Oklahoma State Highway 6

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State Highway 6

Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length121.8 mi[1] (196.0 km)
ExistedAugust 21, 1954; 68 years ago (1954-08-21)–present
Major junctions
South end SH 6 at the Texas state line
North end SH-152 near Sweetwater
Location
CountryUnited States
StateOklahoma
Highway system
  • Oklahoma State Highway System
SH-5 SH-7

State Highway 6, abbreviated SH-6 or OK-6, is a state highway in Oklahoma. It runs in a 121.8 miles (196.0 km) crescent through the southwestern part of the state, running from the Texas state line north of Quanah, Texas, to SH-152 in the unincorporated town of Sweetwater. There are no letter-suffixed spur branching from SH-6.

SH-6 was added to the state highway system in 1954. The highway was later extended from its original extent; westward from Elk City in 1957 and southward to Texas in 1975.

Route description[edit]

SH-6 south of Granite

After crossing the Red River, State Highway 6 leaves Texas, becomes SH-6 and continues headed northeast, passing through the small Jackson County towns of Eldorado and Olustee. Highway 6 meets US-62 five miles (8 km) west of Altus.[2] SH-6 makes a right turn at this point to overlap US-62 into Altus.

In Altus, SH-6 takes a turn to the north to overlap US-283. North of Blair, US-283 heads due north while SH-6 turns toward the northwest. SH-6 crosses US-283 once more before the state highway continues to the north toward Granite, where it meets SH-9.

North of Granite, SH-6 runs along the BeckhamWashita county line until sharing a 4-mile (6.4 km) concurrency with SH-55, moving into Beckham County.[2] After splitting away from SH-55, it meets SH-152 for the first time (it will meet SH-152 at its northern end.)

SH-6 continues north to have an interchange with Interstate 40 in Elk City. It overlaps Business Loop I-40 for four miles (6.4 km) on the north side of the city.[2] At this point the north–south highway curves to the west. It crosses US-283 (again), and then ends at SH-152 in Sweetwater.

History[edit]

SH-6 in downtown Elk City

The original State Highway 6 extended from the Texas state line near Colbert to the Kansas state line north of Vinita.[3] When the United States Numbered Highways system was established in 1926, the vast majority of the highway was overlapped by US-75 and US-73.[4] (Later, this corridor would form the majority of US-69 in Oklahoma). As a result, the original SH-6 designation was decommissioned soon after the establishment of the U.S. highway system.[citation needed]

The SH-6 designation remained unused until August 21, 1954, when it was assigned to a highway beginning at US-283 east of Mangum, extending north through Granite and Retrop, and ending at US-66 in Elk City.[5][6] The highway was extended west along SH-73 to its current northern terminus on January 21, 1957.[5]

SH-6 was extended to the south on July 7, 1975, bringing it to Altus by way of a concurrency with US-283, where it joined US-62 in another concurrency, headed west. West of Altus, the route split off and headed southwest to the Texas state line. In addition to the U.S. routes, SH-6 was concurrent with SH-44 between that route's current southern terminus and Eldorado, where it ended; thereafter, SH-6 followed SH-34 to the Red River. To remove the redundant designations, both SH-34 and SH-44 were truncated to their current southern terminus on January 5, 1987.[5][7][8]

SH-6 was realigned twice in 2004 to allow SH-6 a straighter route in situations where it was concurrent with another highway. The first such section removed a portion of the US-283 concurrency between Blair and Granite; the second realignment took place on the SH-55 concurrency north of Retrop. Both of these changes were applied to the highway on February 2, 2004.[5] No further changes to the highway's route have taken place since then.

Junction list[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
JacksonRed River0.000.00
SH 6 south (Texas Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway)
Continuation into Texas
Eldorado6.210.0 SH-5Southern terminus of SH-5
12.520.1 SH-34Southern terminus of SH-34
27.444.1
US 62 west
Southern end of US-62 concurrency
Altus32.352.0

US 62 east (Broadway Street east) / US 283 south (Main Street south)
Northern end of US-62 concurrency; southern end of US-283 concurrency
Blair42.468.2 SH-19Western terminus of SH-19
Greer44.571.6

To SH-44 north / Great Plains Trail of Oklahoma – Hobart
48.578.1

US 283 north (Great Plains Trail of Oklahoma) to SH-44
Northern end of US-283 concurrency
Granite63.4102.0 SH-9
Kiowa
No major junctions
WashitaBeckham
county line
Retrop78.3126.0
SH-55 east
Southern end of SH-55 concurrency
Beckham83.3134.1
SH-55 west
Northern end of SH-55 concurrency
88.3142.1 SH-152
Elk City95.1153.0 I-40 / SH-34 – Amarillo, Oklahoma CityI-40 exit 38
96.7155.6
I-40 BL east (3rd Street east)
Eastern end of I-40 Bus. concurrency; former US 66 east
100.5161.7
I-40 BL west (State Highway 66)
Western end of I-40 Bus. concurrency; former US 66 west
110.9178.5 US 283
BeckhamRoger Mills
county line
121.8196.0 SH-152 – Wheeler, SayreNorthern terminus; road continues west as SH-152 (1100 Road)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (2013-05-06). "Oklahoma State Highway 6" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  2. ^ a b c Official State Map (PDF) (Map) (2009–10 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  3. ^ Oklahoma State Highway System (PDF) (Map) (1925 ed.). Oklahoma State Highway Department. Retrieved 2010-06-20.
  4. ^ Oklahoma State Highway System (PDF) (Map) (1927 ed.). Oklahoma State Highway Department. Retrieved 2010-06-20.
  5. ^ a b c d Oklahoma Department of Transportation. "Memorial Dedication and Revision History, SH 6". Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-06-20.
  6. ^ Highways of Oklahoma (PDF) (Map). Oklahoma Department of Highways. 1955. Retrieved 2010-06-20.
  7. ^ Oklahoma Department of Transportation. "Memorial Dedication and Revision History, SH 34". Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-06-20.
  8. ^ Oklahoma Department of Transportation. "Memorial Dedication and Revision History, SH 44". Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-06-20.

External links[edit]

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