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Interstate 40 Oklahoma
Eastbound - Oklahoma City to Arkansas State Line

Highway Information

Miles 331.03
Counties Traveled
Through
Beckham, Washita,
Custer, Caddo,
Canadian, Cleveland,
Oklahoma, Pottawatomie,
Seminole, Okfuskee,
Okmulgee, McIntosh,
Muskogee, Sequoyah
Cities

Elk City, Clinton,
Weatherford, El Reno,
Oklahoma City, Henryetta

Major Junctions Interstate 44
(Exits 147A-B)

Interstate 35
(Exits 151B & 153)

Interstate 235
(Exit 151C)

Interstate 240
(Exit 165)

OKRoads Coverage
Miles Driven
by OKRoads
(Percentage)
331 (100%)
Western End of
Interstate Driven
Texas State Line
Eastern End of
Interstate Driven
Arkansas State Line

Pictures

Eastbound:

Texas State Line to Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City to Arkansas State Line

Westbound:

Arkansas State Line to Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City to Texas State Line

Eastbound

Interstate 40, U.S. 270, and Oklahoma 3 East at Exit 169 - Peebly Road. Between Exit 166 (Choctaw Road) and the Oklahoma-Pottawatomie county line at mile marker 173, Interstate 40 is one-half mile north of S.E. 89th Street, which marks the Oklahoma-Cleveland county line. Officially, we are still in Oklahoma City at this point. (Photo taken 9/26/03)
Interstate 40, U.S. 270, and Oklahoma 3 East at Exit 172 - Harrah-Newalla Road. The road connects the two towns it is named for in far eastern Oklahoma County. (Photo taken 9/26/03)
Interstate 40, U.S. 270, and Oklahoma 3 East at Exit 176 - Oklahoma 102 North - McLoud Road. McLoud is three miles to the north. Oklahoma 102 shares an unsigned multiplex with Interstate 40, U.S. 270, and Oklahoma 3 for two miles. (Photo taken 9/26/03)
Interstate 40, U.S. 270, and Oklahoma 3 East, and Oklahoma 102 South at Exit 178 - Oklahoma 102 South - Dale/Bethel Acres. (Photo taken 9/26/03)
Exit 181 serves as the western end of the split of Oklahoma 3 into two separate branches, Oklahoma 3E and Oklahoma 3W. It also is the eastern end of the Interstate 40/U.S. 270 duplex that begins at Exit 115. Use U.S. 177 South to the Shawnee Expo Center. (Photo taken 7/5/05)

Interstate 40, U.S. 270, and Oklahoma 3 East at Exit 181 - U.S. 177/U.S. 270/Oklahoma 3W - Shawnee/Tecumseh. Both cities are located off of U.S. 177 South. Stillwater and Perkins are also used as control cities at this interchange, which features a flyover ramp from U.S. 177 North/U.S. 270 West/Oklahoma 3W West to Interstate 40 West. (Top photo taken 9/26/03, bottom photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 and Oklahoma 3E East at Exit 185 - Oklahoma 3E East - Shawnee/Kickapoo Street. The two branches of Oklahoma 3 reconvene in Ada. (Photo taken 9/26/03)
Interstate 40 East at unmarked Exit 186 - Oklahoma 18 - Shawnee/Meeker. An eight mile drive separates Interstate 40 from Meeker, located at the crossroads of Oklahoma 18 and U.S. 62. (Photo taken 9/26/03)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 192 - Oklahoma 9A South - Earlsboro. This is one of three Oklahoma 9A's in the state. The other two are located near Spiro in far east central Oklahoma and just south of Eufaula. The Oklahoma 9A here is the longest of the three, spanning 34 miles between Konawa and Interstate 40. (Photo taken 9/26/03)
Interstate 40 East approaching a rest area located near mile marker 197. The rest area is accessed via a loop ramp one mile ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching the rest area - Next Right. A loop ramp will merge onto the interstate ahead, which will become an exit only lane to the rest area. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 200 - U.S. 377/Oklahoma 99 - Prague/Seminole. U.S. 377 was extended northward from Madill to Stroud in 1991. U.S. 377 is duplexed with Oklahoma 99 for all of its length in the Sooner State. (Photo taken 9/26/03)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 212 - Oklahoma 56 - Wewoka/Cromwell. The seat of Seminole County, Wewoka is 16 miles south of Interstate 40 near the intersection of U.S. 270 and Oklahoma 56. (Photo taken 9/26/03)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 217 - Oklahoma 48 - Bristow/Holdenville - 1 mile. A 29 mile drive separates Interstate 40 from Bristow, located along Oklahoma 66. (Photo taken 7/5/05)

