Oklahoma State Highway 74

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State Highway 74

SH-74 highlighted in red, suffixed routes in blue
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Existed1927 (as SH-44)[1]
Became SH-74 in 1931[2]–present
Section 1
Length52.5 mi[3] (84.5 km)
South end SH-7 near Tatums
Major intersections
North end I-35 in Goldsby
Section 2
Length91.5 mi[4] (147.3 km)
South end I-44 / SH-3 / SH-66 in Bethany
Major intersections
North end SH-11 west of Deer Creek
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Oklahoma State Highway System
SH-73 US 75

State Highway 74, usually abbreviated as SH-74 or OK-74 (or simply Highway 74) is the numbering of two different highways maintained by the U.S. state of Oklahoma. These highways were once a single major north–south route, connecting Oklahoma City to more rural parts of the state. The original road stretched from SH-7 near Tatums to SH-11 west of Deer Creek.

Due to encroaching Interstate highways—especially Interstate 35 (I-35)—the middle section of the route through Norman, Moore, and Oklahoma City was decommissioned in 1979 for reasons of redundancy. However, some maps show SH-74 as running concurrently with I-35, I-240, and I-44, thus linking the two sections.

The north section of the route is 91+12 miles (147.3 km)[4] in length, while the southern section is 52+12 miles (84.5 km)[3] long. This leads to a total length of 144 miles (232 km).

Route descriptions

Southern section

The southern section's northern terminus, at I-35 in Goldsby

From the southern terminus at SH-7, the southern section of SH-74 goes due north to Elmore City, where it intersects with SH-29. After a couple of turns in the Elmore City area, the highway continues due north to Maysville and SH-19. Still continuing northward, the highway meets the southern terminus of SH-24, and continues into Purcell.

In Purcell, SH-74 overlaps U.S. Highway 77 (US-77) and SH-39. It finally splits off and begins heading west. From here, the highway becomes more hilly and curvy as it heads toward Washington. The road never actually enters Washington, passing just one mile (1.6 km)[5] north of it. However, Washington is accessible via SH-24, which has its northern terminus at SH-74 as well. (Both termini of SH-24 are at SH-74.)

The highway then returns to a due north course after its intersection with SH-24. It goes through the town of Goldsby and then ends at I-35.

Northern section

The southern end of the Lake Hefner Parkway in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at its interchange with I-44

The highway's northern section begins at a combination interchange with I-44 in Bethany. The first part of the northern section is a freeway, called the Lake Hefner Parkway because part of it runs along the east shore of Lake Hefner. The freeway, a major part of the Oklahoma City freeway system, serves the northwestern part of Oklahoma City. The freeway ends at 164th Street, and SH-74 continues northward on Portland Avenue.

The road passes through the towns of Crescent, Covington, and Garber, Oklahoma as it continues, again on a due north course. Between Covington and Garber the road intersects with US-64/US-412, which can be used to access Enid, just 14 miles (23 km)[6] to the west.

Twenty miles (32 km)[6] north of US-412, the highway meets US-60 near Lamont. The two roads share a brief concurrency before splitting off again. Eight miles (13 km)[6] north of this, SH-74 intersects with SH-11 between Deer Creek and Numa, Oklahoma. It is at this intersection that the designation ends.


Original SH-44 shield

In 1927, a spur from SH-33 to Crescent was created as SH-44.[1] SH-44 was renumbered to SH-74 in 1931.[2] On December 10, 1934, SH-74 was extended southward to Oklahoma City.[7] The highway was further extended on September 9, 1935, to Norman.[7] In 1935 and 1936, the highway's alignment through Norman was modified; it was extended from its Main Street terminus to US-77.

