Oklahoma State Highway 53

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State Highway 53 marker

State Highway 53
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length: 86.6 mi[1] (139.4 km)
Major junctions
West end: SH-5 in Walters
East end: US-177 east of Gene Autry
Highway system
Oklahoma State Highway System
SH-52 US-54

State Highway 53 is an 86.6-mile (139.4 km) highway in southern Oklahoma. It connects Walters in Cotton County to Gene Autry in Carter County. It has one lettered spur route, SH-53A, a spur route to Gene Autry.

Route description[edit]

SH-53 begins at a T intersection in Walters, where State Highway 5 makes up the western and southern legs of the T. SH-53 runs eastward from here, crossing East Cache Creek.[2] At Fivemile Corner,[2] the road intersects SH-65, five miles (8 km) east of Walters.[3] SH-53 continues due east into the Waurika Wildlife Management Area, where it crosses Beaver Creek and Little Beaver Creek (which at their confluence downstream of SH-53 are dammed to create Waurika Lake). After leaving the wildlife management area, SH-53 crosses into Stephens County.[2]

About 2 miles (3.2 km) east of the Cottn–Stephens county line, SH-53 passes through Corum. The highway continues due east to the western outskirts of Comanche, where it curves northeast to pass through the city's downtown. There, it intersects US-81. SH-53 continues due east out of town as it approaches Comanche Lake, where it cuts away to the southeast before resuming its due east course. The highway then goes through a series of curves gradually sending it more southeast, passing through Loco. The route serves as the northern terminus for SH-89 just before crossing into Carter County.[2]

The first highway junction that SH-53 encounters in Carter County begins a three-mile (5 km) concurrency with State Highway 76 north of Healdton.[3] South of Fox, SH-53 splits off to the east. The highway passes through Clemscott, Graham, Milo, and Woodford before coming to an interchange with I-35. SH-53 joins southbound I-35, splitting off after two miles (3 km).[3] It meets US-77 in Springer before passing through Gene Autry and ending at US-177.


State Highway 53A
Location: Gene Autry
Length: 1.00 mi[4] (1.61 km)

State Highway 53A is a one-mile (1.6 km) spur to Gene Autry.[4] It begins at SH-53 near the entrance to the Ardmore Air Park, in northeastern Carter County. It is a narrow, two-lane state highway with no shoulders throughout its length in and around the town of Gene Autry. The road has an at-grade crossing with the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe railroad at the north end of Gene Autry, and the road continues through the town until it reaches its terminus at the southern grade crossing of the same railway.

Former SH-53A[edit]

State Highway 53A
Location: Stephens County
Length: 1.01 mi[6] (1.63 km)
Existed: ?–February 2, 2004[5]

Another State Highway 53A was once a spur route to Comanche Lake. The highway was 1.01 miles (1.63 km) long. It was officially removed from the state highway system by action of the Transportation Commission on February 2, 2004.[5]

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Cotton Walters 0.0 0.0 SH-5 Eastern terminus
5.0 8.0 SH-65
Stephens Comanche 20.2 32.5 US-81
43.1 69.4 SH-89 Northern terminus of SH-89
Carter 49.4 79.5 SH-76 Southern terminus of SH-76 concurrency
Fox 52.6 84.7 SH-76 Northern terminus of SH-76 concurrency
72.8 117.2 I‑35 Northern terminus of I-35 concurrency, I-35 exit 42
74.9 120.5 I‑35 Southern terminus of I-35 concurrency, I-35 exit 40
Springer 75.9 122.1 US-77
Gene Autry 82.6 132.9 SH-53A Northern terminus of SH-53A
86.6 139.4 US-177 Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Google (December 27, 2013). "Oklahoma State Highway 53" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Oklahoma Atlas and Gazetteer (Map). 1:200,000. DeLorme. 2006. 
  3. ^ a b c Official State Map (PDF) (Map) (2009–10 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  4. ^ a b Oklahoma Department of Transportation (n.d.). Control Section Maps: Carter County (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Staff (February 2, 2004). "Minutes of the Regular Transportation Commission Meeting" (PDF). Oklahoma Transportation Commission. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ Oklahoma Department of Transportation (n.d.). Control Section Maps: Stephens County (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 

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