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Interstate 240 Oklahoma

 

Routing

Interstate 240 comprises a beltline of Oklahoma City northward from the current western terminus along Interstate 44 to Oklahoma 66 and Interstate 35 north and west of downtown. Interstate 240 bypasses the central business district of the capital city of Oklahoma to the south between Interstate 44 and the Will Rogers World Airport and Interstate 40 in rural eastern Oklahoma City.

The route is signed with Interstate 40 long distance control points of Amarillo and Fort Smith. Additionally at one time Interstate 240 carried Interstate 40 mileage based exit numbers. A similar occurrence existed along Interstate 244 with relation to Interstate 44 in Tulsa as well.

History

Originally Interstate 44 saw its western terminus at the west end of the Turner Turnpike in northeast Oklahoma City near the Edmond city line. At that time, Interstate 240 continued north of the present terminus along current Interstate 44 to Interstate 40, then U.S. 66, northeastward returning to Interstate 35. The truncation of Interstate 240 occurred in 1982, when it was decided to extend Interstate 44 southwest along the H.E. Bailey Turnpike from its terminus at Interstate 35 north of Oklahoma City to Lawton and Wichita Falls. Thus Interstate 44 overtook the northern and western legs of Interstate 240 and the loop became just an east-west bypass for Interstate 40 south of town.

Interstate 240 Oklahoma City Map - Interstate-Guide

The Oklahoma City limits are quite expansive and encompass all of Interstate 240. The city limits are second in area coverage within the United States to Anchorage, Alaska.

A section of Northeast Expressway, between Eastern and Lincoln Boulevards, was the first four-lane roadway to open in Oklahoma. That roadway, opened in October 1950, was later incorporated into I-240 and eventually Interstate 44.2

Former Routing

Additionally, the section of former Interstate 240 (now Interstate 44) north of Interstate 40 west of the central business district to Interstate 35 near Lake Aluma represented a planned Interstate 440. It is unclear if this designation existed in the field or only appeared on planning maps.

