US 169 in Oklahoma
US 169 is a US Highway in the US state of Oklahoma. The road leads from Oklahoma’s second city, Tulsa, to South Coffeyville on the Kansas border. The road is also a major highway in Tulsa. The Oklahoma route is 75.1 miles or 121 kilometers long.
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The highway in Tulsa is called the Mingo Valley Freeway, and is a north-south connection in the east of the city. The highway begins at the Creek Turnpike in the southeast of the city, and runs north. There are 2×3 lanes available, and the highway runs through the eastern suburbs, which are still fairly new. One passes by the second major work site in Tulsa, a major industrial estate, which extends along SR-51 or Broken Arrow Expressway. One crosses this highway via a cloverleaf. The road network is located in a large grid pattern, containing small residential areas. After a few kilometers you cross the Interstate 44, which fromOklahoma City running toward St Louis. Shortly after this, one crosses Interstate 244, the Crosstown Expressway, which runs through downtown Tulsa. The US 169 also provides access to Tulsa airport here. One passes through Owasso, a northern suburb of Tulsa. After this, 2×2 lanes will be available.
The highway section ends at Collinsville, the road then has 2×2 lanes, with central reservation and emergency lanes, but without grade-separated intersections. You will pass by the Oologah Lake reservoir, one of the many man-made lakes in Oklahoma. The landscape here is quite flat. An important intersection is at Nowata, where it crosses US 60, which runs from Bartlesville toward Vinita. From here, US 169 runs straight to the Kansas border at South Coffeyville.
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US 169 was created in 1930, although the southern entry point in Tulsa was not created until 1966. Before that, US 169 had not yet passed through the state of Oklahoma.
US 169 is one of the older highways in the Tulsa region. Already in 1965 the first part opened in the north of Tulsa, through the suburb of Owasso. After that, construction also came to a standstill for a long time, only in 1982 the second part opened to traffic in eastern Tulsa, connecting I-44 with the Broken Arrow Expressway (SH 51). The section further south joins US 64, and was completed in two phases in 1988 and 1993.
Highway Route Through Tulsa
|I-44||106th Street||20 km||1965|
|51st Street||I-44||5 km||1982|
|71st Street||51st Street||3 km||1988|
|Creek Turnpike||71st Street||6 km||1993|
The highway through Tulsa has been gradually widened from the original 2×2 lanes to 2×3 lanes. The southern portion of the Creek Turnpike to the Broken Arrow Expressway (OK-51) was widened to 2×3 lanes in the second half of the 1990s, although the viaducts on this section already have 2×4 lane surfacing. In 2003, the highway was widened further to I-44 to 2×3 lanes. The short section between I-44 and I-244 was widened to 2×3 lanes in about 2005, here also the connection with 11th Street has been reconstructed. In 2011, the highway was widened to 2×3 lanes further from I-244 to 56th Street. In 2014-2015 the cloverleaf with 46th Street (OK-266) was transformed into a diamond connection. Between 2015 and 2017, US 169 was widened to 2×3 lanes further north to 76th Street in Owasso.
US 169 is Tulsa’s busiest highway, serving 108,600 vehicles between Creek Turnpike and SR-51. North of I-244, the intensity drops from 57,000 to 11,500 vehicles per day. Further north, the intensity drops to 5,000 vehicles per day, which remains stable until the Kansas border.
US 266 in Oklahoma
US 266 is a US Highway in the United States, located entirely in the state of Oklahoma. The road forms a short east-west route through the east of the state, from Henryetta to Warner. US 266 is 69 kilometers long.
US 266 runs from US 75 in Henryetta to US 64 in Warner. The entire route parallels Interstate 40 in Oklahoma. Around Checotah, one crosses US 69, which is a freeway. US 266 is a single-lane road that passes through the various cores.
US 266 was created in 1926 and then ran from Oklahoma City to Warner. It is a branch of US 66, which was scrapped in the 1980s. In 1930, the section between Oklahoma and Henryetta was already scrapped because US 62 already traveled this route. At creation, US 266 was completely unpaved and a dirt road. In 1933 the first section east of Henryetta was asphalted. The rest of the route was paved in the mid-1940s. US 266 lost its continuing importance when I-40 opened parallel to US 266 in two phases in 1965 and 1974.