Interstate 40 East at Exit 217 - Oklahoma 48 - Bristow/Holdenville. Take Oklahoma 48 South for 23 miles to Holdenville, the seat of Hughes County. Holdenville and Wewoka are closer to each other than any other pair of county seats in the state, as just nine miles separate the two. (Top photo taken 9/26/03, bottom photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 221 - U.S. 62 West and Oklahoma 27. U.S. 62 is not signed from Interstate 40 eastbound, likely due to the fact that it closely parallels Interstate 40 between Oklahoma City and Okemah. Interstate 40 and U.S. 62 share a 19-mile duplex from Okemah to Henryetta. (Photo taken 9/26/03)
Mileage sign on Interstate 40 and U.S. 62 East just past Okemah. Henryetta is 18 miles ahead, while Fort Smith, Arkansas, is 108 miles away. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 62 East at Exit 227 - Clearview Road. The road is named for the small town two miles south of the interstate. (Photo taken 9/26/03)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 62 East approaching Exit 231 - U.S. 75 South - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 62 East at Exit 231 - U.S. 75 South - Weleetka. Between Interstate 40 and U.S. 69, a distance of 81 miles, U.S. 75 is a two-lane road, but for the remainder of its time in Oklahoma, it is a four-lane divided highway. (Photo taken 9/26/03)
Two exits serve the city of Henryetta. Exit 237 accesses the old routes of U.S. 62 and U.S. 75 through the city, while Exit 240B is the modern route of U.S. 62 and U.S. 75. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Blue signs much like these appear on approaches to cities along an interstate throughout Oklahoma. Henryetta is the hometown of former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 62 East and U.S. 75 North at Exit 237 - Business U.S. 62/Business U.S. 75/Business Loop I-40 - Henryetta. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 62 East and U.S. 75 North assurance shields just east of Exit 237. The federal highway triplex will end in three miles. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 62 East and U.S. 75 North approaching Exits 240A-B - U.S. 62 East/U.S. 75 North - 1 mile. A separate sign ahead lists the Indian Nation Turnpike, which heads south from the interstate to McAlester, Antlers, and Hugo. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 and U.S. 62 East and U.S. 75 North approaching Exit 240A - Indian Nation Turnpike - 3/4 mile. The turnpike is the longest in the state at a length of 104 miles. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use Exit 240B (U.S. 62 East/U.S. 75 North) to visit Oklahoma State University's Okmulgee campus. OSU-Okmulgee is known for being a technical school. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Okmulgee and Tulsa are located 13 and 47 miles from Interstate 40, respectively. Tulsa is the second largest city in the state with a population of 387,807. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Ground level BGS for Exit 240A - Indian Nation Turnpike southbound - McAlester. The 23rd largest city in the state is 40 miles south of Interstate 40. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Dallas is added as a control city for the sign bridge BGS. The Big D is 203 miles south via the Indian Nation Turnpike and U.S. 75. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
No ground-level BGS exits for Exit 240B to U.S. 62 East and U.S. 75 North, except for the gore point sign. The loop ramp has a posted advisory speed of 25 mph. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 40 East at mile marker 241. There isn't too much for the next 70 miles except for some beautiful eastern Oklahoma scenery. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at mile marker 243. After seeing endless plains for several hours, hills finally come into view as we begin to enter the foothills of the Ozarks. Many hills dot the scenery between Henryetta and Little Rock. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 247 - Tiger Mountain Road - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 247 - Tiger Mountain Road. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 40 East at mile marker 248. We are now within 20 miles of Checotah, located at the crossroads of Interstate 40 and U.S. 69. (Photo taken 7/5/05)

A small facility-less rest area is located near mile marker 251. (Photos taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 255 - Pierce Road - 1 mile. Lake Eufaula is just to the north of the interstate here. (Photo taken 7/5/05)

