Oklahoma State Highway 9

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State Highway 9

Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length348.1 mi[1][2][3] (560.2 km)
ExistedAugust 24, 1924[4]–present
Major junctions
West end SH 203 at the Texas state line
Major intersections
East end I-540 / US 271 at the Arkansas state line
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Oklahoma State Highway System
SH-8 SH-10

State Highway 9, abbreviated as SH-9, OK-9, or simply Highway 9, is a major east–west highway in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Spanning across the central part of the state, SH-9 begins at the Texas state line west of Vinson, Oklahoma, and ends at the Arkansas state line near Fort Smith, Arkansas. State Highway 9 is a major highway around the Norman area. At 348.1 miles (560.2 km),[1][2][3] SH-9 is Oklahoma's second-longest state highway (second to State Highway 3).

Route description

West of Interstate 35

A new SH-9 sign, of the 2006 design, just west of I-35 in Goldsby

From the western terminus at State Highway 203 along the Texas border, the highway travels due east for five miles (8.0 km) and intersects with SH-30 between Madge and Vinson.[5] SH-9 continues east for 23 miles (37 km)[5] without intersecting another highway until meeting US-283 and SH-34 two miles (3.2 km) north of Mangum. The highway overlaps the other two routes for four miles (6.4 km), going north, before splitting off and heading east again through Granite and Lone Wolf. East of Lone Wolf, the highway forms a concurrency with SH-44. Near Hobart, SH-9 overlaps US-183 for 4 miles (6.4 km)(again going northward) before splitting off again.[5]

Continuing east, SH-9 passes through Gotebo, Mountain View, and Carnegie. Around Fort Cobb, Oklahoma, the highway begins nine miles (14 km) of travel to the south. There, the route links up with the concurrent U.S. Highways 62 and 281. While US-281 will split off in Anadarko, SH-9 and US-62 remain concurrent until Newcastle. In Chickasha, US-277 joins to form another three-route concurrency with US-62 and SH-9. On the eastern edge of Chickasha, US-62/277/SH-9 have an interchange with I-44, or more commonly known as the H.E. Bailey Turnpike.[5]

Traveling northeast from Chickasha, US-62/277/SH-9 are routed to the town of Blanchard. Four miles later, SH-9 splits away from the two U.S. routes at a diamond interchange that also serves as the eastern terminus of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike Spur. SH-9 remains without any concurrent routes until Goldsby. The section of road east of US-62/277, recently upgraded to a four-lane divided highway, provides a link from the H.E. Bailey Turnpike Spur to Interstate 35. At the interstate, SH-9 merges onto I-35 northbound to cross the Canadian River into Norman.[5]

East of Interstate 35

SH-9 East exiting from I-35 in Norman. The exit has since been reconfigured and SH-74A has been decommissioned.

Through Norman, Highway 9 serves as a major artery providing access to the University of Oklahoma campus (in particular, the Lloyd Noble Center). Around the area, the route is a four-lane divided expressway (with surface crossings and stoplights). However, after a full interchange with 72nd Avenue SE, the road becomes a two lane highway again.[5]

SH-9 continues eastward, passing Lake Thunderbird State Park, before reaching the towns of Tecumseh and Seminole. The road intersects the Indian Nation Turnpike near Hanna, and US-69 near Eufaula. SH-9 provides access to the south side of Lake Eufaula before reaching Stigler.[5]

SH-9 overlaps US-59 for 5 miles (8.0 km), after which the road becomes concurrent with US-271. Both remain concurrent, until the highway ends at the Arkansas border. After passing the Arkansas state line, State Highway 9 becomes I-540, and US-271 continues over the state line concurrent with the Interstate.[5]


Original SH-9 shield

Officially designated on August 24, 1924,[4] the original route encompassed all of current SH-9 west of Blanchard. East of Blanchard, SH-9 followed a more northerly route. Bypassing Norman, SH-9 ran north to Oklahoma City before going east through Harrah, Meeker, Prague, Henryetta, and Checotah. The highway ended at the original SH-3 in Spiro. Upon the creation of the United States Numbered Routes system in 1926, the section between Oklahoma City and Warner was overlaid with US-266.[6] Four years later in 1930, SH-9 was truncated to Chickasha.[4] By this time, much of the route had become part of US-62.[7]

