Interstate 44

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Interstate 44 marker

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Interstate 44 (I-44) is a major highway in the central United States. Its western terminus is in Wichita Falls, Texas at a concurrency with US 277, US 281 and US 287; its eastern terminus is at the Illinois state line on the Poplar Street Bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri at a concurrency with Interstate 55, Interstate 64, Interstate 70, and US 40 (as per the Federal Highway Administration [1] ). I-44 is one of five interstates built to bypass U.S. Route 66; this highway covers the section between St. Louis and Oklahoma City. Virtually the entire length of the I-44 east of Springfield, Missouri was once US 66, which was upgraded from two to four lanes from 1949 to 1955. The section of I-44 west of Springfield was built farther south than US 66 in order to connect Missouri's section with the already completed Will Rogers Turnpike, which Oklahoma wished to carry their part of I-44.

I-44 is referenced in the song "Convoy" by C.W. McCall.


Route description


I-44 begins in Wichita Falls and runs almost due north to the Texas-Oklahoma border at the Red River. Texas' segment of I-44, only about 15 miles (24 km), is far shorter than the highway's mileage in Oklahoma and Missouri. In Wichita Falls, I-44 runs concurrent with US-277, US-281, and US-287, and is known locally as the "Central Freeway".

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