End of US highway 277

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Additional research and/or photo credits: Karin and Martin Karner; Stephen Taylor; Cary Todd; me

Approx. time period North terminus South terminus
1930-1952 Oklahoma City, OK Del Rio, TX
1952-1965 Oklahoma City, OK Carrizo Springs, TX
1966-present Newcastle, OK Carrizo Springs, TX

Until about 1951 the south end of US 277 was in Del Rio TX, at the international border. The highway came into town with US 90 from the north (as it does today), but at Gibbs Street, US 277 did not turn east with US 90. Rather, it continued south over the railroad via today's Spur 297. At Garfield Street, US 277 turned southwest. At some point the roadname changes to Las Vacas Street; US 277 followed that all the way to its end. At Frontera Road traffic was directed southeast to the present-day customs station. You can no longer do that today, because the Border Patrol has gated off Frontera after its intersection with Alderete Lane:

me, Aug. 2013; click here to view full-res version

US 277 used to continue straight through there. It's only about 100 yards to the customs area, where there's another gate; the photo below was taken from there, looking the opposite direction:

Google Maps Street View, Mar. 2013

At left is the port of entry to Mexico, and the historic south end of US 277. At right you can see Frontera behind the gate (and if you look closely, you can see the backside of the "Warning" and "Stop" signs shown in the first photo). US 277 traffic used that road, then turned right on Las Vacas to get to Del Rio.

In about 1951, that became the terminus of "Spur US 277", because mainline 277 was extended southeast to Carrizo Springs. The photos below show the last southbound sign - as well as the actual terminus, which is at the stoplight in the background:


left: Taylor, 2000 -- right: Karners, Dec. 2014

That's looking southeast on Pena Street; the stoplight is at First Street, which serves as US 83. Here is the sign assembly posted at that junction:

me, Aug. 2013; click here to view full-res version

The shot below is looking southwest on First, at the intersection with Pena:

Taylor, 2000

Below is a close-up of the signage at that turn...

me, Aug. 2013; click here to view full-res version

...and next is a photo from the opposite direction (north on US 83):

me, Aug. 2013; click here to view full-res version

If you take that left turn onto Pena, you'll soon see the first northbound US 277 sign:

me, Aug. 2013; click here to view full-res version


The reason US 277 is numbered as such is because it originally went all the way into Oklahoma City, to a junction with its parent route (US 77).  From its current endpoint, US 277 originally continued due north on Meridian Road (duplexed with US 62).  Part of the bridge that traffic used to cross the Canadian River is still there, just west of the I-44 bridges.  At the time, the airport was only on the west side of Meridian, so US 62-277 simply continued due north (straight through what is now the middle of the airport).  At Newcastle Road, the routes went northeast, and then east on 29th Street.  The shot below was taken looking that direction at Robinson Avenue, which historically served as US 77:

Todd, 2000

At this point, 29th carried US 62/277. US 277 ended here, but 62 turned left onto Robinson, to be co-signed with US 77 into downtown.  The photo below is looking north on Robinson:

Todd, 2000

The traffic light is at 29th. This was northbound US 77, and once beyond that signal, that would've been eastbound US 62 as well. Westbound US 62 was to the left.  Also that direction was the north beginning of US 277.


During the 1960s, not only was OKC's freeway system being developed, but there was also a need to vacate a segment of Meridian Road so that the airport could expand to the east side.  Since US 62 was a through route, traffic was redirected onto what is now I-44 and I-240.  But US 277 was not a through route, so the Oklahoma DoT had to determine where the designation should end.  A purist would argue that the route still should've connected with US 77.  On the other hand, a minimalist might've pointed out that there was no longer any need for the northernmost 37 miles of US 277: since that entire segment was overlapped with other US routes, the designation may as well have been truncated to its junction with US 81 in Ninnekah.  But OKDoT didn't choose either option.  Instead, they let US 277 continue to exist as far as possible along its original route.  At the point where US 62 was redirected onto I-44, the US 277 designation was truncated. That interchange is within the city limits of Newcastle (an OKC suburb). The photo below shows the northernmost US 277 sign; that's on Meridian (or Main Street), about 3/4 mile south of the interchange with I-44 (locally known as the H.E. Bailey Turnpike):

Todd

Note the "East US 62" marker, because they got it wrong on the sign below:

Todd

There's no "End" sign at the north terminus of US 277 - only the sign shown above. Even though you do travel north to get to OK City, US 62 is an east-west highway... and that "North" has since been corrected to "East". Here's the north beginning of US 277, as viewed from the exit on westbound I-44:

Todd

The sign posted in the gore is shown close-up below:

Google Maps Street View, May 2012

Immediately after that, the first standalone trailblazer is posted:

Google Maps Street View, May 2012

My personal opinion is: since US 277 no longer connects with US 77 anyway, this 30-mile overlap with US 62 is pointless.  The 7-mile overlap with US 81 (between Chickasha and Ninnekah) is appropriate, because it allows the north-south US 277 to junction with an east-west route (US 62).  But there's no reason for US 277 to exist between here and the point where it splits off from US 62 in Chickasha.