Oklahoma State Highway 3

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State Highway 3

Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length615.0 mi[1][2][3] (989.7 km)
Major junctions
West end US 287 / US 385 Colorado state line (concurrent with US-287/385)
Major intersections Kilpatrick Turnpike near Oklahoma City
I-44 in Oklahoma City
I-40 in Oklahoma City
I-35 in Oklahoma City
I-40 in Shawnee
Indian Nation Turnpike in Antlers
East end AR 32 at the Arkansas state line
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Oklahoma State Highway System
SH-2 SH-4

State Highway 3, also abbreviated as SH-3 or OK-3, is a highway maintained by the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Traveling diagonally through Oklahoma, from the Panhandle to the far southeastern corner of the state, SH-3 is the longest state highway in the Oklahoma road system, at a total length of 615 miles (990 km) via SH-3E (see below).

Route description

In the northwest

SH 3 begins at the Colorado state line 19 mi (31 km) north of Boise City, Oklahoma. At this terminus, it is concurrent with US-287/US-385. It remains concurrent with the two U.S. Routes until reaching Boise City, where it encounters a traffic circle which contains five other highways. After the circle, US-385 splits off, and SH-3 overlaps US-287, US-56, US-64, and US-412, though US-56 and US-287 both split off within the next 8 miles (13 km).

In Guymon, US-64 splits off. At Elmwood, US-270 joins US-412, coming from a concurrency with SH-23. SH-3 remains concurrent with US-270 through Watonga. In Seiling, US-183 leaves the concurrency but is quickly replaced by U.S. Highway 281. SH-33 joins the roadbed 20 miles (32 km) later.

SH-3 and SH-33 concurrency between Watonga and Kingfisher.

In Watonga, SH-33 and SH-3 split off from US-270 and US-281. SH-3 and SH-33 remain concurrent for an additional 28 miles (45 km), until Kingfisher, where SH-3 joins US-81. It will stay concurrent with US-81 for 13 miles (21 km), through the town of Okarche. 3 miles (4.8 km) after Okarche, SH-3 leaves US-81. This marks the first point that SH-3 has not been part of a concurrency.

Through Oklahoma City

Beginning at the split from US-81, SH-3 becomes a major artery in the Oklahoma City highway system, commonly known as the Northwest Expressway because it is a diagonal route and because it serves the northwestern part of the metro area. It skirts the northern limits of El Reno before entering the Oklahoma City limits. The often-congested Northwest Expressway passes through the suburb of Warr Acres and passes close to Lake Hefner.

At the intersection with the Lake Hefner Parkway (SH-74), SH-3 again re-enters a concurrency. The Lake Hefner Parkway ends very shortly after, and SH-3 becomes concurrent with I-44 through the western side of the city. Near Will Rogers World Airport, SH-3 transfers to I-240 along the southern side of the city. After I-240 ends, SH-3 is transferred onto I-40/US-270, which it remains concurrent with for 16 miles (26 km).

SH-3E/3W split

In Shawnee, SH-3 splits into two highways, SH-3E and SH-3W. SH-3W splits off I-40 onto US-177, along with US-270, at milemarker 181 on I-40. It continues along with US-270 and 177 through the west side of Shawnee and continues south of that city until Tecumseh, where US-270 splits off. South of Asher, SH-3W leaves US-177 and veers southeast toward Ada.

SH-3E, the longer of the two split routes, was the original routing of Highway 3 before the two highways were split. It remains on I-40 for 5 miles (8.0 km) after SH-3W splits off. When it does split off, it soon joins SH-18. It follows a route closer to the center of Shawnee. After leaving Shawnee, it heads southeast toward Seminole. Here, it meets US-377/SH-99. SH-3E merges onto this highway, and they will remain concurrent until after they reach Ada.

In Ada, SH-3E and SH-3W are reunited and become SH-3 once again.