Western Terminus - Interstate 44 - Will Rogers Airport, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Perspective from Interstate 240 west
This mileage sign on westbound Interstate 240, U.S. 62, and Oklahoma 3 is located about 1.5 miles west of the western terminus. The final three exits are: Exit 1B, South May Avenue; Exit 1A, Junction Interstate 44; and Exit 116A, S.W. 59th Street. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Westbound Interstate 240, U.S. 62, and Oklahoma 3 reaches Exit 1B, South May Avenue. The final westbound interchange is Exit 1A, Junction Interstate 44, followed by Exit 116A, S.W. 59th Street. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
The right lane of westbound Interstate 240, U.S. 62, and Oklahoma 3 becomes exit only for Interstate 44 and U.S. 62 west (Exit 1A). The second right lane becomes exit only for Exit 116A, S.W. 59th Street. The left two lanes transition directly onto Interstate 44 east and Oklahoma 3 west (generally traveling in a northerly direction). Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
End Interstate 240 shield, as Interstate 240 begins to transition to Interstate 44 eastbound. The far right-hand lane is exit-only for Interstate 44 west/Lawton/H.E. Bailey Turnpike. Interstate 44 in conjunction with Interstate 240 is the southern bypass for Oklahoma City. The freeways also serve traffic needs to the Will Rogers World Airport (located just to the west of this interchange). U.S. 62 departs with Interstate 44 west and Oklahoma 3 with Interstate 44 north incidentally. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Exit 1A, the last ramp of Interstate 240 westbound before all traffic is shunted onto Interstate 44 east. 75 miles to the south is Lawton and just west of there the scenic Wichita Mountains. Exit 116A for S.W. 59th Street serves as an alternate to Will Rogers World Airport from Exit 116B/Airport Road. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Westbound Interstate 240 and Oklahoma 3 reach the offramp to Exit 116A, S.W. 59th Street (right lane exit only). The left two lanes curve directly onto northbound (eastbound) Interstate 44 and Oklahoma 3. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Perspective from Interstate 44 west
Interstate 44 west approaching the beginning of Interstate 240 east. The Interstate 240/U.S. 62/Oklahoma 3 panel features Interstate 35 and 40 control cities of Dallas and Fort Smith. Interstate 240 is the preferred bypass of the downtown area for through traffic in Oklahoma City metro. Photo taken by Eric Stuve (11/08/02).
Four westbound lanes of Interstate 44 prepare to split between Interstate 240/U.S. 62/Oklahoma 3 eastbound (unmarked Exit 115). The two left-hand lanes are allocated for the south bypass of Oklahoma City while the right-hand two continue southward towards Newcastle and the H.E. Bailey Turnpike. Interstate 44 sheds Oklahoma 3 east but incurs U.S. 62 west. Both of these highways were routed on Oklahoma surface streets originally. Photo taken by Eric Stuve (08/28/02).
Gore point of the Interstate 44/U.S. 62 west split with Interstate 240. Instead of an Exit sign, a reassurance sign for Interstate 44 and U.S. 62 is posted to advise motorists to stay to the right. The next exit of Interstate 44 is at Exit 114/South May Avenue, one-half mile to the south. Photo taken by Eric Stuve (11/08/02).
Perspective from Interstate 44 east
An old button copy guide sign for Interstate 44 eastbound Exit 115. The control city reads Fort Smith, which is that of Interstate 40 throughout the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The Arkansas city is approximately 182 miles to the east of Exit 115. Photo taken by Cary B. Todd (8/00).
Eastbound Interstate 44/U.S. 62 reaches Exit 115/Interstate 240 east. U.S. 62, which overlaps with Interstate 44 from the north end of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike eight miles to the south, departs along Interstate 240 eastbound at this point. Oklahoma 3 enters from Interstate 240 west and continues northward with Interstate 44 to Exit 123B. The highway travels through the "Northwest Passage" out to the northwest Oklahoma towns of Woodward and Guymon after its joint venture with Interstate 44. Photo taken by Eric Stuve (09/11/02).
After the ramp to eastbound Interstate 240/U.S. 62/Oklahoma 3, this mileage sign on northbound Interstate 44/Oklahoma 3 provides the distance to the next three exits. Prior to the extension of Interstate 44, this section of freeway was part of Interstate 240. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Use the left two lanes to connect to Airport Road en route to Will Rogers World Airport; use the right three lanes to continue north on Interstate 44 (east)/Oklahoma 3 (west). Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
The interchange between Interstate 44 and Airport Drive is a tri-level stack. Continue north on Interstate 44 to the junction with Interstate 40. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Eastern Terminus - Interstate 40 and U.S. 270 - east of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Perspective from Interstate 240 east
Interstate 240 marks its eastern terminus at the conclusion of this single lane ramp to Interstate 40 eastbound. Now a good 15 miles outside downtown Oklahoma City, Interstate 40 migrates eastward towards Shawnee and Fort Smith, Arkansas. There is no return access to Interstate 40 westbound from this direction. Photos taken by Eric Stuve (08/24/02).