Interstate 40 East at Exit 255 - Pierce Road. The sign in the bottom photo is relatively new as it was replaced during a 2004 resurfacing project. (Top photo taken 9/26/03, bottom photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 259 - Oklahoma 150 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use Oklahoma 150 South to the Lake Eufaula State Park. Another attraction (at least for me) located via this exit is the Calvary Baptist Church of Eufaula, where I have had the opportunity to see a couple of good Southern gospel concerts. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 259 - Oklahoma 150 - Lake Eufaula Road. This is also a relatively new sign, as the road name changed from Fountainhead Road to Lake Eufaula Road in 2001. This coincided with a name change in the state park from Fountainhead to Lake Eufaula. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East as it crosses Lake Eufaula. Construction to resurface the highway shifted all traffic into the westbound lanes between mile markers 260 and 264. (Photo taken 7/5/05)

Interstate 40 East at Exit 262 - TO U.S. 266 - Lotawatah Road. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exits 264A-B - JCT U.S. 69 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 264A - U.S. 69 South - 1/2 mile. Eufaula is 12 miles from Interstate 40. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 264A - U.S. 69 South - Eufaula. U.S. 69 is four lanes throughout most of its journey in Oklahoma, with the exception of its northern section from Interstate 44 in Big Cabin to the Kansas state line. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 264B - U.S. 69 North - Muskogee. The city was made famous in the old country song by Merle Haggard, "Okie From Muskogee." (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 265 - Business U.S. 69 - Next Right. Checotah has a population of 3,481. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 265 - Business U.S. 69 - Checotah. Checotah is not to be confused with Chouteau, which is located near the intersection of U.S. 69 and U.S. 412. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Checotah has recently become famous because it is the hometown of American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, as seen here. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 40 East in east Checotah. The next three main cities are Warner, 12 miles, Sallisaw, 42 miles, and Fort Smith, 62 miles. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 270 - Texanna Road/Porum Landing - 1 mile. Texanna Road intersects U.S. 266 less than one mile north of the interstate. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 270 - Texanna Road/Porum Landing. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 278 - U.S. 266/Oklahoma 2 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Warner, population 1,430, is home to the main campus of Connors State College, a community college specializing in general education. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 278 - U.S. 266/Oklahoma 2 - Warner/Porum/Muskogee. Both highways end less than one mile to the north in Warner. Muskogee is 19 miles north via U.S. 64 west. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Webbers Falls is the next city along Interstate 40, located via Exit 287 (Oklahoma 100 North). (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A parking area is located near mile marker 280. The parking area was originally a weigh station before it was closed down. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching the parking area - Next Right. No services are available here, but there are services available at Webbers Falls. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at the parking area. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 284 - Ross Road - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 284 - Ross Road. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 286 - Muskogee Turnpike - 2 miles. The turnpike connects Tulsa, Muskogee, and Webbers Falls. The total toll to drive the 56 miles of the turnpike is $2.50 for a two-axle vehicle. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 286 - Muskogee Turnpike - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching the Muskogee Turnpike, one-half mile. The turnpike crosses the interstate along the overpass ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A sign listing the turnpike's regulations is posted prior to the turnpike entrance. The speed limit on the Muskogee Turnpike is 75 mph, except for its short toll-free stretch through Muskogee. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 286 - Muskogee Turnpike - Muskogee/Tulsa. The turnpike's namesake is a port city located 20 miles northwest of this trumpet interchange. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The next exit is just one-half mile ahead at Oklahoma 100. Use Oklahoma 100 North to the Greenleaf and Tenkiller state parks. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Also use Oklahoma 100 to Webbers Falls Lake, Lock & Dam 16, and the Powerhouse. Webbers Falls is located along the Arkansas River, where shipped goods pass by on a regular basis on their way to and from the Port of Catoosa near Tulsa. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The right lane becomes exit only to Exit 287 and Oklahoma 100 North. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 287 - Oklahoma 100 North - Webbers Falls/Gore. The cities are located on the Arkansas River on opposite sides of the waterway. Both cities are within five miles of the interstate. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 40 East at mile marker 287. Vian, home of 1,362 residents, is ten miles ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 291 - Oklahoma 10 North - 1 mile. Just around the bend ahead is the Arkansas River bridge that collapsed after a barge struck a bridge support in May 2003, killing 14 people. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at the Arkansas River bridge. The river is part of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigational System. