Oklahoma State Highway 3

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State Highway 3 marker

State Highway 3
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length615.0 mi[1][2][3] (989.7 km)
Existed1939–present
Major junctions
West end US-287 / US-385 Colorado state line (concurrent with US-287/385)
  Kilpatrick Turnpike near Oklahoma City
I-44 in Oklahoma City
I-40 in Oklahoma City
I-35 in Oklahoma City
I-40 in Shawnee
Indian Nation Turnpike in Antlers
East end AR 32 at the Arkansas state line
Highway system
Oklahoma State Highway System
SH-2SH-4

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 miles (990 km) via SH-3E (see below).

Route description[edit]

In the northwest[edit]

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 8 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 20 miles (32 km) later.

SH-3 and SH-33 concurrency between Watonga and Kingfisher.

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[edit]

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).

SH-3E/3W split[edit]

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[edit]

SH-3 intersects US 69/US 75, SH-7, and Bypass SH-3 in 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[edit]

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.

Near Idabel, the highway splits off after being with US-259 for 13 mi (21 km). Twenty-eight miles later, it becomes Highway 32 as it crosses the state line into Arkansas.

History[edit]

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.[4]

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".[5] House Concurrent Resolution 1067 labeled the highway as "Governor George Nigh's Northwest Passage." ODOT officially named the highway on 2 February 1981.[6]

Notes[edit]

  • 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.[7]

SH-3A[edit]

Oklahoma State Highway 3A.svg
Former SH-3A

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.

