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BAYOUS & BLUES ROADTRIP
Interstate 40 Oklahoma

Almost spanning the United States from coast-to-coast, Interstate 40 begins in Barstow, California and makes its way through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina on its over 2500-mile long journey. On the final day of the Bayous & Blues Roadtrip, I drove Interstate 40 from West Memphis, Arkansas, to Interstate 240 in southeast Oklahoma City.

Arkansas State Line to Interstate 240
Pictures taken December 19, 2002

Oklahoma state line signage just past the state line. I was unable to get a picture of the actual "Welcome to Oklahoma" sign so this was as close as I got.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 325 - U.S. 64 - Roland/
Muldrow.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 321 - OK 64B North -Muldrow.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 311 - U.S. 64/West Business Loop I-40 - Sallisaw/Stillwell.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 308 - U.S. 59 - Sallisaw/
Poteau.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 303 - Dwight Mission Rd.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 297 - OK 82 North -Vian/
Tahlequah.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 291 - OK 10 North - Gore/
Carille Rd.
Interstate 40 West as it prepares to cross the Arkansas River. This bridge collapsed May 26, 2002, after a barge traveling upstream hit a bridge support, causing a 500-foot section of the bridge to collapse into the river and sending 14 people to their untimely
death. The collapse caused interstate traffic to be rerouted on 2-lane roads for 2 1/2 months while the bridge was being rebuilt. The bridge reopened to traffic in August 2002.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 287 - OK 100 North -Webbers Falls.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 286 - Muskogee Turnpike -Muskogee/Tulsa.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 284 - Ross Rd.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 278 - U.S. 266/OK 2 -Warner/Porum/Muskogee.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 270 - Texanna Rd./Porum Landing.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 265 - U.S. 69 Business -Checotah.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 264B - U.S. 69 North -Muskogee.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 264A - U.S. 69 South -Eufaula/McAlester/Dallas. Notice that
there is no exit arrow.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 262 - TO U.S. 266 - Lotawatah Rd.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 259 - OK 150 - Lake Eufaula Rd.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 255 - Pierce Rd.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 247 - Tiger Mt. Rd.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 240B - U.S. 62 East/U.S. 75 North/Business Loop I-40 West - Henryetta/
Okmulgee. The Indian Nation Turnpike exit is next, but this is the last advance warning of the exit, as there is no sign at the exit.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 237 - U.S. 62/U.S. 75 Business - Henryetta.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 231 - U.S. 75 South -Weleetka/Wetumka.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 227 - Clearview Rd.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 221 - U.S. 62/OK 27 -Okemah/Wetumka.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 217 - OK 48 - Bristow/
Holdenville.
Mileage sign on Interstate 40 West just past Exit 217. Interstate 240 is just 52 miles away!
Interstate 40 West at Exit 212 - OK 56 - Wewoka/
Cromwell.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 200 - OK 99 -  Prague/
Seminole. U.S. 377 is also accessed from this exit and is mentioned on advance signage, but the exit sign makes no mention of it. The overpass was in the process of being widened to four lanes at this time.
That project has since been completed.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 192 - OK 9A - Earlsboro.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 186 - OK 18 - Shawnee/
Meeker.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 185 - OK 3E -Shawnee/
Kickapoo St.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 181 - U.S. 177/270/OK
3W - Shawnee/Tecumseh.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 178 - OK 102 South - Dale/
Bethel Acres. The sign font for this sign is terrible, but thankfully, it was replaced in 2003.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 176 - OK 102 North -McLoud Rd.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 172 - Harrah-Newalla Rd.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 169 - Peebly Rd.
OK 3 West - Follow I-240 West signage east of Exit 166-Choctaw Rd. Interstate 240 is about 1 1/2 miles away from this sign.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 166 - Choctaw Rd. Interstate 240 is now one mile away.
Yet another sign telling OK 3 travelers to use Interstate 240 West. OK 3 is Oklahoma's longest state highway, spanning over 600 miles from the panhandle to Idabel in southeast Oklahoma.
Interstate 40 West at Exit 165 - Interstate 240 West -Lawton/Dallas. Just about 15 miles left to go before I'm home!