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The next two interchanges, Exit 291 (Oklahoma 10 North) and Exit 297 (Oklahoma 82 North) both serve the Greenleaf and Tenkiller recreation areas, located near Tenkiller Lake. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use Oklahoma 10 North to the Cherokee Nation Information Center. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 291 - Oklahoma 10 North - Gore/Carlile Road. Oklahoma 10 is over 200 miles long. About half of the route through northeast Oklahoma runs east-west, then the highway goes north-south from near the northeast corner of the state. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 297 - Oklahoma 82 North - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Oklahoma 82 meets its southern terminus here, but continuing south on the road left behind leads to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 297 - Oklahoma 82 North - Vian/Tahlequah. The capital of the Cherokee Nation, over 14,000 people call Tahlequah home. The city is 35 miles north of Interstate 40. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Just over 30 miles remain of Interstate 40 in Oklahoma. Fort Smith, Arkansas, is 32 miles ahead. Interstate 40 does not pass directly through Fort Smith; motorists are advised to take Exit 325 (U.S. 64) to Fort Smith. Interstate 40 passes through Van Buren to the north of Fort Smith. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 303 - Dwight Mission Road - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Blue Ribbon Downs, the oldest racing facility in Oklahoma, is accessed via Dwight Mission Road northbound. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 303 - Dwight Mission Road. Blue Ribbon Downs can be seen on the north side of the interstate just past this diamond interchange. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Sallisaw, the seat of Sequoyah County, is home to nearly 8,000 residents. It is served by Interstate 40, U.S. 59, and U.S. 64. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Two exits serve the city of Sallisaw, Exit 308 (U.S. 59) and Exit 311 (U.S. 64). A resurfacing project narrowed the eastbound lanes to one lane. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 308 - U.S. 59/Business Loop I-40 - 1 mile. The business loop runs along U.S. 59 and U.S. 64 through Sallisaw, and meets back up with Interstate 40 at Exit 311. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Exit 308 can also be used to go to Blue Ribbon Downs. Just take U.S. 59 North to U.S. 64 West. With about 250 miles of shoreline, the Robert S. Kerr Lake, located just seven miles south of Sallisaw, has areas for fishing, swimming, boating, and hunting. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
U.S. 59 is also known as the Mountain Gateway as it leads to the scenic Winding Stair Mountains south of Poteau. The highway leads to three state parks, all located south of Interstate 40. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East finally reaches Exit 308 - U.S. 59 and Business Loop I-40 East. Poteau (pronounced po-dough) is 35 miles south of Sallisaw. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
After the U.S. 59 interchange, Little Rock begins to appear on mileage signs. The capital city of Arkansas is 177 miles ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 311 - U.S. 64 - 1 mile. The upcoming interchange also marks the eastern terminus of the Sallisaw business loop. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Brushy Lake State Park is located just north of Sallisaw near the intersection of U.S. 59 and Oklahoma 101. Sequoyah's Cabin is located on Oklahoma 101 three miles north and seven miles east of Sallisaw. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 311 - U.S. 64 - Sallisaw/Stilwell. Use U.S. 64 West to U.S. 59 North to Stilwell, the seat of Adair County 30 miles north of Sallisaw. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The final rest area on Interstate 40 eastbound in Oklahoma is one mile ahead. It is located near mile marker 317. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching the last Oklahoma rest area. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at the mile 317 rest area. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 321 - Oklahoma 64B North - 1 mile. Muldrow is the hometown of Miss America 1996 Shawntel Smith. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 321 - Oklahoma 64B North - Muldrow. The state highway connects Interstate 40, U.S. 64, and Oklahoma 101. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Mileage sign near mile marker 322. Fort Smith is now just nine miles away. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 325 - U.S. 64 - 1 mile. Take U.S. 64 east to downtown Fort Smith. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The Fort Smith National Historic Site includes the remains of two frontier forts and the Federal Court for Arkansas' Western District, according to the National Park Service's official website for the historic site. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Tractor-trailers wanting to continue south of Fort Smith along U.S. 71 are advised to continue on Interstate 40 East to Interstate 540 South to bypass downtown Fort Smith. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 325 - U.S. 64 - Roland/Fort Smith. Just one exit remains in Oklahoma. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Although most Fort Smith-bound traffic has likely left the interstate by this point, the city is still listed on the first mileage sign past U.S. 64. The city is now five miles away, but this figure is somewhat inaccurate, considering that from this point, one would have to take Oklahoma 64D South to U.S. 64 East to Fort Smith, and that adds a few miles to the journey. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 330 - Oklahoma 64D South - 1 mile. Dora is an Arkansas city right on the Oklahoma-Arkansas border. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 330 - Oklahoma 64D South - Dora/Fort Smith. The state of Arkansas is just around the bend and after 331 miles, we are now finished with the state of Oklahoma. (Photo taken 7/5/05)

Page created: September 23, 2005
Last updated: September 24, 2005