Perspective from Interstate 40, U.S. 270, and Oklahoma 3 west
This mileage sign contains what might be the earliest mention of a pending Interstate junction in the entire system -- well, we know that's not true since Interstate 70 westbound in Colorado has the junction with Interstate 15 as a control destination -- but still, 52 miles is long way out! This mileage sign indicates that the junction with Interstate 240 is 52 miles further west. It can be found on Interstate 40 west of the Exit 217 interchange with Oklahoma 48. Incidentally, a mileage sign is posted four miles to the east displaying "I-240 - 56". Photo taken by Eric Stuve (12/19/02).
Interstate 240 is again mentioned here, on Interstate 40/U.S. 270/Oklahoma 3 westbound about one mile east of the eastern terminus. This sign bridge is posted at the ramp to Exit 166/Choctaw Road. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Oklahoma 3 west - use Interstate 240 guide sign, posted just after the Exit 166/Choctaw Road interchange. The state route follows Interstate 240 west to Interstate 44 to the Northwest Expressway near Lake Hefner. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Interstate 240 advance guide signage on Interstate 40 westbound. The all capital letter control cities refer to the connection with Interstate 44 west/Lawton and Interstate 35 south/Dallas. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Interstate 240 begins as Oklahoma 3 splits from Interstate 40 westbound at Exit 165. Downtown Oklahoma City is still another 15 miles westward via Interstate 40. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Perspective from Interstate 240 and Oklahoma 3 west
Now on westbound Interstate 240 and Oklahoma 3, the first interchange is Exit 14, Anderson Road. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Historical Western Terminus - Interstate 40 and U.S. 270 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Perspective from Interstate 44 north (east) and Oklahoma 3 west
Interstate 240 used to follow Interstate 44 between Exit 115 and Exit 120. After the Will Rogers World Airport offramp (Exit 116B), this mileage sign on northbound Interstate 44 (east) provides the distance to the junction with Interstate 40. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
A second mileage sign is posted after Exit 117A, S.W. 44th Street. The next three exits are Exit 118, S.W. 29th Street; Exit 119, S.W. 15th Street; and Exit 120, Junction Interstate 40 and U.S. 270. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
The one-mile advance sign for Interstate 40 is embedded within this mileage sign, which is located after the offramp for Exit 118, S.W. 29th Street. The next two exits are Exit 119, S.W. 15th Street and Exit 120, Junction Interstate 40 and U.S. 270. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Northbound Interstate 44 and Oklahoma 3 reach Exit 119, S.W. 15th Street. Use the left lane to connect to westbound Interstate 40/U.S. 270 (Exit 120A) and the right lane to eastbound Interstate 40/U.S. 270 (Exit 120B). Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Use Interstate 40 for both directions of U.S. 270, which is not otherwise signed at this interchange. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
The middle two lanes continue north on Interstate 44 and Oklahoma 3. The left lane connects to Exit 120A, Junction Interstate 40 and U.S. 270 west, while the right lane connects to Exit 120B, Junction Interstate 40 and U.S. 270 east to downtown Oklahoma City. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Perspective from Interstate 44 south (west) and Oklahoma 3 east
Traveling south on Interstate 44 and Oklahoma 3, the first overhead sign for the junction with Interstate 40 and U.S. 270 appears at the offramp for Exit 121B, N.W. 10th Street. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
The left lane becomes exit only for Interstate 40 east, while the right lane becomes exit only for Interstate 40 west. The two middle lanes continue south on Interstate 44 and Oklahoma 3. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Southbound Interstate 44/Oklahoma 3 reaches Exit 120B, Junction Interstate 40/U.S. 270 east (left exit). The next exit is Exit 120A, Junction Interstate 40/U.S. 270 west. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Southbound Interstate 44/Oklahoma 3 reaches Exit 120A, Junction Interstate 40/U.S. 270 west. From here south, Interstate 240 used to continue toward the Oklahoma City Will Rogers World Airport, then turn east back toward Interstate 40. With the extension of Interstate 44 south to Lawton, Interstate 240 was retracted to its current termini. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Perspective from Interstate 40 east
Interstate 240 used to begin at Exits 147A-B, which is now the interchange with Interstate 44. When Interstate 44 was extended southwest to Wichita Falls, Texas, around 1982 (unconfirmed, based on map research). Here, eastbound Interstate 40 meets MacArthur Boulevard at Exit 144, about two miles west of the Interstate 44 interchange. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
