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The highway system of the United States is a network of interconnected state, U.S., and Interstate highways. Each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands own and maintain a part of this vast system, including U.S. and Interstate highways, which are not owned or maintained at the federal level.

Interstate Highways have the highest speed limits and the highest traffic. Interstates are numbered in a grid: even-numbered routes for east–west routes (with the lowest numbers along Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico), and odd-numbered routes are north–south routes (with the lowest numbers along the Pacific Ocean). Three-digit Interstates are, generally, either beltways or spurs of their parent Interstates (for example, Interstate 510 is a spur into the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, and is connected to Interstate 10).

U.S. Numbered Highways are the original interstate highways, dating back to 1926. U.S. Highways are also numbered in a grid: even numbered for east–west routes (with the lowest numbers along Canada) and odd numbered for north–south routes (with the lowest numbers along the Atlantic Ocean). Three-digit highways, also known as "child routes," are branches off their main one- or two-digit "parents" (for example, U.S. Route 202 is a branch of U.S. Route 2). However, US 101, rather than a "child" of US 1, is considered a "mainline" U.S. Route.

State highways are the next level in the hierarchy. Each state and territory has its own system for numbering highways, some more systematic than others. Each state also has its own design for its highway markers; the number in a circle is the default sign, but many choose a different design connected to the state, such as an outline of the state with the number inside. Many states also operate a system of county highways.

National Forest Scenic Byway marker

Scenic byways can be designated over any classification of road in the United States. There are the National Scenic Byways, National Forest Scenic Byways and Bureau of Land Management Back Country Byways at the national level. Most states have their own system for designating byways, some more systematic than others. Indian tribes may designate byways as well.

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U.S. Highway 62 just east of Okmulgee

In Oklahoma, U.S. Highway 62 runs diagonally across the state, from the Texas state line in far southwestern Oklahoma to the Arkansas state line near Fayetteville. US-62 spends a total of 402.48 miles (647.73 km) in the Sooner State. The highway passes through fifteen of Oklahoma's counties. Along the way the route serves two of Oklahoma's largest cities, Lawton and Oklahoma City, as well as many regionally important cities, like Altus, Chickasha, Muskogee, and Tahlequah. Despite this, US-62 has no lettered spur routes like many other U.S. routes in Oklahoma do. US-62 has been part of the Oklahoma highway network since 1930. With the advent of the Interstate system, the portion of its route through Oklahoma City was revised several times to adapt to the presence of the new freeways. The present-day route of US-62 includes concurrencies with I-44, I-240, I-35, and I-40.

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References and notes

  1. ^ Lu, Amy (November 20, 2017). "Maryland Portion of Route 404 Complete, Farmers Still Concerned with Traffic". Salisbury, MD: WBOC-TV. Retrieved November 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Kate (November 20, 2017). "Maryland 404 widening unveiled, bittersweet for safety advocate". Washington, D.C.: WTOP-FM. Retrieved November 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ Kent, AnnMarie (October 9, 2017). "UP Highway Named Newest Pure Michigan Byway". UpNorthLive. Traverse City, MI: WPBN-TV. Archived from the original on October 9, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ Hayes, Brittany (October 6, 2017). "Route 125 Closed in Schuylkill County Following Road Collapse". Scranton, PA: WNEP-TV. Retrieved October 20, 2017. 
  5. ^ "NDOT opens USA Parkway Extension 3 months ahead of schedule" (Press release). Nevada Department of Transportation. September 8, 2017. Retrieved September 9, 2017 – via Carson Now. 
  6. ^ Stradling, Richard (September 6, 2017). "Have you driven on I-87 yet?". News and Observer. Retrieved September 6, 2017. 
  7. ^ "First Section of Interstate 11 to Open in Nevada". U.S. News & World Report. Associated Press. August 10, 2017. 
  8. ^ Dornan, Geoff (June 17, 2017). "Carson City Bypass to Open First Week in August". Nevada Appeal. 
  9. ^ Deach, Ben (August 2, 2017). "Freeway Extension to Save Drivers Time in Carson City". KOLO-TV. 
  10. ^ National Park Service (July 28, 2017). "National Register of Historic Places Program: Weekly List". National Park Service. Retrieved August 2, 2017. 
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