Junction list[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1][3]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Oklahoma–Colorado line0.000.00 US 287 / US 385 northContinuation into Colorado; western terminus of US-287/US-385 concurrency
Cimarron17.628.3 US-287 southEastern terminus of US-287 concurrency
Boise City18.529.8 US-56 / US-64 / US-412 west / US-385 south (Cimarron Avenue south) / SH-325 west (Main Street west)Traffic circle around Cimarron County Courthouse; eastern terminus of SH-325; eastern terminus of US-385 concurrency; western terminus of US-56/US-64/US-412 concurrency
20.332.7 US-287Diamond interchange; US-287 exit 21
26.442.5 US-56 eastEastern terminus of US-56 concurrency
34.154.9 SH-171
TexasFour Corners53.085.3 SH-95 northWestern terminus of SH-95 concurrency
58.093.3 SH-95 southEastern terminus of SH-95 concurrency
76.1122.5 SH-136 northWestern terminus of SH-136 concurrency
Guymon80.4129.4
US-64 / US-412 Truck / SH-3 Truck east / SH-136 Truck south (NE 12th Street)
Eastern terminus of US-64 concurrency; western terminus of US-412 Truck/SH-3 Truck; northern terminus of SH-136 Truck
81.2130.7 US-54 west (South 2nd Street)Western terminus of US-54 concurrency
81.6131.3
US-412 Truck / SH-3 Truck / SH-136 Truck (US-54 east) – Liberal KS
Eastern terminus of US-54 concurrency; eastern terminus of US-412 Truck/SH-3 Truck; southern terminus of SH-136 Truck
81.65131.40 SH-136 south (East Street)Eastern terminus of SH-136 concurrency
96.2154.8 SH-94 north – HookerSouthern terminus of SH-94
BeaverBryan's Corner119.2191.8 US-83 – Liberal Ks., Beaver, Perryton Tx., Turpin
Elmwood136.1219.0 US-270 west / SH-23 – Beaver, Booker Tx.Western terminus of US-270 concurrency
Harper171.3275.7 US-283 – Laverne, Shattuck
May179.5288.9 SH-46 – Buffalo, Gage
Ellis
No major junctions
Woodward188.9304.0 US-183 north – BuffaloWestern terminus of US-183 concurrency
Woodward202.8326.4 SH-15 west (Oklahoma Avenue west)Eastern terminus of SH-15
204.9329.8 US-412 east (Oklahoma Avenue east) / SH-34 north (9th Street north) – EnidEastern terminus of US-412 concurrency; western terminus of SH-34 concurrency
208.7335.9 SH-34 south – Elk City, ViciEastern terminus of SH-34 concurrency
217.5350.0 SH-50 north – MoorelandSouthern terminus of SH-50
Dewey236.0379.8 US-183 south – Taloga, ClintonEastern terminus of US-183 concurrency
Seiling238.1383.2 US-60 east / US-281 north – Waynoka, FairviewNorthern terminus of US-60/US-281 concurrency
238.7384.2 US-60 / SH-51 west (Shepherd Street) to US-183 – ViciSouthern terminus of US-60 concurrency; western terminus of SH-51 concurrency
Hucmac247.1397.7 SH-51 – Canton, SouthardEastern terminus of SH-51 concurrency
Blaine266.9429.5 SH-33 west / SH-58 north – Canton, ThomasWestern terminus of SH-33 concurrency, southern terminus of SH-58
Watonga276.5445.0 US-270 east / US-281 south / SH-8 (Clarence Nash Boulevard) – Okeene, GearyEastern terminus of US-270/US-281 concurrency
KingfisherKingfisher304.1489.4 US-81 north (Main Street north) / SH-33 east (Broadway Avenue east)Eastern terminus of SH-33 concurrency; western terminus of US-81 concurrency
Canadian316.4509.2 US-81 southTrumpet interchange; eastern terminus of US-81 concurrency
Oklahoma City329.9530.9 SH-4 (Piedmont Road) – Piedmont, Yukon
333.5536.7 Kilpatrick Turnpike – Exact change requiredDiamond interchange
Oklahoma340.4547.8 SH-74 north (Lake Hefner Parkway north)Diamond interchange; west end of freeway section; western terminus of SH-74 (Lake Hefner Pkwy.) concurrency
341.1548.9NW 50th Street
341.9550.2123B SH-66 west – Warr Acres, BethanyStack interchange; exit number follows I-44
341.9550.2 I-44 east (SH-66 east) / SH-74 endStack interchange; I-44 exit 123B; southern terminus of SH-74; northern terminus of I-44 concurrency
342.4551.0123ANW 36th StreetWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
343.2552.3122NW 23rd Street
344.2553.9121A-BNW 10th Street – Fair ParkSigned as exits 121B (west) and 121A (east); Fair Park signed westbound only
345.5556.0120A-B I-40 (US-270) – Amarillo, Fort SmithFull diamond interchange; signed as exits 120B (east) and 120A (west)
346.3557.3119SW 15th Street
347.3558.9118SW 29th Street
348.1560.2117ASW 44th StreetSigned as exit 117B northbound
348.6561.0116B SH-152 (Airport Road)Eastern terminus of SH-152
349.4562.3116ASW 59th Street
350.0563.31A I-44 / US-62 west / I-240 begin – LawtonExit number follows I-240; southern terminus of I-44 concurrency; western terminus of I-240/US-62 concurrency; western terminus of I-240
Overlap with I-240
366.8590.3 I-40 west (US-270 west) / I-240 end – Oklahoma CityEastern terminus of I-240; I-40 exit 165; eastern terminus of I-240 concurrency; western terminus of I-40/US-270 concurrency
368.1592.4166Choctaw RoadExit numbers follow I-40
371.2597.4169Peebly Road
374.0601.9172Harrah Newalla Road
PottawatomieMcLoud378.1608.5176 SH-102 (McLoud Road)Western terminus of SH-102 concurrency
Dale380.2611.9178 SH-102 – Dale, Bethel AcresEastern terminus of SH-102 concurrency
Shawnee382.9616.2181 I-40 / SH-3E east / US-270 / SH-3W east / US-177 – Shawnee, TecumsehSH-3 east splits into SH-3W and SH-3E; eastern terminus of I-40/US-270 concurrency; exit number is for US-177/US-270/SH-3W
See SH-3E and SH-3W
Pontotoc440.4708.8 SH-1 east / SH-3E (J.A. Richardson Loop) / SH-3W / SH-19 west – Seminole, McAlester, Shawnee, Pauls ValleyWest end of freeway section; northern terminus of SH-1 concurrency; SH-3 west splits into SH-3W and SH-3E
AdaWestbound exit only
440.9709.6Reeves RoadEastbound exit only
441.3710.2 SH-1 west – Latta, Roff, SulphurSouthern terminus of SH-1 concurrency
442.3711.8Oak AvenueEastbound exit and westbound entrance
443.4713.6Kerr Lab Road
Ada444.4715.2 US-377 / SH-99 north – Ada, McAlesterWestern terminus of US-377/SH-99 concurrency; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
445.3716.6Stonecipher Boulevard
Ahloso446.2718.1 US-377 / SH-99 south – Fittstown, Tishomingo, MadillEast end of freeway; eastern terminus of US-377/SH-99 concurrency
454.9732.1StonewallInterchange
Coal461.5742.7 SH-48 – Lula, Allen, Tupelo
471.1758.2 US-75 north – CalvinWestern terminus of US-75 concurrency
Coalgate474.9764.3 SH-31 east (Main Street north)Northern terminus of SH-31 concurrency
475.0764.4 SH-31 west (Ohio Avenue)Southern terminus of SH-31 concurrency
475.4765.1 SH-43 east (Lafayette Avenue)Western terminus of SH-43
AtokaAtoka
SH-3 Byp. east (Greathouse Drive) – Antlers, Wapanucka
Western terminus of SH-3 Byp.
488.2785.7 US-69 north (Mississippi Avenue north) – McAlester, TulsaWestern terminus of US-69 concurrency
489.6787.9
US-69 south (Mississippi Avenue south) / US-75 / SH-7 / SH-3 Byp. west (13th Street west) – Tishomingo, Durant
Eastern terminus of US-69/US-75 concurrency; eastern terminus of SH-3 Byp./SH-7
PushmatahaAntlers519.8836.5 Indian Nation Turnpike – Hugo, Paris, Henryetta, TulsaInterchange; Indian Nation Tpk. exit 16
520.5837.7 SH-2 north – Moyers, ClaytonSouthern terminus of SH-2
521.5839.3 US-271 south – HugoWestern terminus of US-271 concurrency
522.4840.7 US-271 north – Wilburton, Poteau, ClaytonEastern terminus of US-271 concurrency
Rattan534.2859.7 SH-93 south – HugoNorthern terminus of SH-93
Oleta538.3866.3 SH-147 southNorthern terminus of SH-147
McCurtain565.9910.7 SH-98 southNorthern terminus of SH-98
Broken Bow577.0928.6 US-70 east (Martin Luther King Drive) / US-259 north (Park Drive north) – DeQueen Ark., Beavers BendNorthern terminus of US-70/US-259 concurrency
Idabel584.8941.1 US-70 Byp. begins / US-70 west – Southeastern Oklahoma State University McCurtain Campus, HugoSouthern terminus of US-70 concurrency; northern terminus of US-70 Byp. concurrency
586.7944.2
US-259 south / US-70 Byp. west
Eastern terminus of US-259 concurrency; southern terminus of US-70 Byp. concurrency
Oklahoma–Arkansas line615.0989.7 AR 32 eastContinuation into Arkansas
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