After the Meridian Avenue offramp (Exit 145), the next exit on eastbound Interstate 40 is Exit 146, Portland Avenue, followed by Exits 147A-B, Junction Interstate 44 (former Interstate 240). Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Interstate 240 comprised a beltline of Oklahoma City northward from the current western terminus along Interstate 44 to Oklahoma 66 and Interstate 35 north and west of downtown. The truncation of Interstate 240 occurred when it was decided to extend Interstate 44 southwest from its terminus at Interstate 35 north of Oklahoma City to Lawton and Wichita Falls. Pictured here are signs posted on Interstate 40 eastbound at the Portland Avenue off-ramp for the upcoming junction with Interstate 240. Thus Interstate 44 overtook the northern and western legs of Interstate 240 and the loop became just an east-west bypass for Interstate 40 south of town. At the time this photograph was taken, Interstate 240 was yet to be completed between Will Rogers Park and Interstate 35 north of downtown. Therefore the Exit 147B overhead featured "Temporary End" instead of a control point on Interstate 40 related exit signs. The left-hand off-ramp for Interstate 240 north (now Interstate 44 east) remains in use today. This photo was taken by Bill Manning (1978).
Perspective of this same interchange in October 2003. It should also be mentioned that all of Interstate 240 and Interstate 44 from Exit 115 to Exit 150 was to be signed as Interstate 440 originally. This later changed when Interstate 44 was extended southwestward from the original terminus at the end of the Turner Turnpike with Interstate 35 to Wichita Falls, Texas. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Eastbound Interstate 40 and U.S. 270 reach Exit 147A, Junction Interstate 44 west (Former Interstate 240 east) and Oklahoma 3 east. The next exit is a left exit (Exit 147B) and connects to Interstate 44 east (north). Some maps showed the section of Interstate 44 between Interstate 40 and Interstate 35 as proposed Interstate 440. Although a portion of the route north of Interstate 40 was signed as Interstate 240, it was not signed as such for the entire route to Interstate 35. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
After that, eastbound Interstate 40 and U.S. 270 reach Exit 147B, Junction Interstate 44 east and Oklahoma 3 west. To the north, the freeway was planned as Interstate 440 and was briefly signed as Interstate 240; it is now signed as Interstate 44. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Historical Northern Terminus - Interstate 35 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Perspective from Interstate 44 and Oklahoma 66 east
Once the entire loop route was completed, Interstate 240 extended from southeast of Oklahoma City and around the city for 270 degrees. This only lasted until Interstate 44 was extended southwest through Oklahoma City and then south to Lawton and Wichita Falls. This perspective shows eastbound Interstate 44/Oklahoma 66 (former Interstate 240, possible Interstate 440) at the Lincoln Boulevard interchange (Exit 128A), where the first mention of the interchange with Interstate 35 appears on a mileage sign. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
The junction with Interstate 35 (Exit 130) is again mentioned on this mileage sign after the Kelley Avenue (Exit 128B) offramp and before the Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue interchange (Exit 129). Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
After Exit 129 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue), eastbound Interstate 44/Oklahoma 66 approaches Exit 130, Junction Interstate 35 south to Interstate 40 (right lane). The left two lanes will continue east on Interstate 44 by merging onto northbound Interstate 35. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Former Interstate 240 comes to its end at this interchange with Interstate 35. Today, the left two lanes connect to northbound Interstate 35 and the continuation of Interstate 44 east. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Perspective from Interstate 35 north
Now looking at the same interchange from northbound Interstate 35, the freeway meets N.E. 50th Street (Exit 132A). The next two exits are Exit 132B, N.E. 63rd Street and Exit 133, Junction Interstate 44/Oklahoma 66. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
After the onramp from N.E. 50th Street (Exit 132A), another mileage sign again advises of the next two exits: Exit 132B, N.E. 63rd Street and Exit 133, Junction Interstate 44/Oklahoma 66. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
Northbound Interstate 35 reaches Exit 132B, N.E. 63rd Street. Use the left lane to connect to Exit 133, Junction Interstate 44/Oklahoma 66 west. Eastbound Interstate 44/Oklahoma 66 merge onto northbound Interstate 35. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
The right two lanes continue northbound Interstate 35 and eastbound Interstate 44. The left lane exits onto westbound Interstate 44. This is where Interstate 240 (440) used to meet Interstate 35. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).
After the interchange, Interstate 35 and Interstate 44 are cosigned until they split again at Exit 138. Photo taken by AARoads (10/20/03).

Sources:

  1. Celebrate the Interstate: America's Interstate Highway System Turns 50! by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
  2. "Interstate Highway System Celebrates Silver Anniversary." The Daily Oklahoman, November 15, 1981.

Page Updated March 31, 2013.

 
Mileage

State Oklahoma
Mileage 16.22
Cities Oklahoma City
Junctions Interstate 44, Interstate 35, Interstate 40
Source: October 31, 2002 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
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