Ada to Atoka

SH-3 intersects US 69/US 75, SH-7, and Bypass SH-3 in Atoka.

SH-3 then becomes part of the Richardson Loop, a freeway around the west and south sides of Ada. Throughout the Richardson Loop, it overlaps SH-1 and US-377/SH-99 at different times. The highway then becomes two-lane once again and heads southeast to the town of Coalgate, where begins an 18-mile (29 km) concurrency with US-75, lasting through Atoka. In Atoka, US-75 splits off to join US-69.

Antlers to Arkansas

Two miles west of Antlers, the highway has an interchange with the Indian Nation Turnpike, and in Antlers it intersects U.S. Highway 271. After reaching the town of Broken Bow, it turns southward and overlaps US-259 and US-70.

Near Idabel, the highway splits off after being with US-259 for 13 miles (21 km). 28 miles (45 km) later, it becomes AR 32 as it crosses the state line into Arkansas.


The current SH-3 was designated on 15 May 1939. The original highway included all of current SH-3 up to Antlers, where it terminated at US-271. It was extended to the Arkansas state line on 4 August 1952. SH-3 ended there concurrent with US-70 and SH-7, near DeQueen, Arkansas. On 7 January 1963, the highway was given its own alignment from near Idabel to Arkansas, taking over that of SH-21, which was eliminated at that time.

From the highway's commissioning to 1976, there was only one fork of SH-3 between Shawnee and Ada, which was the path of current SH-3E. SH-3W and SH-3E were created on 4 October 1976; the new SH-3W took over all of SH-13. Other than minor realignments, the highway remains essentially the same today.[4]

In the early 1980s, Governor George Nigh was able to obtain $97.1 million to upgrade the highway between Oklahoma City and Colorado, despite opponents labeling the project "the highway to nowhere".[5] House Concurrent Resolution 1067 labeled the highway as "Governor George Nigh's Northwest Passage." ODOT officially so named the highway on 2 February 1981.[6]


  • SH-3's concurrency with I-44 in Oklahoma City is an example of a wrong-way concurrency – I-44 West is SH-3 East and vice versa.
  • SH-3's concurrency with US-70 is also a wrong-way concurrency, as US-70 is signed as going west and SH-3 as going east.
  • The SH-3 bypass around Atoka is named the Cecil B. "Bud" Greathouse Bypass. It was designated by ODOT on 4 October 1982.[7]


Oklahoma State Highway 3A.svg
Former SH-3A

SH-3 had one lettered spur, SH-3A, which continued the alignment of the Northwest Expressway for two more miles before ending at I-44 near Penn Square Mall. It was originally known as SH-66A, a spur off US 66, which once ran through the area. The combined effect of US-66 being decommissioned and "3A" being a more logical name for an extension of SH-3 led to the name change. SH-3A was decommissioned in 2009.

Junction list

US 287 / US 385 north
Continuation into Colorado; western end of US-287/US-385 concurrency
US 287 south
Eastern end of US-287 concurrency
Boise City18.529.8

US 56 / US 64 / US 412 west / US 385 south (Cimarron Avenue south) / SH-325 west (Main Street west) – Clayton NM, Kenton
Traffic circle around Cimarron County courthouse; eastern end of US-385 concurrency; western end of SH-3 concurrency; eastern terminus of SH-325
20.332.7 US 287 – Amarillo, Denver CO, Stratford TXInterchange
US 56 east
Eastern end of US-56 concurrency; former SH-114
34.154.9 SH-171
TexasFour Corners53.085.3
SH-95 north
Western end of SH-95 concurrency
SH-95 south
Eastern end of SH-95 concurrency
SH-136 north
Western end of SH-136 concurrency

US 64 / US 412 Truck / SH-3 Truck east / SH-136 Truck south (NE 12th Street)
Eastern end of US-64 concurrency; western terminus of US-412 Truck/SH-3 Truck; northern terminus of SH-136 Truck
US 54 west (South 2nd Street)
Western end of US-54 concurrency

