Interstate 240 and 444 in Oklahoma

Interstate 240 and 444 in Oklahoma

Interstate 240 in Oklahoma

I-240
Begin Oklahoma City
End Oklahoma City
Length 16 mi
Length 26 km
Route
1 → Wichita Falls / Tulsa2 Western Avenue

3 Santa Fe Avenue

4 → Dallas / Wichita

5 Eastern Avenue

6 Bryant Avenue

7 Sunnylane Road

8 Tinker Air Force Base

9 Air Depot Boulevard

11 Douglas Boulevard

14 Anderson Road

16 → Oklahoma City / Fort Smith

Interstate 240 or I -240 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The highway is located entirely within the city of Oklahoma City, and forms an east-west bypass through the south side of the city. The highway is also called South Bypass and is 26 kilometers long.

Travel directions

I-240 near Tinker Air Force Base.

The freeway begins at Oklahoma City International Airport at the interchange with Interstate 44. After this, 2×3 lanes will be available. One passes through the sprawling southern suburbs. There are several business parks along I-240. At the Crossroads Mall, a huge indoor shopping center, one crosses Interstate 35, which comes from Dallas and goes towards Kansas City.

After this junction, 2×2 lanes are available. Here, I-240 no longer runs through residential areas, but largely undeveloped land just south of the city. Along the highway is the Lake Stanley Draper reservoir, as there are more lakes in the city of Oklahoma City. After 16 miles, I-240 joins Interstate 40 toward Fort Smith and Little Rock. There are only connections to and from the east.

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History

The western section between I-44 and I-35 was already completed in 1964. The eastern section through I-40 opened to traffic 10 years later. Previously, I-240 ran over I-44, the highway was 31 miles (31 km) long, and almost circled the city. In 1982, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation extended I-44 to Lawton and Wichita Falls, shortening I-240 to its current route.

In the fall of 2021, the AASHTO gave approval to make I-240 a 148-mile ring road from Oklahoma City. The track would then be extended over the Kickapoo Turnpike and the John Kilpatrick Turnpike, as well as portions of State Route 152, I-40, and I-44.

Opening history

Van Unpleasant Length Opening
Exit 1 Exit 4 6 km 1964
Exit 4 Exit 16 19 km 1974

Traffic intensities

Daily, 106,000 to 121,000 vehicles travel on the 2×3 lane portion between I-44 and I-35 and 81,000 vehicles east of I-35, dropping to 39,000 to 23,000 vehicles further up to I-40.

Interstate 444 in Oklahoma

I-444
Begin Tulsa
End Tulsa
Length 2 mi
Length 4 km
Route
94A/B → Oklahoma City94C 11th Street

94D 13th Street

95 → Muskogee

96A 7th Street

96B/C → Joplin / Bartlesville

Interstate 444 or I -444 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The freeway is not signposted as an Interstate Highway and forms a ring around downtown Tulsa. Both ends connect to Interstate 244. The road is signposted as US 64 and US 75. The route is 4 kilometers long.

Travel directions

The highway begins at the interchange with Interstate 244 at the Arkansas River and heads east. There are 2×3 lanes available, and the road is below ground level. Because the highway runs right along the center, you have a view of the Tulsa skyline. After two miles, I-444 turns north, continuing straight for US 64 as the Broken Arrow Expressway. Also north of this interchange, I-444 is below ground level and 2×3 lanes are also available. The road ends at Interstate 244, and US 75 continues straight north.

History

I-444 was constructed a little later than I-244. Only the first branch from I-244 to the south side of downtown Tulsa opened at the same time as I-244, the rest of the route was opened to traffic in 1979. When I-44 was routed through Tulsa, the milestones were around mile 90. Instead of making its own exit numbering, it is based on the I-44 milestones, this applies to both I-244 and I- 444. The number I-444 is not shown on the signage, instead US 75 is indicated.

Opening history

Van Unpleasant Length Opening
Exit 94A Exit 94B 1 km 1974
Exit 94B Exit 96C 3 km 1979

Traffic intensities

49,000 to 51,000 vehicles use I-444 daily.

Tisdale Parkway

Get started Tulsa
End Tulsa
Length 3 mi
Length 5 km
Route
Fairview Street

Pine Street

Apache Street

Gilcrease Expressway

36th Street

The LL Tisdale Parkway is a freeway in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The highway forms a north-south route from Downtown to the northern suburbs and is 5 kilometers long.

Travel directions

The Tisdale Parkway begins at an interchange with Interstate 244, US 75, and US 412 at Downtown Oklahoma. The highway has 2×2 lanes and leads north through suburban areas. The highway has three connections, followed by a traffic light controlled intersection with the Gilcrease Expressway. The road then narrows to one lane and ends at 36th Street shortly after.

History

The highway was originally known as the Osage Expressway, which was to continue to Pawhuska, the capital of the Osage Indians. The planned length of the highway at the time was approximately 70 kilometers. Plans for the highway were nearly scrapped in 1983 due to a lack of funds. Funding was then secured by the City of Tulsa, and the southernmost 2 miles to Apache Street was constructed between 1986 and 1993. Between 1995 and 1997, the parkway was extended a little further north to 36th Street.

Naming

The highway is named after LL Tisdale, a Tulsa pastor. The highway was originally constructed as the Osage Expressway, but was renamed LL Tisdale Parkway after its extension in 1997.

Traffic intensities

There are no known traffic volumes on the highway. The usage is probably not very high because of the short length and lack of through traffic.

Tisdale Parkway