U.S. Route 277

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U.S. Route 277 marker

U.S. Route 277
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 77
Length: 633 mi[1] (1,019 km)
Existed: 1930 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 83 at Carrizo Springs, TX
  US 57 at Eagle Pass, TX
US 90 at Del Rio, TX
I-10 at Sonora, TX
US 67 / US 87 at San Angelo, TX
US 83 / US 84 at Abilene, TX
I-20 at Abilene, TX
US 82 / US 183 / US 283 at Seymour, TX
I-44 / US 281 at Wichita Falls, TX
US-62 / US-81 / SH-9 at Chickasha, OK
North end: I‑44 / US-62 at Newcastle, OK
Location
States: Texas, Oklahoma
Highway system
Scenic view of U.S. 277 between Del Rio and Sonora, Texas
First southbound sign for U.S. 277 in Newcastle, Oklahoma

U.S. Route 277 (US 277, US-277) is a north–south United States Highway. It is a spur of U.S. Route 77. It runs for 633 miles (1,019 km) across Oklahoma and Texas. US 277's northern terminus is in Newcastle, Oklahoma at Interstate 44, which is also the northern terminus of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. Its southern terminus is in Carrizo Springs, Texas at U.S. Route 83. It passes through the states of Oklahoma and Texas.

Most of U.S. 277's route through the two states overlaps other U.S. highways. Those include U.S. 62 from Newcastle to Chickasha, Oklahoma, U.S. 62 and U.S. 281 from five miles (8 km) west of Elgin, Oklahoma, to Lawton, U.S. 281 from Lawton to Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S. 82 from Wichita Falls to Seymour, Texas, and U.S. 83 from Anson, Texas to Abilene, Texas. Through the Lawton area and again from Randlett, Oklahoma, to near downtown Wichita Falls, U.S. 277 is also co-signed with I-44.

Route description[edit]

Lengths
  mi km
TX 508.9 819.0
OK 124.1[2] 199.7

Texas[edit]

The highway begins at an intersection with US 83 in Carrizo Springs, about 60 miles northwest of Laredo. The highway runs in an east-west direction, until reaching Eagle Pass. From here to Del Rio, the highway parallels the Rio Grande River at the U.S.-Mexico border. The highway overlaps US 377 for about 26 miles, with the highways passing the Amistad National Recreation Area.

US 277 crosses I-10 near Sonora, before traveling to Eldorado and eventually San Angelo. The highway overlaps both US 67 and US 87 in the city. In Abilene, the highway overlaps with US 83 and US 84, with the latter leaving shortly after. US 83 leaves in Anson, traveling to Aspermont, while US 277 travels to Stamford. In Seymour, US 82 begins an overlap with US 277. The two highways enter the city of Wichita Falls, with US 82 leaving the highway at US 281/US 287. US 277 joins US 281/287 and the three highways travel into the downtown area of the city, where I-44 begins. US 287 leaves the freeway, while I-44/US 277/US 281 travel to Burkburnett, before crossing the Red River into Oklahoma.

Oklahoma[edit]

From its present terminus at Interstate 44 near Newcastle (Exit 107 and starting/ending point of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike north section), U.S. 277 runs concurrent with U.S. 62 through Blanchard into downtown Chickasha, where U.S. 277 joins U.S. 81 for several miles to an intersection south of Chickasha near Ninnekah, where U.S. 277 turns west/southwest through the cities of Cement, Cyril, Fletcher and Elgin - crossing over I-44/H.E. Bailey east of Cement (no access), under the interstate south of Fletcher (no access) and under the interstate/turnpike on the west side of Elgin (Exit 53 - tolls charged northbound exit/southbound entry and no tolls southbound exit/northbound entry). About five miles west of Elgin, U.S. 277 rejoins U.S. 62 (and U.S. 281, whose concurrency with U.S. 277 to Wichita Falls, Texas begins) for the next 10 miles with the triplex 62-277-281 route joining Interstate 44 at the starting/ending point of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike north section (Exit 46) near Medicine Park south through Fort Sill to I-44 Exit 40A, where U.S. 62 diverts from the interstate. U.S. 277 and 281 continue their concurrent route with I-44 through the Lawton-Fort Sill area to a point six miles south of Lawton where I-44 becomes the H.E. Bailey Turnpike south to Randlett. At this interchange (Exit 30) which also includes Oklahoma 36 west/southwest to Chattanooga and Grandfield, U.S. 277-281 diverts east and then curve south to parallel the interstate past Geronimo, OK and 10 miles later joins Oklahoma 5 about 5 miles west of Walters for three miles west crossing over I-44/H.E. Bailey Turnpike at the Walters exit and toll plaza (Exit 21). West of I-44, U.S. 277-281 turns south from Oklahoma 5 and continues south, crossing under I-44 (with no access) south of Cookietown and then joins U.S. 70 at Randlett, from where the triplex U.S. 70-277-281 continues 3 miles west to an interchange with I-44 at the beginning/ending points of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike (Exit 6). At this interchange, U.S. 277-281 joins I-44 for the last 6 miles in Oklahoma before crossing the Red River into Texas.

