Interstate 240 in Oklahoma
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.
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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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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.
|Exit 1||Exit 4||6 km||1964|
|Exit 4||Exit 16||19 km||1974|
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
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.
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.
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.
|Exit 94A||Exit 94B||1 km||1974|
|Exit 94B||Exit 96C||3 km||1979|
49,000 to 51,000 vehicles use I-444 daily.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.