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U.S. 266

Highway Review:
U.S. 266 is one of the shortest U.S. highways in the country. At a length of just 43 miles, it is shorter than many state highways! U.S. 266 once went as far west as Oklahoma City along present-day U.S. 62, where U.S. 266 then met its parent route, old U.S. 66. But now that U.S. 66 has been decommissioned for almost 20 years, I think that U.S. 266 should become a state highway. (However, it can not become OK 266, because that highway already exists in the northeast Tulsa metropolitan area, but Oklahoma already has several numbers that are used twice, so they would probably make this OK 266 (South)!)

U.S. 266 begins at U.S. 62/U.S. 75 in Henryetta. The highway parallels Interstate 40 for its entire length. U.S. 266 then intersects the northern OK 52 and OK 72 at both of those routes' southern termini. After that, U.S. 266 intersects U.S. 69 and heads through Checotah. U.S. 266 then heads underneath Interstate 40 and runs along the south side of the interstate for a few miles before intersecting OK 2. U.S. 266 then turns to the north on OK 2 and duplexes with that highway through the Interstate 40 interchange (Exit 278), and then both U.S. 266 and OK 2 end at U.S. 64 on the west side of Warner.

Highway Information:
Distance: 43.4 miles
Counties traveled through: Okmulgee, McIntosh, Muskogee
Highway intersections: U.S. 62/U.S. 75 (Mile 0.0), OK 52 (Mile 7.4), OK 72 (Mile 19.9), U.S. 69 (Mile 26.5), Business U.S. 69 (Mile 27.4), OK 2 (Mile 40.5), Interstate 40 (Mile 41.6), U.S. 64 (Mile 43.4)
Highway duplexes: OK 2 (Miles 40.5-43.4, 2.9 miles)

PICTURES

U.S. 266 West comes to an end at U.S. 62
and U.S. 75 in east Henryetta. Interstate 40
is less than a mile south of this intersection.
There is no "END" signage present.
(Photo taken 9/30/04)
U.S. 266 East assurance shield just east
of U.S. 62/U.S. 75. OK 52 is eight miles
ahead. (Photo taken 10/31/03)
U.S. 266 West as it prepares to cross
the Deep Fork River. A new alignment
of U.S. 266 is being built just to the north,
so this bridge will be a thing of the past
soon. (Photo taken 9/30/04)
U.S. 266 East at OK 52 North. The
northern OK 52 connects to OK 16 at its
other end. (Photo taken 10/31/03)
U.S. 266 West at OK 52 North. An
error U.S. 52 shield is in place here.
(Photo taken 9/30/04)
U.S. 266 East approaching OK 72. A
U.S. 72 shield is seen instead, and this is
not the only one at this intersection. There
are at least three others! (Photo taken
10/31/03)
U.S. 266 East at OK 72. At least this sign
assembly has a correct OK 72 shield.
OK 72 actually begins a little bit to the
east of this sign; a short road connects
U.S. 266 East to OK 72. (Photo taken
10/31/03)
At the end of the connector road between
U.S. 266 East and OK 72, another U.S.
72 shield stands. (Photo taken 10/31/03)
U.S. 266 West approaching OK 72.
Again, a U.S. 72 shield is in place. (Photo
taken 9/30/04)
U.S. 266 West at OK 72 North. And, yet
again, the shield is incorrect. (Photo
taken 9/30/04)
U.S. 266 West at U.S. 69 South -
McAlester. (Photo taken 9/30/04)
U.S. 266 West at U.S. 69 North.
(Photo taken 9/30/04)
U.S. 266 West at unmarked Business
U.S. 69 in Checotah. The highway is
signed from other perspectives, but no
mention of the highway is made from
this one. (Photo taken 9/30/04)

U.S. 266 West/OK 2 South at U.S. 266
West. (Top photo taken 10/31/03, bottom
photo taken 9/30/04)

U.S. 266 West/OK 2 South at Interstate
40 East. (Top photo taken 10/31/03,
bottom photo taken 9/30/04)

U.S. 266 West/OK 2 South at Interstate
40 West. (Top photo taken 10/31/03,
bottom photo taken 9/30/04)
"END U.S. 266" and "END OK 2"
signage at U.S. 64 as both highways
come to an end. U.S. 64 West is straight
ahead, and U.S. 64 East is to the right.
(Photo taken 10/31/03)
OK 2 South/U.S. 266 West assurance
shields just south of U.S. 64. Interstate
40 is about two miles ahead. (Photo
taken 10/31/03)