US 412 Truck / SH-3 Truck / SH-136 Truck (US 54 east) – Liberal KS
Eastern end of US-54 concurrency; eastern terminus of US-412 Truck/SH-3 Truck; southern terminus of SH-136 Truck
SH-136 south (East Street)
Eastern end of SH-136 concurrency
SH-94 north – Hooker
Southern terminus of SH-94
BeaverBryan's Corner119.2191.8 US 83 – Liberal Ks., Beaver, Perryton Tx., Turpin
US 270 west / SH-23 – Beaver, Booker Tx.
Western end of US-270 concurrency
Harper171.3275.7 US 283 – Laverne, Shattuck
May179.5288.9 SH-46 – Buffalo, Gage
EllisNo major intersections
US 183 north – Buffalo
Western end of US-183 concurrency
SH-15 west (Oklahoma Avenue west)
Eastern terminus of SH-15

US 412 east (Oklahoma Avenue east) / SH-34 north (9th Street north) – Enid
Eastern end of US-412 concurrency; western end of SH-34 concurrency
SH-34 south – Elk City, Vici
Eastern end of SH-34 concurrency
SH-50 north – Mooreland
Southern terminus of SH-50
US 183 south – Taloga, Clinton
Eastern end of US-183 concurrency

US 60 east / US 281 north – Waynoka, Fairview
Northern end of US-60/US-281 concurrency

US 60 / SH-51 west (Shepherd Street) to US 183 – Vici
Southern end of US-60 concurrency; western end of SH-51 concurrency
Hucmac247.1397.7 SH-51 – Canton, SouthardEastern end of SH-51 concurrency

SH-33 west / SH-58 north – Canton, Thomas
Western end of SH-33 concurrency; southern terminus of SH-58

US 270 east / US 281 south / SH-8 (Clarence Nash Boulevard) – Okeene, Geary
Eastern end of US-270/US-281 concurrency

US 81 north (Main Street north) / SH-33 east (Broadway Avenue east)
Eastern end of SH-33 concurrency; western end of US-81 concurrency
US 81 south
Trumpet interchange; eastern end of US-81 concurrency
Oklahoma City329.9530.9 SH-4 (Piedmont Road) – Piedmont, Yukon
333.5536.7 Kilpatrick Turnpike – Exact change requiredDiamond interchange
SH-74 north (Lake Hefner Parkway north)
Diamond interchange; west end of freeway section; western end of SH-74 (Lake Hefner Pkwy.) concurrency
341.1548.9NW 50th Street
SH-66 west – Warr Acres, Bethany
Stack interchange; exit numbers follow I-44
I-44 east (SH-66 east) / SH-74 end
Stack interchange; I-44 exit 123B; southern terminus of SH-74; northern end of I-44 concurrency
342.4551.0123ANW 36th StreetWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
343.2552.3122NW 23rd Street
344.2553.9121A-BNW 10th Street – Fair ParkSigned as exits 121B (west) and 121A (east); Fair Park signed westbound only
345.5556.0120A-B I-40 (US 270) – Amarillo, Fort SmithFull diamond interchange; signed as exits 120B (east) and 120A (west)
346.3557.3119SW 15th Street
347.3558.9118SW 29th Street
348.1560.2117ASW 44th StreetSigned as exit 117B northbound
348.6561.0116B SH-152 (Airport Road)Eastern terminus of SH-152
349.4562.3116ASW 59th Street
I-44 / US 62 west / I-240 begin – Lawton
Exit number follows I-240; southern end of I-44 concurrency; western end of I-240/US-62 concurrency; western terminus of I-240
Overlap with I-240
I-40 west (US 270 west) / I-240 end – Oklahoma City
Eastern terminus of I-240; I-40 exit 165; eastern end of I-240 concurrency; western end of I-40/US-270 concurrency
368.1592.4166Choctaw RoadExit numbers follow I-40
371.2597.4169Peebly Road
374.0601.9172Harrah Newalla Road
PottawatomieMcLoud378.1608.5176 SH-102 (McLoud Road)Western end of SH-102 concurrency
Dale380.2611.9178 SH-102 – Dale, Bethel AcresEastern end of SH-102 concurrency