SH-3E[edit]

CountyLocationmi[2]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Pottawatomie387.0622.8181 I-40 / SH-3 west / SH-3W east / US-177 / US-270 – Stillwater, TecumsehExit numbers follow I-40; eastern terminus of I-40 concurrency; SH-3E west and SH-3W merge into SH-3
Shawnee185Kickapoo Street – Shawnee
389.7627.2 I-40 east / SH-18 north – MeekerWestern terminus of SH-18 concurrency; I-40 exit 186
391.7630.4 SH-18 south (Harrison Street south)Eastern terminus of SH-18 concurrency
Earlsboro397.6639.9 SH-9A to I-40 – Earlsboro
398.9642.0 SH-99A eastWestern terminus of SH-99A
SeminoleSeminole406.5654.2 US-270 west / SH-9 – Eufaula, NormanWestern terminus of US-270 concurrency
408.9658.1 US-270 east (Broadway Avenue east) / US-377 / SH-99 north (Milt Phillips Avenue north)eastern terminus of US-270 concurrency, western terminus of US-377/SH-99 concurrency
411.4662.1 SH-59 west – MaudWestern terminus of SH-59 concurrency
Bowlegs414.1666.4 SH-59 east – Bowlegs, WewokaEastern terminus of SH-59 concurrency
428.5689.6 SH-39 west (Broadway Street) / SH-56 east – Wewoka, KonawaEastern terminus of SH-39; western terminus of SH-56
PontotocAda439.4707.1 US-377 / SH-99 south / SH-1 east – Agri-Plex, Ada, McAlesterWest end of freeway; eastern terminus of US-377/SH-99 concurrency, western terminus of SH-1 concurrency
440.4708.8 SH-3W / SH-19 west – ShawneeEastbound exit and westbound entrance; eastern terminus of SH-19
AdaEastbound exit and westbound entrance
SH-3 east / SH-1 (J.A. Richardson Loop)SH-3E east and SH-3W merge into SH-3
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

