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U.S. 270

Highway Review:
U.S. 270 begins just north of the Oklahoma state line in Liberal, Kansas, and ends near Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Most of the highway is located within Oklahoma's borders, starting in the eastern part of the panhandle and going all the way to southeast Oklahoma, where it then enters Arkansas just north of the Talimena Scenic Drive (OK 1).

A lot of U.S. 270 is duplexed, especially in northwest Oklahoma. From its western beginning in Liberal to U.S. 281/OK 8 in Calumet, U.S. 270 is multiplexed with at least one other highway. It is not until its 205th mile in Oklahoma that it is on its own, and even that only lasts for 17 miles to Interstate 40. U.S. 270 then duplexes with the interstate from Exit 115 to Exit 181, which includes the entire Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

U.S. 270 leaves Interstate 40 behind at Exit 181, but then merges onto U.S. 177 and OK 3W. In Tecumseh, the highway then leaves U.S. 177/OK 3W but duplexes with OK 9 for the next 13 miles. After a short duplex with OK 3E in southwest Seminole, U.S. 270 runs on its own for 27 miles before an 8.5-mile duplex with U.S. 75 and then a 45.5-mile duplex with OK 1. Near Hartshorne, U.S. 270 runs solo again, this time for 15 miles, before a short duplex with OK 2. There is then a short duplex with OK 82, then U.S. 270 runs solo for 14 miles before a 6-mile duplex with U.S. 271. After leaving U.S. 271 behind, the highway runs solo for 11 miles, then duplexes with U.S. 59 for its remaining 23 miles in Oklahoma.

So if you skipped all of that (just duplex after duplex and so on) and are now reading here, I'll provide a quick summary of U.S. 270 in Oklahoma. It is 477 miles long, and only 97.8 miles of that are not multiplexed with another highway or highways. Its longest duplex is with OK 3, which is duplexed with U.S. 270 from the panhandle to Watonga, a distance of 141 miles!