I-40 / SH-3E east / US 270 / SH-3W east / US 177 – Shawnee, Tecumseh
SH-3 east splits into SH-3W and SH-3E; eastern end of I-40/US-270 concurrency; exit number is for US-177/US-270/SH-3W
See SH-3E and SH-3W

SH-1 east / SH-3E (J.A. Richardson Loop) / SH-3W / SH-19 west – Seminole, McAlester, Shawnee, Pauls Valley
West end of freeway section; northern end of SH-1 concurrency; SH-3 west splits into SH-3W and SH-3E
AdaWestbound exit only
440.9709.6Reeves RoadEastbound exit only
SH-1 west – Latta, Roff, Sulphur
Southern end of SH-1 concurrency
442.3711.8Oak AvenueEastbound exit and westbound entrance
443.4713.6Kerr Lab Road
US 377 / SH-99 north – Ada, McAlester
Western end of US-377/SH-99 concurrency; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
445.3716.6Stonecipher Boulevard
US 377 / SH-99 south – Fittstown, Tishomingo, Madill
East end of freeway; eastern end of US-377/SH-99 concurrency
Coal461.5742.7 SH-48 – Lula, Allen, Tupelo
US 75 north – Calvin
Western end of US-75 concurrency
SH-31 east (Main Street north)
Northern end of SH-31 concurrency
SH-31 west (Ohio Avenue)
Southern end of SH-31 concurrency
SH-43 east (Lafayette Avenue)
Western terminus of SH-43

SH-3 Byp. east (Greathouse Drive) – Antlers, Wapanucka
Western terminus of SH-3 Byp.
US 69 north (Mississippi Avenue north) – McAlester, Tulsa
Western end of US-69 concurrency

US 69 south (Mississippi Avenue south) / US 75 / SH-7 / SH-3 Byp. west (13th Street west) – Tishomingo, Durant
Eastern end of US-69/US-75 concurrency; eastern terminus of SH-3 Byp./SH-7
PushmatahaAntlers519.8836.5 Indian Nation Turnpike – Hugo, Paris, Henryetta, TulsaInterchange; Indian Nation Tpk. exit 16
SH-2 north – Moyers, Clayton
Southern terminus of SH-2
US 271 south – Hugo
Western end of US-271 concurrency
US 271 north – Wilburton, Poteau, Clayton
Eastern end of US-271 concurrency
SH-93 south – Hugo
Northern terminus of SH-93
SH-147 south
Northern terminus of SH-147
SH-98 south
Northern terminus of SH-98
Broken Bow577.0928.6

US 70 east (Martin Luther King Drive) / US 259 north (Park Drive north) – DeQueen Ark., Beavers Bend
Northern end of US-70/US-259 concurrency
US 70 Byp. begins / US 70 west – Southeastern Oklahoma State University McCurtain Campus, Hugo
Southern end of US-70 concurrency; northern end of US-70 Byp. concurrency

US 259 south / US 70 Byp. west
Eastern end of US-259 concurrency; southern end of US-70 Byp. concurrency
AR 32 east
Continuation into Arkansas
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi



I-40 / SH-3 west / SH-3W east / US 177 / US 270 – Stillwater, Tecumseh
Exit numbers follow I-40; eastern end of I-40 concurrency; SH-3E west and SH-3W merge into SH-3
Shawnee185Kickapoo Street – Shawnee

I-40 east / SH-18 north – Meeker
Western end of SH-18 concurrency; I-40 exit 186
SH-18 south (Harrison Street south)
Eastern end of SH-18 concurrency
SH-9A to I-40 – Earlsboro
SH-99A east
Western terminus of SH-99A
US 270 west / SH-9 – Eufaula, Norman
Western end of US-270 concurrency