Free road alternative to the H.E. Bailey Turnpike[edit]

From Newcastle to the Red River north of Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S. 277 (and concurrent sections of U.S. 62, U.S. 81 and U.S. 281) serves as an alternate free route to the two sections of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike between Oklahoma City and the Red River from Newcastle southwest of Oklahoma to near Medicine Park north of Lawton and from near Geronimo south of Lawton to Randlett just north of the Red River near Burkburnett, Texas.

Former U.S. 277 route in Lawton now U.S. 281 Business[edit]

The former route of U.S. 277 (and 281) through the City of Lawton via 2nd Street and 11th Street (and a diagonal street connecting those two streets) has been designated as U.S. 281 Business since the completion of Lawton's Pioneer Expressway (now I-44) in 1964 from present I-44 Exit 39-B to Exit 33. Present U.S. 281 Business and former U.S. 277-281 follows 2nd Street south of I-44 (Exit 39B) into the downtown area and south of Lee Boulevard (Oklahoma 7),curves into the diagonal route to 11th Street and still locally designated by the City of Lawton as Highway 277 even though it is officially designated as U.S. 281 Business. From the end of the diagonal route at 11th and Tennessee Avenue south past the Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport to Exit 33 of Interstate 44, the former U.S. 277-281 and current U.S. Business 281 route follows 11th Street. South of this point, U.S. 281 Business ends/begins and current U.S. 277-281 continues to run concurrent with I-44 for another 3 miles to Exit 30 (the starting/ending point for the southern section of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike), bypassing 3 miles of the former U.S. 277-281 concurrency that followed 11th Street south of Lawton until the completion of the present I-44 route south of Lawton in 1964, when the former highway reverted to local jurisdiction. At Exit 31, Oklahoma 36 begins its route to Chattanooga and Grandfield west of I-44 while U.S. 277-281 uses the same route east of the interstate for a half-mile and turning south toward Geronimo, over the continuation of Lawton's 11th Street.

History[edit]

When US 277 was commissioned in 1930, it ended at the Mexico–United States border in Del Rio, Texas. It was extended southeast to its present terminus in 1952.[3] The original northern terminus was in Oklahoma City at its intersection with parent route US 77 and US 62. The northern terminus remained there until 1964. when it was truncated to its present terminus following the completion of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike and the connecting US 62 freeway into Oklahoma City, which would become I-44 in the 1980s. The section of highway through Wichita Falls was recently upgraded to a freeway. Known as Kell Boulevard, the freeway opened in late-2009/early-2010.

As of February 2010, US 277 allows a speed limit of 75 miles per hour (121 km/h) only in Dimmit County, Texas.[citation needed]

Major intersections[edit]

State County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Texas Dimmit Carrizo Springs US 83 (First Street) to SH 85 – Crystal City, Uvalde, Laredo Southern terminus
Loop 225 (5th Street)
FM 790 north (9th Street)
FM 2644 west – El Indio
Loop 517 east
FM 191 east – Crystal City
FM 393 east
Maverick Loop 480 Interchange
Eagle Pass US 57 north – La Pryor Southern terminus of US 57 concurrency

US 57 south / Bus. US 277 north / FM 3443 south (Veterans Boulevard) to FM 1021 – Eagle Pass, Piedras Negras, International Bridge
Northern terminus of US 57 concurrency
Spur 216 east (2nd Street)
Flowers Drive Interchange
Barrera Street Interchange

