US 54 in Oklahoma
According to transporthint, US 54 is a US Highway in the US state of Oklahoma. The road forms a diagonal north-south route through the Oklahoma Panhandle, the far west of the state. The route is 92 kilometers long.
US 54 in Texas crosses the Oklahoma border at Texhoma. The road then runs in an almost straight line to the northeast and has 2×2 lanes. The area is largely flat and sparsely populated. After about 30 kilometers you reach the town of Guymon, where the US 64 merges from Boise City, and where you cross the US 412, the road to Enid. The road then crosses the River Beaver and continues to be 2×2 lanes. Just before Hooker, the road narrows to 2 lanes and US 64 exits toward Alva in the east. The road then continues in a straight line to the Kansas border, which is reached at the town of Liberal. The US 54 in Kansas then continues toWichita.
US 54 was created in 1926. At the time in Oklahoma, the route was still completely unpaved, only a small piece north of Guymon was a gravel road, the rest was a dirt road. Circa 1934 the first part was asphalted, between Guymon and Hooker. In 1942 the pavement was extended to the Kansas border. By 1945, the entire US 54 was paved.
In 1993, the first section of US 54 was doubled into a divided highway, initially just a few miles northeast of Guymon. In about 1999 the route to Optima was doubled and in about 2001 the first section southwest of Guymon was also doubled. In 2003, the route from the Texas border to Optima was a continuous 2×2 lane divided highway. In 2005, it doubled to the halfway point of Optima and Hooker and in 2011, the remainder to Hooker was doubled to 2×2 lanes, as well as east of Hooker for about six miles.
Every day, approximately 5,000 vehicles drive along the entire route fairly evenly. Due to the lack of motorways in the wider region, this is a reasonably through route.
US 70 in Oklahoma
According to travelationary, US 70 is a US Highway in the US state of Oklahoma. The road forms an east-west route in the far south of the state, parallel to the Texas border. One only passes through smaller towns such as Ardmore, Durant, Hugo and Idabel. The route is 481 kilometers long.
At Davidson, the road crosses the Red River, which also marks the Texas – Oklahoma border. US 70 in Texas comes from Vernon, and is double numbered with US 183. After just a few miles, US 70 turns east and US 183 heads straight for Clinton in the north. US 70 then runs straight east for miles and has 2×1 lanes. The road here runs a short distance from the Red River and thus the Texas border. At Randlett it connects with Interstate 44, the highway from Wichita Falls in Texas to Lawton and Oklahoma City. It also crosses the US 277, which is double-numbered with US 281, running north together parallel to I-44. US 70 then continues east through the prairies, and after about 30 miles you reach the village of Waurika, where you cross US 81, the road from Fort Worth in Texas to Duncan and Chickasha in the north. US 70 follows the mile-by-mile grid pattern and is generally straight. It passes through a few villages, and from Wilson the road has 2×2 lanes, which lasts as far as the town of Ardmore. In Ardmore it connects with Interstate 35, the highway from Dallas to Oklahoma City. It also crosses US 77, which runs parallel to I-35.
After Ardmore you pass through a slightly more sloping area. After about 22 miles, you reach the village of Madill, an intersection where US 177 begins and heads north toward Shawnee, where you cross US 377, the road from Denton, Texas, to Ada in the north. The road then crosses Lake Texoma, which lies on the border of Texas and Oklahoma. You then reach the town of Durant, where you intersect US 69, which is double-numbered with US 75, and a major 2×2 lane highway stretch from Sherman and Dallas in Texas to McAlester and Tulsa. Around Durant is the US 70 Bypass, a 13-kilometer freewayaround the south side of Durant. US 70 then continues its eastern route through rolling southern Oklahoma, and after about 70 kilometers you reach Hugo, one of the larger towns along Oklahoma’s southern border. First you cross the US 271, the road from Paris, Texas to Poteau. Hugo is also the starting point of the Indian Nation Turnpike, a toll road to McAlester and Tulsa. Then you pass Hugo Lake, and follow about 70 kilometers to Idabel, a regional town in the southeastern tip of Oklahoma. The road crosses US 259 . here, which comes from Longview, Texas, and is double-numbered with US 70 for a bit and heads north toward Poteau. The US 70 therefore has 2×2 lanes for a while, after which you reach the border with Arkansas. US 70 in Arkansas then continues toward DeQueen.
US 70 was created in 1926. There have been some adjustments in Oklahoma since then, for example, US 70 originally went a little further north via what are now State Routes 5 and 53. US 70 also ran between Ardmore and Madill at the time via State Route 199 and US 177. When it was created, only a small part of US 70 was paved, namely short sections at Ardmore and Durant. These stretches were slowly extended east and west and by 1934 there was also a paved section at Hugo. Most of the route was paved in the second half of the 1940s and by 1948 the route from Waurika to Broken Bow was paved. In 1950, the pavement reached the Arkansas border. The last part to be paved was the western part between Davidson and Waurika. The last part of this was paved in 1956.
On September 10, 2013, the first phase of the Durant bypass opened for three miles, between the west side of Durant and SH 78 on the south side of Durant. This is a short freeway. On June 28, 2015, the second phase opened further for 6 kilometers to the old route on the southeast side of Durant.
The US 70 is at times an extremely quiet road. Every day 1,700 vehicles cross the Texas border, but further east only 400 vehicles drive every 24 hours. That rises slightly to 2,100 at I-44, but then remains low at around 1,000 vehicles per day. In Ardmore the road is somewhat busier with 5,800 vehicles, and between Ardmore and Durant has a slightly busier section due to recreational traffic with up to 9,500 vehicles. The rest of the route has between 3,000 and 6,000 vehicles per day.