US 270 east (Broadway Avenue east) / US 377 / SH-99 north (Milt Phillips Avenue north)
eastern end of US-270 concurrency, western end of US-377/SH-99 concurrency
SH-59 west – Maud
Western end of SH-59 concurrency
SH-59 east – Bowlegs, Wewoka
Eastern end of SH-59 concurrency

SH-39 west (Broadway Street) / SH-56 east – Wewoka, Konawa
Eastern terminus of SH-39; western terminus of SH-56
Canadian RiverHaney-Abbott Bridge

US 377 / SH-99 south / SH-1 east – Agri-Plex, Ada, McAlester
West end of freeway; eastern end of US-377/SH-99 concurrency, western end of SH-1 concurrency
SH-3W / SH-19 west – Shawnee
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; eastern terminus of SH-19
AdaEastbound exit and westbound entrance

SH-3 east / SH-1 (J.A. Richardson Loop)
SH-3E east and SH-3W merge into SH-3
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


I-40 / SH-3 west (US 270 west) – Oklahoma City
Interchange; SH-3W west and SH-3E merge into SH-3; western end of US-270 concurrency; I-40 exit 181

I-40 east (SH-3E east) – Okemah
Interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance; I-40 exit 181

US 177 north to SH-270
Interchange; left entrance eastbound, left exits; western end of US-177 concurrency

US 270 Bus. east (Kickapoo Spur)
Interchange; western terminus of US-270 Bus.

US 270 Bus. west / SH-18 north (Farrall Avenue)
Interchange; southern terminus of SH-18, eastern terminus of US-270 Bus.
US 270 east / SH-9 – Tecumseh, Seminole
Eastbound exit split into "US-270 / SH-9 east – Seminole" and "SH-9 west – Tecumseh"; eastern end of US-270 concurrency
SH-59B west – Macomb
Eastern terminus of SH-59B
SH-59 east – Pearson, St. Louis
Northern end of SH-59 concurrency
Asher412.4663.7 SH-39 – Konawa, Lexington, Purcell
Canadian RiverPottawatomiePontotoc county line
county line

US 177 south / SH-59 west – Stratford, Sulphur
Southern end of US-177/SH-59 concurrency
SH-59A west
Eastern terminus of SH-59A
SH-19 west – Stratford, Pauls Valley
SH-3E west / SH-1 (J.A. Richardson Loop) / Main Street – McAlester, Seminole, Ada
Interchange; eastbound left exit and westbound entrance (left entrance from Main St.)

SH-3 east / SH-1 (J.A. Richardson Loop) / SH-19 end – Roff, Coalgate
Interchange; SH-3W east and SH-3E merge into SH-3; eastern terminus of SH-19
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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    Google (2014-04-27). "SH-3—Seiling to Southwest Oklahoma City" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2014-04-27.
    Google (2014-04-27). "SH-3—Overlap with I-240" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2014-04-27.
    Google (2014-05-13). "SH-3—Overlap with I-40" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
  2. ^ a b Google (2014-05-13). "SH-3E" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
  3. ^ a b Google (2014-05-23). "SH-3—Ada to Idabel" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
    Google (2014-05-23). "SH-3—Idabel to Arkansas" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  4. ^ ODOT Planning & Research Division. "Memorial Dedication & Revision History – SH-3". Retrieved 2006-08-21.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2004-03-07. Retrieved 2007-04-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ ODOT Planning & Research Division. "Memorial Dedication & Revision History – SH-3 Northwest Expressway". Retrieved 2007-05-06.
  7. ^ ODOT Planning & Research Division. "Memorial Dedication & Revision History – SH-3 Bypass". Retrieved 2007-05-06.
  8. ^ Google (2014-05-13). "SH-3W" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2014-05-13.

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