Bus. US 277 south – Eagle Pass
Seco Mines FM 1589
FM 1588 east
FM 1589
FM 1907 west
SH 131 north – Brackettville
FM 1665 west
FM 1665 east
Normandy FM 1590 west
FM 1908 north – Spofford, Brackettville
FM 1664 east
FM 1666 east
FM 1591 east
FM 1664 west
Kinney RM 693 north – Brackettville
Val Verde Spur 317 – Laughlin AFB West Gate Entrance
Loop 79 north – Sonora, El Paso
Del Rio Spur 277 – Ciudad Acuña Interchange
US 90 east – San Antonio Southern terminus of US 90 concurrency
US 377 south (East Gibbs Street) / Spur 239 south (Veteran's Boulevard) / Spur 297 – Ciudad Acuña, Business District Southern terminus of US 377 concurrency
US 90 west – Comstock, Sanderson, Amistad NRA Visitor Information, Big Bend National Park Northern terminus of US 90 concurrency
Loop 79 to US 90 – Eagle Pass, Laredo Interchange
RE 2 west – Amistad National Recreation Area, Rough Canyon
US 377 north – Rocksprings Northern terminus of US 377 concurrency
Edwards SH 55 south – Rocksprings
Sutton RM 189 west – Juno
Sonora Loop 467 east Southern terminus of Loop 467 concurrency
Loop 467 west Northern terminus of Loop 467 concurrency
I-10 – Ozona, Junction I-10 exit 400
Schleicher FM 2129 west
Eldorado US 190 west – Iraan Southern terminus of US 190 concurrency
US 190 east / RM 915 north – Mertzon, Menard, Airport Northern terminus of US 190 concurrency
Tom Green Loop 110 to RM 2084 – Christoval
Loop 110 to RM 2084 – Christoval
FM 2335 north – Knickerbocker
Pecan Station RM 584 north – Airport
San Angelo US 87 south / Loop 306 east – Eden Interchange; southern terminus of US 87 / Loop 306 concurrency
See US 87
US 67 south / US 87 north (North Bryant Boulevard) Interchange; northern terminus of US 87 / US 67 Bus. concurrency; southern terminus of US 67 concurrency
See US 67
US 67 north – Ballinger Interchange; northern terminus of US 67 concurrency
FM 2105 west to US 87
Coke FM 2333 east – Miles
FM 2662 west to SH 208
Bronte SH 158 east – Ballinger Southern terminus of SH 158 concurrency
SH 158 west (West Main Street) – Robert Lee Northern terminus of SH 158 concurrency
FM 384 east – Winters
SH 70 north – Sweetwater, Oak Creek Lake, Blackwell Interchange
Runnels
No major junctions
Nolan
No major junctions
Taylor SH 153 – Sweetwater, Winters, Wingate Interchange
Happy Valley FM 1086 west – Shep Southern terminus of FM 1086 concurrency
FM 1086 east – Bradshaw Northern terminus of FM 1086 concurrency
FM 89 – Nolan, Buffalo Gap, Abilene State Park
View FM 1235 – Merkel, Buffalo Gap
Caps FM 707 – Tye
Abilene FM 3438 north (Dub Wright Boulevard) / Rebecca Lane – Dyess AFB interchange
US 83 south / US 84 east / South 14th Street – Ballinger, Coleman, Airport, McMurry University Interchange; southern terminus of US 83 / US 84 concurrency; south end of freeway
see US 83
Jones US 83 north – Hamlin Northern terminus of US 83 concurrency
FM 1636 west Southern terminus of FM 1636 concurrency
FM 1636 east – Avoca Northern terminus of FM 1636 concurrency
SH 92 west – Hamlin
FM 2702 east – truck route to SH 6 south

Bus. US 277 north
Stamford
Bus. US 277 to SH 6 – Stamford
Interchange
Haskell
Bus. US 277 south / SH 6 / SH 283 – Rule, Aspermont, Stamford
Interchange
FM 618 north – Paint Creek, Lake Stamford
FM 1225 west

Bus. US 277 north – Haskell
Haskell US 380 – Haskell Interchange

Bus. US 277 south / County Road 210 – Haskell, Airport
FM 1080 east

Bus. US 277 north – Weinert
Weinert FM 617 – Rochester

Bus. US 277 south – Weinert
FM 1720 east – Throckmorton
Knox FM 2365 west
FM 267 north
Munday
Bus. US 277 north
SH 222 – Munday interchange

Bus. US 277 south
Spur 357 north – Goree
Goree FM 266 – Goree Interchange
Baylor Bomarton FM 1152 south – Miller Creek Reservoir
FM 1152 south – Miller Creek Reservoir
FM 2070 west
FM 2395 south
US 183 south / US 283 south – Throckmorton Southern terminus of US 183 / US 283 concurrency