Highway Information:
Distance: 477.4 miles
Counties traveled through: Beaver, Harper, Ellis, Woodward, Major, Dewey, Blaine, Canadian, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie, Seminole, Hughes, Pittsburg, Latimer, Le Flore
Highway intersections: U.S. 64/U.S. 83 (Mile 6.8), U.S. 64/OK 23 (Mile 26.7), U.S. 412/OK 3/OK 23 (Mile 47.0), U.S. 283 (Mile 82.1), OK 46 (Mile 90.3), U.S. 183 (Mile 99.8), OK 15 (Mile 113.7), U.S. 412/OK 34 (Mile 115.7), OK 34 (Mile 119.5), OK 50 (Mile 128.6), U.S. 183 (Mile 147.0), U.S. 60/U.S. 281 (Mile 149.1), U.S. 60/OK 51 (Mile 149.7), OK 51 (Mile 158.2), OK 33/OK 58 (Mile 178.0), OK 3/OK 8 (Mile 187.6), U.S. 281/OK 8 (Mile 204.5), Interstate 40 (Mile 221.1), Business Loop I-40 (Mile 224.8), U.S. 81/Business Loop I-40 (Mile 231.3), OK 92 (Mile 241.6), OK 4 (Mile 244.0), Kilpatrick Turnpike (Mile 245.0), Interstate 44/OK 3 (Mile 252.5), Interstate 35/Interstate 235/U.S. 62/U.S. 77 (Mile 257.1), Interstate 35/U.S. 62 (Mile 258.2), Interstate 240/OK 3 (Mile 270.5), OK 102 (Mile 281.6), OK 102 (Mile 283.7), Interstate 40/U.S. 177/OK 3/OK 3E/OK 3W (Mile 286.7), Business U.S. 270 (Mile 291.2), OK 18/Business U.S. 270 (Mile 292.7), Business U.S. 177 (Mile 296.1), U.S. 177/OK 3W/OK 9 (Mile 297.0), OK 9A (Mile 302.9), OK 9A (Mile 304.1), OK 3E/OK 9 (Mile 310.1), U.S. 377/OK 3E/OK 99 (Mile 312.5), Business U.S. 270 (Mile 321.3), OK 59 (Mile 322.9), OK 56/Business U.S. 270 (Mile 325.2), OK 48 (Mile 330.7), Business U.S. 270 (Mile 333.0), U.S. 75 (Mile 339.9), U.S. 75/OK 1 (Mile 348.4), OK 31A (Mile 358.1), Indian Nation Turnpike (Mile 373.7), OK 31 (Mile 378.0), Business U.S. 69 (Mile 378.1), U.S. 69 (Mile 379.8), OK 31 (Mile 380.5), OK 63 (Mile 391.2), OK 1/OK 63 (Mile 393.9), OK 2 (Mile 408.8), OK 2 (Mile 409.3), OK 82 (Mile 423.3), OK 82 (Mile 423.4), U.S. 271 (Mile 437.1), U.S. 271 (Mile 442.7), U.S. 59 (Mile 454.0), U.S. 259 (Mile 468.9)
Highway duplexes: U.S. 83 (Miles 0.0-6.8, 6.8 miles), U.S. 64 (Miles 6.8-26.7, 19.9 miles), OK 23 (Miles 26.7-47.0, 20.3 miles), OK 3 (Miles 47.0-187.6, 140.6 miles), U.S. 183 (Miles 99.8-147.0, 47.2 miles), OK 34 (Miles 115.7-119.5, 3.8 miles), U.S. 60 (Miles 149.1-149.7, 0.6 mile), U.S. 281 (Miles 149.1-204.5, 55.4 miles), OK 51 (Miles 149.7-158.2, 8.5 miles), OK 8 (Miles 187.6-204.5, 16.9 miles), Interstate 40 (Miles 221.1-286.7, 65.6 miles), Interstate 35/U.S. 62 (Miles 257.1-258.2, 1.1 miles), OK 3 (Miles 270.5-286.7, 16.2 miles), OK 102 (Miles 281.6-283.7, 2.1 miles), U.S. 177/OK 3W (Miles 286.7-297.0, 10.3 miles), OK 9 (Miles 297.0-310.1, 13.1 miles), OK 9A (Miles 302.9-304.1, 1.2 miles), OK 3E (Miles 310.1-312.5, 2.4 miles), U.S. 75 (Miles 339.9-348.4, 8.5 miles), OK 1 (Miles 348.4-393.9, 45.5 miles), OK 31 (Miles 378.0-380.5, 2.5 miles), OK 63 (Miles 391.2-393.9, 2.7 miles), OK 2 (Miles 408.8-409.3, 0.5 mile), OK 82 (Miles 423.3-423.4, 0.1 mile), U.S. 271 (Miles 437.1-442.7, 5.6 miles), U.S. 59 (Miles 454.0-477.4, 23.4 miles)