Also in 1936, SH-74 began expanding northward. On August 18, the designation was added to a new section of highway between Crescent and US-64[8] (now SH-164) in Covington.[7] Nearly a year later, the route was extended southward again. The State Highway Commission lengthened SH-74 through Goldsby and Purcell to SH-19 in Maysville on July 1, 1937.[7] The section of highway from Covington to US-60 in Lamont was added on April 14, 1941.[7] On June 5, 1945, it was extended further south to SH-29 in Elmore City (at the time simply named Elmore).[7]

Throughout the 1950s, SH-74 continued to be realigned and extended. Southwest of Norman, it swapped routings with SH-9 on December 6, 1954.[7] SH-74 was extended twice in 1957, once in each direction: to the north on February 18 and to the south on June 10.[7] The 1957 lengthening brought SH-74 to its greatest length, with its present-day northern terminus and a southern terminus at SH-53 near Milo.

By 1967, I-35 had been constructed through Oklahoma City. On January 4, 1967, SH-74 was split into two sections, with the removal of the section between Goldsby and Norman.[7] The southern section was truncated on December 12, 1974, bringing the highway to its current southern terminus.[7] The gap between the two sections of SH-74 was widened on March 3, 1975, when the route was eliminated through Cleveland County and much of Oklahoma City, bringing SH-74 to its present-day termini.[7]

The Lake Hefner Parkway opened in 1992. SH-74 was transferred to the new freeway on April 6.[7] Between April and July 2001, ODOT installed a Brifen Safety Fence cable barrier along the Lake Hefner Parkway section of SH-74. This installation was the first application of this barrier design in the United States.[9] The freeway was extended from its former terminus just north of the Kilpatrick Turnpike to 164th Street in 2016.


SH-74 currently has five spur routes (starting at B, and going up to a suffix of F). Prior to 2009, SH-74A served as a spur route in Norman as well, though it did not intersect SH-74.


State Highway 74A

Length2.76 mi[10] (4.44 km)
ExistedSeptember 23, 1936–c. 2009

SH-74A ran along Lindsey Street in Norman, connecting I-35 to Classen Boulevard, the contemporary routing of US-77. This highway ran straight through the University of Oklahoma (OU) campus. It was 2.76 miles (4.44 km) long.[10]

SH-74A was established by action of the Highway Commission on September 23, 1936. The highway's original extent was from SH-9/SH-74 (24th Avenue S.W.) to the OU campus, ending at Jenkins Avenue.[11] It was later extended to I-35 in the west and US-77 in the east.[10] It was removed by January 2010.[12]


State Highway 74B

LocationMcClain County
Length9.95 mi[13] (16.01 km)

SH-74B connects SH-74 in Goldsby to SH-76 south of Blanchard. Cole lies along the middle of this hilly spur.


State Highway 74C

LocationLogan County
Length11.59 mi[14] (18.65 km)

SH-74C connects SH-74 in Crescent to US-77 north of Guthrie.


State Highway 74D

Length2.76 mi[14] (4.44 km)
Existed?–March 5, 2018[15]

SH-74D connected SH-74 to the unincorporated community of Lovell. It was eliminated from the state highway system on March 5, 2018.[15]


State Highway 74E

Length4.98 mi[14] (8.01 km)

SH-74E goes from SH-51 north to Marshall, and then it goes east and ends at SH-74. This spur was commissioned on August 6, 1951.[7]


State Highway 74F

Length8.05 mi[14] (12.96 km)

SH-74F goes from SH-74 west to Cashion, and then goes north to SH-33.

Junction list

Southern section

Carter0.000.00 SH-7 – Davis, Ratliff CitySouthern terminus; road continues as Poolville Road
GarvinElmore City9.515.3 SH-29
Maysville23.137.2 SH-19
county line
SH-24 north (100th Street)
Southern terminus of SH-24
McClain29.747.8 SH-59
Purcell35.056.3 I-35 – Oklahoma City, DallasI-35 exit 91
US 77 south (Weedn Boulevard)
Southern end of US-77 concurrency
SH-39 west (Wyatt Road)
Southern end of SH-39 concurrency

US 77 north / SH-39 east (Washington Street)
Northern end of US-77/SH-39 concurrency