Bus. US 183 north (Main Street / US 277 Bus. north / US 283 Bus. north)
Interchange
SH 114 – Seymour, Olney Interchange
FM 422 – Seymour, Archer City Interchange

US 82 west / Bus. US 183 south (US 277 Bus. south / US 283 Bus. south) – Seymour, Lubbock
Interchange; southern terminus of US 82 concurrency
Mabelle US 183 north / US 283 north / FM 1790 south – Lake Kemp, Vernon Northern terminus of US 183 / US 283 concurrency
Archer Dundee FM 2846 north – Lake Diversion
FM 368 north – Lake Kickapoo
Mankins SH 25 – Electra, Archer City

Bus. US 82 east / Bus. US 277 north – Holliday
Holliday FM 368 – Holliday Interchange

Bus. US 82 west / Bus. US 277 south – Holliday
Interchange
Wichita SH 258 west – Kamay
Wichita Falls FM 369 (Southwest Parkway) Interchange; south end of freeway

Bus. US 277 north (Seymour Highway) / FM 2650 (Allendale Road)
No direct northbound exit (signed at FM 369)
FM 1634 (Barnett Road) Access to Kell West Regional Hospital
Fairway Boulevard
McNiel Avenue
Lawrence Road / Lebanon Road No direct northbound exit (signed at McNiel Avenue)
Kemp Boulevard
Taft Boulevard
Harrison Street no direct northbound exit (signed at Taft Boulevard)
Brook Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Spur 447 east / Broad Street Northbound exit and southbound entrance
US 82 east / US 281 south / US 287 south – Jacksboro, Texarkana, Fort Worth Northern terminus of US 82 concurrency; southern terminus of US 281 / US 287 concurrency
6th Street - MPEC Northbound exit and southbound entrance
See I-44
Red River Unnamed bridge
See I-44
Oklahoma Cotton Devol I‑44 north / US-70 west / H.E. Bailey Turnpike – Newcastle, Oklaunion Northern terminus of I-44 concurrency; southern terminus of US 70 concurrency
Randlett US-70 east – Waurika Northern terminus of US 70 concurrency
SH-5A to SH-5 – Temple
Walters SH-5 south – Frederick Southern terminus of SH 5 concurrency
I‑44 / US-281 / H.E. Bailey Turnpike Access to Walters Municipal Airport; southern terminus of US 281 concurrency; I-44 exit 20
SH-5 north – Temple Northern terminus of SH 5 concurrency
Comanche Fort Sill
US-281 Bus. – Lawton
I‑44 west / SH-36 / H.E. Bailey Turnpike – Wichita Falls, Chattanooga Southern terminus of I-44 concurrency; I-44 exit 30
See I-44
Fletcher I‑44 east / US-62 / H.E. Bailey Turnpike – Chickasha Northern terminus of I-44 concurrency; I-44 exit 46; no direct access to/from northbound I-44
Porter Hill US-62 north / US-281 east – Anadarko, Chickasha Northern terminus of US 62 / US 281 concurrency
Elgin I‑44 / H.E. Bailey Turnpike – Wichita Falls, Oklahoma City I-44 exit 53
SH-17 – Sterling, Rush Springs
Caddo Cyril SH-19 west – Apache Southern terminus of SH 19 concurrency
SH-8 – Anadarko
Grady Ninnekah US-81 south – Rush Springs Southern terminus of US 81 concurrency
See US 81
Chickasha US-62 west / US-81 north – Minko, Anadarko Northern terminus of US 81 concurrency; southern terminus of US 62 concurrency
See US 62
McClain Newcastle I‑44 / US-62 / H.E. Bailey Turnpike – Chickasha, Lawton, Burkburnett, Wichita Falls Northern terminus; northern terminus of US 62 concurrency; I-44 exit 107
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Business U.S. Route 277[edit]

See also[edit]

Related routes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Droz, Robert V. U.S. Highways : From US 1 to (US 830). Accessed 20 February 2006.[self-published source]
  2. ^ Stuve, Eric. U.S. 277. OKHighways. Accessed 22 February 2006.
  3. ^ Stuve, Eric. "U.S. 277". OKHighways. Retrieved November 25, 2013. [self-published source]

External links[edit]

Browse numbered routes
SH 276 TX SH 279
US-271 OK US-281