PICTURES

U.S. 83 North/U.S. 270 West at U.S.
54 in Liberal, Kansas. This stoplight
marks the western end of U.S. 270.
(Photo taken 5/7/04)
U.S. 83 South/U.S. 270 East
assurance shields just south of U.S.
54. The highways will enter Oklahoma
in three miles. (Photo taken 5/7/04)
U.S. 270 East/OK 23 South at U.S.
412/OK 3. U.S. 270 heads east at
this intersection. (Photo taken 5/6/04)
U.S. 270/U.S. 412/OK 3 East at U.S.
283. (Photo taken 5/7/04)
U.S. 270/U.S. 412/OK 3 East at OK
46. (Photo taken 5/7/04)
U.S. 270/U.S. 412/OK 3 East at U.S.
183 North near Fort Supply. (Photo
taken 5/7/04)
U.S. 183 South/U.S. 270/U.S. 412/
OK 3 East at OK 15 West in
Woodward. (Photo taken 5/6/04)
U.S. 183 South/U.S. 270/U.S. 412/
OK 3 East at OK 34 in Woodward.
(Photo taken 5/6/04)
U.S. 183/OK 34 South/U.S. 270/OK
3 East at OK 34 South. (Photo taken
5/7/04)
U.S. 183 South/U.S. 270/OK 3 East
at OK 50 North. (Photo taken 5/6/04)
U.S. 183 South/U.S. 270/OK 3 East
at U.S. 183 South near Seiling. (Photo
taken 5/7/04)
U.S. 270/OK 3 East as the highways
enter the town of Seiling, hometown of
Gary England, a well-known
meteorologist in Oklahoma City.
(Photo taken 5/7/04)
U.S. 270/OK 3 East at U.S. 60 East/
U.S. 281 North in Seiling. (Photo
taken 5/7/04)
U.S. 270/OK 3 East/U.S. 281 South/
U.S. 60 West at U.S. 60/OK 51 West/
TO U.S. 183 in Seiling. (Photo taken
5/7/04)
U.S. 270/OK 3/OK 51 East/U.S. 281
South at OK 51 East. (Photo taken
5/7/04)
U.S. 270/OK 3 East/U.S. 281 South at
OK 33 West/OK 58 North. (Photo
taken 5/7/04)
U.S. 270/OK 3/OK 33 East/U.S. 281
South at OK 8 in Watonga. OK 3 and
OK 33 continue straight ahead while
U.S. 270 and U.S. 281 head to the
south. (Photo taken 5/7/04)
U.S. 270 East/U.S. 281/OK 8 South at
U.S. 270 East in Geary. (Photo
taken 5/7/04)
U.S. 270 East assurance shield in
Geary. For the first time in its over
200 miles, U.S. 270 runs solo. (Photo
taken 5/7/04)
U.S. 270 East at Interstate 40 West.
(Photo taken 5/7/04)
U.S. 270 East at Interstate 40/U.S.
270 East. After 17 miles of running
solo, U.S. 270 once again becomes
part of a multiplex. (Photo taken
5/7/04)
Interstate 40/U.S. 270 West at Exit 115 -
U.S. 270 West - Calumet. This is the
west end of the 66-mile duplex. (Photo
taken 6/23/03)
This sign on Interstate 40/U.S. 270 East
just east of Exit 115 informs motorists
who want to stay on U.S. 270 to follow
Interstate 40 for the next 66 miles.
(Photo taken 5/7/04)
Interstate 40/U.S. 270/OK 3 East at Exit
181 - U.S. 177/U.S. 270/OK 3W -
Shawnee/Tecumseh. (Photo taken
9/26/03)
U.S. 177 South/U.S. 270/OK 3W East
at Business U.S. 270 - Kickapoo
Spur. (Photo taken 7/16/03)
U.S. 177 North/U.S. 270/OK 3W West
at Business U.S. 270 - Kickapoo Spur.
(Photo taken 7/16/03)
U.S. 177 South/U.S. 270/OK 3W East
at Business U.S. 270/OK 18 North -
Farrall Ave. (Photo taken 7/16/03)
U.S. 177 South/U.S. 270/OK 3W East
at Tecumseh. This exit leads to
Business U.S. 177. (Photo taken
7/16/03)
U.S. 177 South/U.S. 270/OK 3W East
approaching U.S. 270/OK 9 East.
(Photo taken 7/16/03)