To I-35 north / Green Avenue north – Oklahoma City
SH-24 south – Washington
Northern terminus of SH-24
49.078.9 SH-74BEastern terminus of SH-74B
52.584.5 I-35 – Oklahoma City, DallasNorthern terminus of southern section; I-35 exit 104
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Northern section

OklahomaOklahoma City0.000.00
I-44 west (SH-3) to I-40
Southern terminus of northern section; southern terminus of Lake Hefner Parkway; southern end of SH-3 concurrency

I-44 east (SH-66 east) – Tulsa, Wichita
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
SH-66 west – Warr Acres, Bethany
Exit numbers follow I-44; no exit number southbound
1.11.8NW 50th Street
1.82.9 SH-3 (Northwest Expressway)Northern end of SH-3 concurrency
2.43.9NW 63rd StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
4.36.9W. Britton Road
5.38.5W. Hefner Road
6.410.3NW 122nd Street
Kilpatrick Turnpike east
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
7.111.4 Kilpatrick Turnpike / Memorial RoadNorthern terminus of Lake Hefner Pkwy.
8.113.0NW 150th Street
NW 164th StreetNorth end of freeway
Logan20.432.8 SH-74FEastern terminus of SH-74F
25.440.9 SH-33
Crescent31.450.5 SH-74CWestern terminus of SH-74C
38.461.8 SH-74DEastern terminus of SH-74D
42.568.4 SH-51
45.573.2 SH-74E
GarfieldCovington55.489.2 SH-164Western terminus of SH-164
Garber61.999.6 US 64 / US 412 – Enid, Perry

SH-15 begins
Southern end of SH-15 concurrency; diamond interchange with US-64/US-412; western terminus of SH-15;
SH-15 east – Ponca City, Billings
Northern end of SH-15 concurrency
US 60 west
Western end of US-60 concurrency
US 60 east
Eastern end of US-60 concurrency
91.5147.3 SH-11 – Medford, BlackwellNorthern terminus; road continues as CR 1060 (unsigned)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Oklahoma State Highway Commission (1928). Oklahoma State Highway System 1928 (PDF) (Map). Oklahoma City: Oklahoma State Highway Commission.
  2. ^ a b Oklahoma Department of Highways (1932). Map Showing Condition of Improvement of the State Highway System (PDF) (Map). Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Department of Highways. Retrieved October 14, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Google (October 14, 2012). "Oklahoma State Highway 74" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Google (October 15, 2012). "Oklahoma State Highway 74" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  5. ^ Distance signage at the SH-74/SH-24 junction.[full citation needed]
  6. ^ a b c Oklahoma Department of Transportation (2007). 2007 Centennial State Map (PDF) (Map). Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 13, 2007.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Oklahoma Department of Transportation (n.d.). "Memorial Dedication and Revision History". Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 14, 2007.
  8. ^ Oklahoma Department of Highways (1937). Map Showing Condition of Improvement of the State Highway System and Landing Fields (PDF) (Map). Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Department of Highways. Retrieved October 14, 2007.
  9. ^ Griffin, Jeff (February 2002). "Highway Safety Barrier System Will Cut Accident Rates". Better Roads. Archived from the original on December 13, 2004.
  10. ^ a b c Oklahoma Department of Transportation (n.d.). Control Section Maps: Cleveland County (PDF) (Map) (2006 ed.). Scale not given. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  11. ^ Oklahoma Department of Transportation (n.d.). "Moments in History—September". Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  12. ^ Oklahoma Department of Transportation (n.d.). Control Section Maps: Cleveland County (PDF) (Map) (2010–2011 ed.). Scale not given. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  13. ^ Oklahoma Department of Transportation (n.d.). Control Section Maps: McClain County (PDF) (Map) (2010–2011 ed.). Scale not given. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  14. ^ a b c d Oklahoma Department of Transportation (n.d.). Control Section Maps: Logan County (PDF) (Map) (2010–2011 ed.). Scale not given. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  15. ^ a b Oklahoma Transportation Commission (March 5, 2018). "Minutes for the Transportation Committee Meeting" (PDF). Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 20, 2018.

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