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U.S. 283

Highway Review:
U.S. 283 runs from Brady, TX to Lexington, NE. In Oklahoma, U.S. 283 has the distinction of being the farthest west north-south U.S. highway in the state (not including the panhandle). It enters the Sooner State 14 miles south of Altus and U.S. 62. Altus (pop. 21,447) is the largest town on U.S. 283's route in Oklahoma. OK 6 joins U.S. 283 in Altus at U.S. 62 and the highways are co-signed for about 20 miles. At some points, U.S. 283 is not signed, but OK 6 is! U.S. 283 turns off the mainline highway east of Mangum. The section of U.S. 283/OK 6 between here and Altus was recently reconstructed and was also widened from 2 lanes to 4 lanes. U.S. 283 heads due west for a few miles until it reaches OK 34 in Mangum, then the two highways head due north. Just north of Mangum OK 9 joins the two highways for a 4-mile stretch, then OK 9 heads east on its own as it heads towards Chickasha, Norman, Tecumseh, and Ft. Smith along its cross-state journey.

Nine miles north of the junction with OK 9 East, U.S. 283 heads northwest at OK 34 takes over heading due north. Seventeen miles later, U.S. 283 intersects Interstate 40 at its Exit 20. U.S. 283 is now heading through the town of Sayre, which is also the county seat of Beckham County. After departing Sayre, U.S. 283 heads through grasslands and sees another intersection with OK 6 seven miles north of Sayre. OK 33 and OK 47 join U.S. 283 for a few miles during its time inside the Black Kettle National Grassland. Towns are rare along this 63-mile stretch of U.S. 283 between Interstate 40 and U.S. 60/OK 51. At U.S. 60/OK 51 in Arnett, U.S. 283 heads west for seven miles before heading off on its own once again. OK 15 joins U.S. 283 in Shattuck, and they are together for 11.7 miles. Thirteen miles after OK 15 heads west on its own, U.S. 283 intersects U.S. 270/412/OK 3. The highway then heads through Laverne and heads west with U.S. 64 for four miles near Rosston. U.S. 283 then splits with U.S. 64, and 12 miles later, motorists enter the Sunflower State.

Highway Information:
Distance: 203.7 miles
Counties traveled through: Jackson, Greer, Beckham, Roger Mills, Ellis, Harper
Highway intersections: OK 5 (Mile 5.4), U.S. 62/OK 6 (Mile 14.4), OK 19 (Mile 24.5), OK 44 (Mile 29.6), OK 6 (Mile 32.4), OK 34 (Mile 40.0), OK 9 (Mile 42.0), OK 9 (Mile 45.9), OK 34 (Mile 54.1), Interstate 40/Business Loop I-40 (Mile 70.8), OK 152 (Mile 72.8), Business Loop I-40 (Mile 74.0), OK 6 (Mile 81.2), OK 47 (Mile 95.7), OK 33 (Mile 100.3), OK 47 (Mile 108.3), OK 33 (Mile 109.5), U.S. 60 (Mile 133.5), OK 46 (Mile 134.5), U.S. 60 (Mile 140.6), OK 15 (Mile 149.4), OK 15 (Mile 161.1), U.S. 270/412/OK 3 (Mile 174.2), OK 149 (Mile 180.3), U.S. 64 (Mile 187.5), U.S. 64 (Mile 191.6)
Highway duplexes: OK 6 (Miles 14.4-32.4, 18.0 miles), OK 34 (Miles 40.0-54.1, 14.1 miles), OK 9 (Miles 42.0-45.9, 3.9 miles), Business Loop I-40 (Miles 70.8-74.0, 3.2 miles), OK 47 (Miles 95.7-108.3, 12.6 miles), OK 33 (Miles 100.3-109.5, 9.2 miles), U.S. 60 (Miles 133.5-140.6, 7.1 miles), OK 15 (Miles 149.4-161.1, 11.7 miles), U.S. 64 (Miles 187.5-191.6, 4.1 miles)

PICTURES

U.S. 283 South at OK 5 East. (Photo
taken 5/12/04)
U.S. 283 North assurance shield just north
of OK 5. south of Altus. (Photo taken
10/11/02)
U.S. 283 North at U.S. 62 in Altus. OK 6,
unsigned here, joins U.S. 283 North at this
intersection. OK 6 heads west from this
stoplight. (Photo taken 10/11/02)
U.S. 283/OK 6 South at U.S. 62 in Altus.
(Photo taken 10/11/02)