U.S. 177 South/U.S. 270/OK 3W East
at U.S. 270 East. U.S. 270 ends its
multiplex with U.S. 177 and OK 3W
here, but is then duplexed with OK 9
for 13 miles. These shields have since
been replaced, as seen in the bottom
photo.  (Top photo taken 7/16/03,
bottom photo taken 5/31/04)
U.S. 270/OK 9 East assurance shields
just east of U.S. 177/OK 3W.
Technically, this is not U.S. 270 yet, as
that highway merges from the left
just ahead. (Photo taken 11/26/04)
U.S. 270/OK 9 East at TO U.S. 177
North/TO U.S. 270 West. There is no
direct access from OK 9 East to
U.S. 177 North/U.S. 270/OK 3W West.
(Photo taken 11/26/04)
U.S. 270/OK 9 East at OK 9A South.
(Photo taken 11/26/04)
U.S. 270/OK 9 East/OK 9A North at
OK 9A North near Earlsboro. (Photo
taken 11/26/04)
U.S. 270/OK 9 East at OK 3E in west
Seminole. The most common sign goof
in the state is present here again, as
U.S. 270 is signed as OK 270. (Photo
taken 11/26/04)
U.S. 270 West at U.S. 377/OK 3E/
OK 99 in Seminole. The official
state map has this as an interchange,
but it obviously is not. (Photo taken
6/23/04)
U.S. 270 West at U.S. 270A North in
Seminole. (Photo taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 270 West at TO OK 59 near
Wewoka. A short road connects U.S.
270 to the state highway. (Photo taken
6/23/04)
U.S. 270 East at Business U.S. 270/
OK 56 near Wewoka. (Photo taken
5/31/04)
U.S. 270 West at Business U.S. 270/
OK 56. (Photo taken 6/23/04)

U.S. 270 East at OK 48 near
Holdenville. (Photo taken 5/31/04)
U.S. 270 East at Business U.S. 270
West near Holdenville. (Photo taken
5/31/04)
U.S. 270 East at U.S. 75. U.S. 270
and U.S. 75 duplex for 8.5 miles.
(Photo taken 5/31/04)
U.S. 75 South/U.S. 270 East at U.S.
270 East/OK 1 in Calvin. A partial
cloverleaf interchange facilitates
movements between the highways.
(Photo taken 5/31/04)
U.S. 270 East at OK 1 inside the
interchange at U.S. 75. The Canadian
River is just behind the trees. (Photo
taken 5/31/04)
U.S. 270/OK 1 East at U.S. 75
North/U.S. 270 West. (Photo taken
5/31/04)
U.S. 270/OK 1 West at U.S. 75 North/
U.S. 270 West. (Photo taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 270/OK 1 East at OK 31A South.
OK 31A connects to OK 31 at its
other end. (Photo taken 5/31/04)
U.S. 270/OK 1 West at OK 31A South.
(Photo taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 270/OK 1 West at Indian Nation
Turnpike South. (Photo taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 270/OK 1 West at Indian Nation
Turnpike North. (Photo taken 5/31/04)
U.S. 270/OK 1/OK 31 West at OK 31
West in McAlester. (Photo taken
5/31/04)
U.S. 270/OK 1/OK 31 West at
Business U.S. 69 in McAlester.
(Photo taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 270/OK 1/OK 31 West at U.S.
69 South - Atoka/Durant. (Photo
taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 270/OK 1/OK 31 West at U.S.
69 North - Muskogee. (Photo taken
6/23/04)
U.S. 270/OK 1 West at TO OK 31 East
in Krebs. There is no direct connection
between U.S. 270 West and OK 31
East. (Photo taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 270/OK 1/OK 63 West at OK
63 West in Haileyville. (Photo taken
6/23/04)
U.S. 270 West at OK 1/OK 63 in
Hartshorne. (Photo taken 6/23/04)

U.S. 270 West/OK 2 South at OK 2
South. (Top photo taken 5/25/04,
bottom photo taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 270 East/OK 2 North at OK 2
North in Wilburton. (Photo taken
5/25/04)
U.S. 270 West at OK 2 North in
Wilburton. (Photo taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 270 West/OK 82 South at OK 82
South. (Photo taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 270 West at OK 82 North. (Photo
taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 270 West/U.S. 271 South at
U.S. 271 South. (Photo taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 270 West/U.S. 271 South
assurance shields in Wister. (Photo
taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 59 North/U.S. 270 West at U.S.
270 West in Heavener. The direction
tabs have been switched on this
particular sign assembly. (Photo taken
6/23/04)
U.S. 59 North/U.S. 270 West at OK
128 East in Heavener. Notice that OK
270 is signed here instead of U.S.
270. This is a common mistake on
U.S. 270 throughout the state. (Photo
taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 59 North/U.S. 270 West at U.S.
259 South. (Photo taken 6/23/04)