglas Boulevard) and 11B (Midwest City and Tinker AFB) eastbound|
|366.8||590.3||165||I‑40 / I‑240 / US-270||Eastern terminus of I-240, western terminus of I-240 / US-270 concurrency|
|374.0||601.9||172||Newalla Road – Harrah|
|Pottawatomie||McLoud||378.1||608.5||176||SH-102 (McLoud Road)||Western terminus of SH-102 concurrency|
|Dale||380.2||611.9||178||SH-102 – Dale, Bethel Acres||Eastern terminus of SH-102 concurrency|
|Shawnee||382.9||616.2||181||US-177 / US-270 / SH-3W – Shawnee, Tecumseh||Road separates into SH-3W and SH-3E. SH-3W leaves I-40 here while SH-3E continues along the interstate. Northern terminus of SH-3W and US-177 / US-270 concurrency.|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
|Pottawatomie||Shawnee||387.0||622.8||I‑40||Eastern terminus of I-40 concurrency|
|389.7||627.2||SH-18||Northern terminus of SH-18 concurrency|
|391.7||630.4||SH-18||Southern terminus of SH-18 concurrency|
|398.9||642.0||SH-99A||Western terminus of SH-99A|
|Seminole||Seminole||406.5||654.2||US-270 / SH-9||Northern terminus of US-270 concurrency|
|408.9||658.1||US-270 / US-377 / SH-99||Southern terminus of US-270 concurrency, northern terminus of US-377 / SH-99 concurrency|
|411.4||662.1||SH-59||Northern terminus of SH-59 concurrency|
|Bowlegs||414.1||666.4||SH-59||Southern terminus of SH-59 concurrency|
|428.5||689.6||SH-39 / SH-56||Eastern terminus of SH-39, western terminus of SH-56|
|Pontotoc||Ada||439.4||707.1||US-377 / SH-1 / SH-99||Southern terminus of US-377 / SH-99 concurrency, northern terminus of SH-1 concurrency|
|440.4||708.8||SH-3W / SH-19||SH-3E merges with SH-3W to form SH-3; interchange, eastern terminus of SH-19.|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
US-270 Bus. (Kickapoo Spur)
US-270 Bus. / SH-18 (Farrall Avenue)
|Southern terminus of SH-18, interchange|
|394.6||635.0||US-270 east / SH-9 – Tecumseh, Seminole||Eastbound exit split into US-270 / SH-9 east – Seminole and SH-9 west – Tecumseh, Southern terminus of US-270 concurrency|
|Chisney||401.4||646.0||SH-59B||Eastern terminus of SH-59B|
|McClain||415.1||668.0||US-177 / SH-59||Southern terminus of US-177 / SH-59 concurrency|
|Pontotoc||421.0||677.5||SH-59A||Eastern terminus of SH-59A|
|431.9||695.1||SH-19 west – Stratford, Pauls Valley||Interchange|
|Ada||433.4||697.5||SH-1 / SH-3E / SH-19||SH-3W merges with SH-3E to form SH-3; interchange, eastern terminus of SH-19|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
Ada to Arkansas
- Note: mileage follows the SH-3E branch.
|Pontotoc||Ada||440.9||709.6||Reeves Road||Interchange, westbound exit only|
|441.3||710.2||SH-1 west – Latta, Roff, Sulphur||Interchange|
|443.4||713.6||Kerr Lab Road||Interchange|
|444.4||715.2||US-377 / SH-99 – Ada, McAlester||Western terminus of US-377 / SH-99 concurrency, interchange, westbound exit and eastbound entrance only|
|446.2||718.1||US-377 / SH-99 – Fittstown, Tishomingo, Madill||Eastern terminus of US-377 / SH-99 concurrency, interchange|
|471.1||758.2||US-75||Western terminus of US-75 concurrency|
|Coalgate||474.9||764.3||SH-31||Northern terminus of SH-31 concurrency|
|475.0||764.4||SH-31||Southern terminus of SH-31 concurrency|
|475.4||765.1||SH-43||Western terminus of SH-43|
|Atoka||Atoka||488.2||785.7||US-69||Northern terminus of US-69 concurrency|
|489.6||787.9||US-69 / US-75 / SH-7||Southern terminus of US-69 concurrency, eastern terminus of US-75 concurrency, eastern terminus of SH-7|
|Pushmataha||Antlers||519.8||836.5||Indian Nation Turnpike||Interchange|
|520.5||837.7||SH-2||Southern terminus of SH-2|
|521.5||839.3||US-271||Western terminus of US-271 concurrency|
|522.4||840.7||US-271||Eastern terminus of US-271 concurrency|
|Rattan||534.2||859.7||SH-93||Northern terminus of SH-93|
|Oleta||538.3||866.3||SH-147||Northern terminus of SH-147|
|McCurtain||565.9||910.7||SH-98||Northern terminus of SH-98|
|Broken Bow||577.0||928.6||US-70 / US-259||Northern terminus of US-70 / US-259 concurrency|
|Idabel||584.8||941.1||US-70||Southern terminus of US-70 concurrency|
|586.7||944.2||US-259||Southern terminus of US-259 concurrency|
|Oklahoma–Arkansas state line||615.0||989.7||AR 32 continues into Arkansas|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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