On 1935-08-27, the route was extended eastward,[4] taking over the original SH-37. SH-9's eastern terminus became SH-48 near Seminole.[8] On 1937-08-25, the route was brought further east to end at US-69 in Eufaula.[4] Part of the newly commissioned section was rescinded on 1937-10-19,[4] when a small segment just east of SH-48 and the entire Hughes County portion were dropped from the highway.[9] These sections were re-added on 1938-09-27.[4]

SH-9 was extended eastward twice in the route's history. The first extension occurred on 1941-02-26,[4] and extended SH-9 to SH-2 at Whitefield.[10] The final extension brought SH-9 to the Arkansas state line on 1941-11-12.[4] The only major realignment in SH-9's history since 1941 was the Norman expressway bypass, which was designated as SH-9 on 1971-11-08.[4]

After the I-40 bridge disaster, parts of SH-9 in eastern Oklahoma served as an emergency detour for eastbound I-40 traffic. All eastbound traffic was routed along the section of SH-9 between SH-2 in Whitefield and US-59. In addition, the section of SH-9 between US-59 and the Arkansas state line were used for eastbound traffic for commercial trucks.[11]

Discussions to widen SH-9 to four lanes east of US-77 in Norman began in 2008. The City of Norman and ODOT have conflict in their proposals for the design of the widened highway. ODOT has proposed a 16-foot (4.9 m) paved median, with 12-foot (3.7 m) shoulders to accommodate bicyclists. Norman's proposal includes a grass median and a separate bike path along the north side of the right-of-way, running from 24th Avenue S.E. to Lake Thunderbird. ODOT criticized the city's plan as too expensive. The city then proposed, with a narrower raised concrete median and separate bike path.[12] By 2014, the plan for the widening had been finalized and work had begun from US 77 eastward.[13] As of 2024, SH-9 has been widened to four lanes to 108th Avenue S.E. Future plans call for the highway to be widened to four lanes from Pecan Creek to SH-102.[14]

The I-35 and SH-9 West interchange in Goldsby is also expected to be reconfigured into a Diverging diamond interchange. The new design is expected to "accommodate large volumes of turning traffic by shifting traffic to the left side of a divided roadway through a series of coordinated signals for safer and more efficient left turns."[15] This follows a large project that reconfigured the I-35 exits at West Lindsey Street into Single Point Urban Interchange and the SH-9 east exit to a trumpet interchange in Norman. That project started in March 2015 and was completed and opened in October 2017.[16]


State Highway 9 creates three spur highways throughout the state. Additionally, it has two business routes, serving towns the main route bypasses. These routes are:

  • Business SH-9, a three-mile (5 km) loop through Hobart.
  • Another instance of Business SH-9 that loops through Gotebo. (This is not shown on the state highway map.)
SH-9A shield
  • SH-9A is a designation for three distinct highways:
    • A highway that intersects SH-9 in Earlsboro and links the parent highway to I-40 and SH-39 in Konawa. The spur also passes through the town of Maud.
    • A connector highway from US-69 to SH-9 south of Eufaula.
    • A spur route to SH-112 in Arkoma. This section is a former alignment of U.S. Highway 271.

