US 60 is a US Highway in the US state of Oklahoma. The road forms an east-west route through the north of the state, passing through the regional towns of Enid, Ponca City and Bartlesville. Big cities don’t hit the road. The road is 578 kilometers long.
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US 60 at Arnett.
At Higgins, Texas, US 60 crosses the Oklahoma border from the direction of Amarillo in Texas. The road has 1×2 lanes here and runs through a flat prairie area, the transition from the High Plains to the regular Plains. Just south of the road flows the important Canadian River. After a kilometer or 12, the connection with US 283 follows, the road to Dodge City in Kansas and is double-numbered for a kilometer or 12 with US 60. Just past the village of Arnett, US 283 turns south, towards Sayre and Vernon in Texas. US 60 then continues its quiet straight route east, passing through some hamlets. After about 80 kilometers you reach the village of Seiling, not large, but an important crossroads in the region, US 183 comes from Clinton in the south and runs double numbered with US 270 from Oklahoma City to Woodward and Guymon in the west. It also crosses US 281, the road from Lawton in the south to Alva in the north. The landscape is still fairly flat, with some shallow river valleys here and there. At Orienta, US 412 merges from Guymon and crosses the Cimarron River, which leads to Tulsa .flows. Both roads are then double-numbered for about 50 kilometers until the town of Enid, the road widens to 2×2 lanes just before the town. Enid is the first somewhat larger town on the route with 47,000 inhabitants.
US 60/64/81 at Pond Creek.
In Enid, US 60 turns north and joins US 64 from Perry. US 412 then runs double-numbered with US 64 to Tulsa. From the south, US 81 from El Reno also joins US 60/US 64. The three roads are then double-numbered until the village of Pond Creek, where US 64 turns west to Alva, and US 81 runs to Wichita, Kansas. The road then runs east along the Salt Fork of the Arkansas, a tributary of the great Arkansas River. At Tonkawa the connection with Interstate 35 follows, the highway ofOklahoma City to Wichita and Kansas City. Shortly thereafter, it connects with US 77, which runs parallel to I-35. Shortly afterwards you reach the town of Ponca City, which has 26,000 inhabitants and is one of the larger towns on the US 60 route. It crosses US 177, the road from Stillwater in the south to Arkansas City just over the border with Kansas. The road then runs right past Kaw Lake, a reservoir on the Arkansas River, one of the three largest rivers in the state. You then pass through a more sloping and clearly less developed area, which is the Osage Indian Reservation. This can also be seen in the route formation of the road, it no longer runs straight, but has bends.
Not far after that you reach the town of Bartlesville, which has 35,000 inhabitants, and the last larger town is on the US 60. It crosses the US 75 at grade separated, the road is a main road with 2×2 lanes from Tulsa to Topeka. After Bartlesville follow a straight line for 30 miles to Nowata where it crosses US 169, the road from Tulsa to Coffeyville in Kansas. You will then pass close to Oologah Lake, one of the many reservoirs in the region. One then reaches the large village of Vinita, where first US 69 from Muskogee merges, and where one then crosses the toll road Interstate 44, the highway from Tulsato Joplin and St. Louis. The road then parallels I-44 for a while to Afton, where US 69 turns north, double-numbered with US 59 from Sallisaw to the south. US 60 then crosses the Neosho River at Wyandotte, a river made up of many reservoirs and flowing toward the Arkansas River. Not long after, the road crosses the Missouri state border and continues on US 60 in Missouri toward Neosho and Springfield.
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US 60 was created in 1926, but was not extended by Oklahoma to Amarillo, Texas until 1931. The route has not been modified in Oklahoma since then. When it was created in 1931, the route was mainly unpaved. Paved sections were then found on the double-numbered section of US 81 between Enid and Pond Creek, between Tonkawa and Ponca City, and near Bartlesville. Circa 1934 the first section was paved at Fairview. By 1937, most of east of Bartlesville was paved, with some links missing. By 1945, the route between Fairview and Enid had been through-hardened, but it was not until the late 1940s that the situation improved when US 60 was through-paved from Seiling to Nowata, most of the route in north-central Oklahoma. In 1950, the first section at Arnett was paved and the missing link between Nowata and Vinita was built in the northeast of the state. In 1953 the entire US 60 was asphalted,
US 60 is a quiet road as it is not a major transportation corridor. 1,600 vehicles cross the Texas border daily, and intensities don’t exceed 2,000 for the 100 miles afterward. The double numbering with US 412 is somewhat busier, with 9,000 vehicles per day on the 2×2 section. Up to 21,000 vehicles drive in Enid. Further north and later east, the road is very quiet again with 980 vehicles per day. Between I-35 and Ponca City, there are 7,700 vehicles per day, dropping to about 2,000 vehicles towards Bartlesville. Also east of Bartlesville the road remains quiet until Vinita, where the double numbering with US 69 ensures 7,200 vehicles per day. Some 3,500 vehicles cross the Missouri border every day over.