SH-3W[edit]

CountyLocationmi[8]kmDestinationsNotes
Pottawatomie I-40 / SH-3 west (US-270 west) – Oklahoma CityInterchange; SH-3W west and SH-3E merge into SH-3; western terminus of US-270 concurrency; I-40 exit 181
I-40 east (SH-3E east) – OkemahInterchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance; I-40 exit 181
US-177 north to SH-270Interchange; left entrance eastbound, left exits; western terminus of US-177 concurrency
Shawnee387.3623.3
US-270 Bus. east (Kickapoo Spur)
Interchange; western terminus of US-270 Bus.
388.8625.7
US-270 Bus. west / SH-18 north (Farrall Avenue)
Interchange; southern terminus of SH-18, eastern terminus of US-270 Bus.
Tecumseh392.4631.5TecumsehInterchange
394.6635.0 US-270 east / SH-9 – Tecumseh, SeminoleEastbound exit split into "US-270 / SH-9 east – Seminole" and "SH-9 west – Tecumseh"; eastern terminus of US-270 concurrency
Chisney401.4646.0 SH-59B west – MacombEastern terminus of SH-59B
Pearson406.4654.0 SH-59 east – Pearson, St. LouisNorthern terminus of SH-59 concurrency
Asher412.4663.7 SH-39 – Konawa, Lexington, Purcell
McClain415.1668.0 US-177 south / SH-59 west – Stratford, SulphurSouthern terminus of US-177/SH-59 concurrency
Pontotoc421.0677.5 SH-59A westEastern terminus of SH-59A
431.9695.1 SH-19 west – Stratford, Pauls ValleyInterchange
433.4697.5 SH-3E west / SH-1 (J.A. Richardson Loop) / Main Street – McAlester, Seminole, AdaInterchange; eastbound left exit and westbound entrance (left entrance from Main St.)
SH-3 east / SH-1 (J.A. Richardson Loop) / SH-19 end – Roff, CoalgateInterchange; SH-3W east and SH-3E merge into SH-3; eastern terminus of SH-19
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (2014-04-27). "SH-3—Colorado to Seiling" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2014-04-27.
    Google (2014-04-27). "SH-3—Seiling to Southwest Oklahoma City" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2014-04-27.
    Google (2014-04-27). "SH-3—Overlap with I-240" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2014-04-27.
    Google (2014-05-13). "SH-3—Overlap with I-40" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
  2. ^ a b Google (2014-05-13). "SH-3E" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
  3. ^ a b Google (2014-05-23). "SH-3—Ada to Idabel" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
    Google (2014-05-23). "SH-3—Idabel to Arkansas" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  4. ^ ODOT Planning & Research Division. "Memorial Dedication & Revision History – SH-3". Retrieved 2006-08-21.
  5. ^ http://www2.lsb.state.ok.us/2001-02HB/hcr1067_enr.rtf
  6. ^ ODOT Planning & Research Division. "Memorial Dedication & Revision History – SH-3 Northwest Expressway". Retrieved 2007-05-06.
  7. ^ ODOT Planning & Research Division. "Memorial Dedication & Revision History – SH-3 Bypass". Retrieved 2007-05-06.
  8. ^ Google (2014-05-13). "SH-3W" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2014-05-13.

External links[edit]

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