Junction list

Texas–Oklahoma state line0.00.0 SH 203 continues west into Texas
Harmon4.97.9 SH-30
Greer28.345.5 US 283 / SH-34Western end of US-283/SH-34 concurrency
32.051.5 US 283 / SH-34Eastern end of US-283/SH-34 concurrency
Granite39.263.1 SH-6
KiowaLone Wolf47.676.6 SH-44Western end of SH-44 concurrency
50.881.8 SH-44Eastern end of SH-44 concurrency
SH-9 Bus.
Southern terminus of BUS SH-9
57.993.2 US 183Southern end of US-183 concurrency
SH-9 Bus.
Eastern terminus of BUS SH-9
61.999.6 US 183Northern end of US-183 concurrency
SH-9 Bus.
Western terminus of BUS SH-9
72.9117.3 SH-54
Mountain View80.0128.7 SH-115Western end of SH-115 concurrency
81.2130.7 SH-115Eastern end of SH-115 concurrency
CaddoCarnegie88.5142.4 SH-58
98.2158.0 SH-146Southern terminus of SH-146
106.3171.1 US 62 / US 281Western end of US-62/281 concurrency
Anadarko114.7184.6 US 281 / SH-8Eastern end of US-281 concurrency, western end of SH-8 concurrency
115.3185.6 SH-8Eastern end of SH-8 concurrency
GradyChickasha131.1211.0 US 81Western end of US-81 concurrency
132.8213.7 US 81 / US 277Eastern end of US-81 concurrency, southern end of US-277 concurrency
134.4216.3 I-44 / H.E. Bailey TurnpikeDiamond interchange
136.1219.0 SH-92Southern terminus of SH-92
Tabler139.6224.7 SH-39Western terminus of SH-39
McClainBlanchard150.4242.0 SH-76Southern end of SH-76 concurrency
151.4243.7 SH-76
US 62 / US 277 / SH-4 Toll / H.E. Bailey Turnpike Norman Spur
Diamond interchange
Goldsby162.1260.9 I-35Irregular interchange, I-35 exit 106, southern end of I-35 concurrency
ClevelandNorman163.7263.4 I-35Trumpet interchange, I-35 exit 108A, northern end of I-35 concurrency
168.0270.4 US 77 (Classen Boulevard)Parclo interchange
Pottawatomie190.6306.7 SH-102
Tecumseh198.4319.3 US 177 / SH-3W
203.6327.7 SH-9AWestern end of SH-9A concurrency
Earlsboro204.8329.6 SH-9AEastern end of SH-9A concurrency
SeminoleSeminole212.5342.0File:Oklahoma State Highway 3E.svg US 270 / SH-3E
214.5345.2 US 377 / SH-99
224.6361.5 SH-56
Hughes228.0366.9 SH-48
235.0378.2 SH-27Southern terminus of SH-27
Wetumka237.3381.9 US 75
Dustin250.5403.1 SH-84Southern terminus of SH-84
McIntosh256.3412.5 Indian Nation TurnpikeINT exit 92.
259.2417.1 SH-52Northern terminus of SH-52
Eufaula276.4444.8 US 69Parclo interchange
US 69 Bus.
Northern end of US-69 Bus. concurrency
US 69 Bus.
Southern end of US-69 Bus. concurrency
Pittsburg281.5453.0 SH-9AEastern terminus of SH-9A
HaskellEnterprise291.9469.8 SH-71
Whitefield300.3483.3File:Oklahoma State Highway 2.svg SH-2
Stigler306.8493.7 SH-82Northern terminus of SH-82
316.6509.5File:Oklahoma State Highway 26.svg SH-26Northern terminus of SH-26
Le Flore328.2528.2 US 59Western end of US-59 concurrency
333.7537.0 US 59 / US 271Eastern end of US-59 concurrency, western end of US-271 concurrency
Braden343.2552.3 SH-9ASouthern terminus of SH-9A
345.4555.9 SH-112Western end of SH-112 concurrency
347.4559.1 SH-112Eastern end of SH-112 concurrency
Oklahoma–Arkansas state line348.1560.2 I-540 / US 271 continue east into Arkansas
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c Google (2012-09-10). "Oklahoma State Highway 9" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  2. ^ a b c Google (2012-09-11). "Oklahoma State Highway 9" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  3. ^ a b c Google (2012-09-13). "Oklahoma State Highway 9" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Oklahoma Department of Transportation. "Memorial Dedication and Revision History". Retrieved 2007-11-04.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h 2007 Centennial State Map (Map). Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
  6. ^ Oklahoma State Highway System (PDF) (Map) (1927 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Highways. Retrieved 2007-11-06.
  7. ^ Map Showing Condition of Improvement of the State Highway System (PDF) (Map) (1931 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Highways. Retrieved 2007-11-06.
  8. ^ Map Showing Condition of Improvement of the State Highway System and Landing Fields (PDF) (Map) (1936 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Highways. Retrieved 2007-11-06.
  9. ^ Map Showing Condition of Improvement of the State Highway System (PDF) (Map) (1938 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Highways. Retrieved 2007-11-06.
  10. ^ Map Showing Condition of Improvement of the State Highway System (PDF) (Map) (1941 ed.). Oklahoma Department of Highways. Retrieved 2007-11-06.
  11. ^ "I–40 Webbers Falls Local Detour Route & Map". Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  12. ^ Cannon, Jane Glen (2008-09-17). "Highway widening talks continue". The Oklahoman. p. VI 1.
  13. ^ "State Details Widening Plan For Oklahoma Highway 9". KGOU. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2023.
  14. ^ "SH-9 from Pecan Creek to SH-102". sh9.transportationplanroom.com. Retrieved 14 March 2023.
  15. ^ "ODOT selects new interchange design for I-35 and SH-9 West in McClain County". Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved 14 March 2023.
  16. ^ "I-35/SH-9/Lindsey Street Project". Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved 14 March 2023.

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