Interstate 444 Oklahoma
Interstate 444 forms the eastern and southern leg of the Inner Dispersal Loop (IDL) in central Tulsa. The urban loop is unsigned as it shares alignments with U.S. 75 throughout and U.S. 64 & Oklahoma 51 on the east-west portion. Despite the unsigned status, the route may appear on some maps or GPS units.
$7.2 million in construction rehabilitates four bridges at the southeast corner of the IDL, where the Broken Arrow Expressway ties in from the southeast. Work started in January 2017 and runs through early 2018.4
Interstate 444 opened in three segments. The initial legs of the IDL opened in the early 1970s as spurs from Interstate 244. The southern section opened east from I-244 to 13th Street while the northern section ran south from I-244 to 7th Street.1 Several years transpired before the remainder of I-444, the southeast corner of the IDL, was completed. This took place in November 1981, with the Broken Arrow Expressway (SH 51) extending west to the IDL in March 1982.2
Exit numbers along both Interstates 244 and 444 were originally based upon the I-44 mileage from the west end of the Turner Turnpike at Oklahoma City. Exit numbering along I-244 ranged upward from 89, while interchanges on the southern leg of I-444 were assigned Exits 94A-D and those on the east leg designated Exits 96A-C.1 Exit numbers along the IDL were removed when ODOT made I-444 an unsigned route.3
North End – Tulsa, OK
South End – Tulsa, OK
Mileage – 2.51
Cities – Tulsa
- Junctions –
Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
The initial stretches of the IDL were constructed at the same time Interstate 244 was around the north and west sides of Downtown Tulsa.
Interstate 444 (IDL) opened as spurs from I-244 & U.S. 75 east to 10th Street and from I-244 south to 7th and 8th Streets.
Interstate 444 shielding was removed by 1995 per ODOT in an effort to ease motorist confusion between I-444 and signs for I-44 and I-244.3 Photos taken through Tulsa by long time site contributor Cary Todd in 1994 showed no signs of Interstate 444 however. The overlaps with U.S. 64, 75 and SH 51 likely played a significant role in the removal of I-444 as well. This was not without precedent, as MDOT removed signs along I-296 in Grand Rapids, Michigan because of confusion involving the concurrency with U.S. 131.
North End – northeast of Downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma
South End – southwest of Downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Side Trips 3: Wherefore Art Thou 94D
http://www.tulok.net/s3.html. Roadkahoma (Martin McMahon) – former web site.
- “Phone Company Wires Crossed on 1-900 Billing.” Tulsa World (OK), July 18, 1990.
- “Despite lack of signage, I-444 exists in Tulsa.” The Oklahoman, November 23, 2009.
- “From east to west, downtown and midtown, major projects affecting Tulsa traffic.” Tulsa World (OK), July 20, 2017.
Page updated August 22, 2017.