According to CITYPOPULATIONREVIEW.COM, US 77 is a US Highway in the US state of Oklahoma. The road parallels Interstate 35, and is also double-numbered with that highway around Oklahoma City. The entire route is 268 miles or 431 kilometers long.
US 77 at Ardmore.
US 77 begins at I-35, right after the Texas border crossing. The road parallels I-35. The first larger town on the route is Ardmore, through which US 77 forms a main thoroughfare, Commerce Street. One passes through the Arbuckle Mountains, a hilly landscape. On the road are the Turner Falls, a large waterfall. You then pass through Pauls Valley, a regional town, and a major intersection on the route with SR-19 towards Chickasha and Ada. The road is a typical Midwestern US Highway, with long straights, and few trees along the route. At Purcell, the Canadian River will temporarily run parallel to the road. US 77 runs on the east bank, I-35 on the west bank. You then arrive at the first large city, namely Norman with 103,000 inhabitants. The US 77 is part of the street network here.Interstate 35 towards Oklahoma City.
On the north side of downtown Oklahoma City, Interstate 235 becomes US 77 at its interchange with Interstate 44. This section is a freeway and is called Broadway Extension. The number of lanes varies from 2×2 to 4+3. One crosses the John Kilpatrick Turnpike on the north side of Oklahoma City, the turnpike which is a bypassforms to the north and west of Oklahoma City. A mile after that, the highway section ends and it becomes a main road again, Broadway Street in the Edmond suburb, which has a population of 77,000. In downtown Edmond, US 77 turns east to join Interstate 35 on 2nd Street, where the two roads converge again.
US 77 at I-35 at Perry.
At Guthrie, US 77 turns off I-35 and becomes a parallel route again. In Guthrie one crosses the river Cimarron. US 77 runs north, sometimes straight for miles. At Perry, the road turns east, crossing I-35. After this, the road runs east of I-35. Just north of Perry, it crosses the Cimarron Turnpike, which runs from I-35 to Tulsa. This section of US 77 is almost 25 miles straight ahead. In Tonkawa they turn east, to briefly merge with US 64. Straight ahead is US 177, which runs parallel to I-35, US 77 then continues a little further from I-35. The road is four lanes up to Ponca City, and has grade separated intersections with the larger connections. One enters Ponca City straight through a refinery. US 77 turns north here, forming a bypass of this regional city. At the hamlet of Chilocco the US 77 continues in Kansas.
US 77 was created in 1926. The route in Oklahoma has not changed significantly since then, only the route around Tonkawa has been slightly modified. When it was created, US 77 was one of the few roads in Oklahoma that had larger stretches of asphalt. By 1930, the route was paved continuously from Purcell north to the Kansas border. By 1933, the section between the Texas and Purcell border was also paved. US 77 was the first US Highway to be completely paved in Oklahoma.
The Broadway Extension, the highway section through northern Oklahoma City, was opened to traffic in about 1962, making it one of Oklahoma City’s older highways, and is certainly a lot older than the I-235 that extends on it..
The busiest section of US 77 is in Oklahoma City, and has 79,100 vehicles per day. The areas outside Oklahoma City are very quiet, often with fewer than 1,000 vehicles per day.
Will Rogers Turnpike
|Will Rogers Turnpike|
According to ASK4BEAUTY, the Will Rogers Turnpike is a turnpike in the U.S. state of Oklahoma, part of Interstate 44 in the far northeast of the state. The highway connects Tulsa to the Missouri border beyond Miami. The toll road is 142 kilometers long.
The Will Rogers Turnpike begins northeast of Tulsa, where the Creek Turnpike continues around Tulsa, and toll-free Interstate 44 continues through Tulsa toll-free. The highway has 2×2 lanes and leads northeast through the rolling to slightly hilly Oklahoma countryside. The road runs parallel to the old US Route 66. Larger centers on the route are Vinita and Miami. In far northeast Oklahoma, just 300 meters from the Kansas tristate, the toll road crosses the Missouri border . Interstate 44 in Missouri is toll-free and runs directly past Joplin and on to Springfield and St. Louis.
The Will Rogers Turnpike was the second toll road built in Oklahoma, after the Turner Turnpike between Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The Will Rogers Turnpike is a logical next step, opening to traffic on June 28, 1957. Construction began before the Interstate Highway system was created, which is why it opened as a toll road. Originally, the toll road connected directly to Skelly Drive in Tulsa, part of I-44. With the construction of the Creek Turnpike along the east side of Tulsa in 2002, the route of the Will Rogers Turnpike has shifted here. The old highway is no longer in use, but has not yet been demolished.
The Will Rogers Turnpike is a toll road, operated by the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. The tolls are very low as everywhere in Oklahoma. The toll can also be paid with the Pikepass.
Every day, 28,000 vehicles drive just outside Tulsa, dropping rapidly to some 17,000 to 22,000 vehicles on the rest of the route to the Missouri border.