U.S. 283/OK 6 South at OK 19 East in
Blair. This is the western terminus of OK 19.
(Top photo taken 10/11/02, bottom
photo taken 5/12/04)
U.S. 283/OK 6 South assurance shields
just south of the northern end of the duplex.
(Photo taken 10/11/02)

U.S. 283/OK 6 North at OK 44 North.
This intersection was OK 44's southern
terminus for a little while. However, I saw
a different story when I returned in May
2004. U.S. 283 split from OK 6 here, while
OK 44 began a few miles to the north. (Top
photo taken 10/11/02, bottom photo taken
5/12/04)
U.S. 283/OK 6 North approaching what
was then OK 44 North, but is now U.S.
283 North. (Photo taken 10/11/02)
U.S. 283 South at OK 6 just north of
Blair.
(Photo taken 5/12/04)
U.S. 283 North at OK 44 North. (Photo
taken 5/12/04)
U.S. 283 South at OK 44 North. (Photo
taken 5/12/04)
U.S. 283 North at OK 6. (Photo taken
5/12/04)
U.S. 283 South at OK 6 east of Mangum.
At the time this photo was taken, U.S.
283 began its duplex with OK 6 here,
seven miles north of Blair. The duplex now
begins about one mile north of Blair.
(Photo taken 10/11/02)
U.S. 283 South assurance shield just east
of the OK 34 South junction in Mangum.
(Photo taken 10/11/02)
U.S. 283/OK 34 South at their southern
split in Mangum. (Photo taken 10/11/02)
U.S. 283/OK 34 South shields just south of
the OK 9 West junction. (Photo taken
10/11/02)
U.S. 283/OK 34 South/OK 9 West at OK 9
West junction just north of Mangum. (Photo
taken 10/11/02)
U.S. 283/OK 34 North/OK 9 East shields
just north of the OK 9 West junction pictured
above. (Photo taken 10/11/02)
U.S. 283 South at Bus. Loop I-40 in Sayre.
The business loop, part of historic U.S. 66,
is duplexed with U.S. 283 for three miles.
(Photo taken 11/26/02)
Business Loop I-40 West/U.S. 283 South
assurance shields just south of the
intersection seen above. The teepee shield
is also seen on U.S. 283 throughout the
highway north of Interstate 40. (Photo taken
11/26/02)
U.S. 283 South approaching U.S. 152 in
Sayre. Hey, that's what the sign says! The
highway ahead is actually OK 152. This
is one of at least eight cases in western
Oklahoma where U.S. 152 is signed instead
of OK 152. (Photo taken 11/26/02)
U.S. 283 South/Bus. Loop I-40 West at OK
152 in Sayre. This time, they got it right!
(Photo taken 11/26/02)
U.S. 283 South/OK 47 West at OK 47
West in Cheyenne. This is the southern
end of this 13-mile duplex.
(Photo taken
5/6/04)
U.S. 283 North approaching U.S. 60 and
OK 51 near Arnett. U.S. 60 is erroneously
signed as OK 60 here.
(Photo taken 5/6/04)
U.S. 283 North at U.S. 60/OK 51. (Photo
taken 5/6/04)
U.S. 60/OK 51 West/U.S. 283 North at
OK 46 North in Arnett.
(Photo taken 5/6/04)
U.S. 60/OK 51 West/U.S. 283 North at
U.S. 283 North.
(Photo taken 5/6/04)
U.S. 283 North at OK 15 East in
Shattuck. The U.S. 283/OK 15 duplex is
12 miles long.
(Photo taken 5/6/04)
U.S. 283 South/OK 15 East at OK 15 East.
(Photo taken 5/6/04)
U.S. 283 North/OK 15 West at OK 15 West.
(Photo taken 5/6/04)
U.S. 283 North at OK 149 East in
Laverne. OK 149 connects to OK 46 at its
other end.
(Photo taken 5/6/04)
U.S. 283 North at U.S. 64 East. (Photo
taken 5/6/04)
U.S. 283 North at U.S. 64. (Photo taken
5/6/04)
U.S. 64 West/U.S. 283 North at U.S. 283
North.
(Photo taken 5/6/04)