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U.S. 271

Highway Review:
U.S. 271 heads through southeast and far east-central Oklahoma. It comes into the Sooner State north of Paris, Texas, and begins a duplex with OK 109 two miles north of the state line. After OK 109 leaves the duplex, U.S. 271 spurs off a lettered route, OK 271A, which is mostly signed as U.S. 271. Either way, that highway connects to the town of Goodland. Just north of OK 271A, U.S. 271 bypasses the Choctaw County seat of Hugo on a 4-lane freeway bypass. U.S. 271 is duplexed with U.S. 70 for eight miles. Thirteen miles after leaving U.S. 70 behind, U.S. 271 enters the Pushmataha County seat of Antlers. This marks the southern end of a scenic route through the Kiamichi Mountains along U.S. 271. The highway goes through several small communities, and intersects OK 144, but other than that, there is not much more than mountain scenery for 36 miles until U.S. 271 reaches Clayton (pop. 719).

In Clayton, U.S. 271 begins a short duplex with OK 2. U.S. 271 then begins heading more to the east for a while and heads toward Talihina. Northeast of Talihina, the Talimena Drive begins along OK 1. This drive is very scenic and provides some of the greatest scenery Oklahoma has to offer. Sixteen miles north of the Talimena Drive's western end, U.S. 271 begins a duplex with U.S. 270 that lasts for seven miles. Six miles after leaving U.S. 270 behind, U.S. 271 becomes duplexed with U.S. 59 and the two U.S. highways bypass the city of Poteau. The entire U.S. 59/U.S. 271 duplex is 4-lane divided highway, with an intersection at OK 31 and an interchange at OK 112, which is also the northern end of the Poteau bypass.

Three miles west of Spiro, U.S. 59 and U.S. 271 split and U.S. 271 begins a duplex with OK 9 that will last for the rest of the two highways' route in Oklahoma. After a 3-mile duplex with OK 112, U.S. 271 enters the state of Arkansas, and ends less than five miles later in Fort Smith.

Highway Information:
Distance: 159.6 miles
Counties traveled through: Choctaw, Pushmataha, Le Flore
Highway intersections: OK 109 (Mile 2.0), OK 109 (Mile 6.3), OK 271A (Mile 8.3), U.S. 70 (Mile 9.2), Indian Nation Turnpike (Mile 12.9), U.S. 70 (Mile 18.1), OK 3 (Mile 31.3), OK 3 (Mile 32.2), OK 144 (Mile 59.5), OK 2 (Mile 68.7), OK 2 (Mile 71.9), OK 63 (Mile 93.1), OK 1/OK 63 (Mile 93.7), OK 1 (Mile 101.8), U.S. 270 (Mile 116.9), U.S. 270 (Mile 122.5), U.S. 59 (Mile 129.5), OK 112 (Mile 134.4), OK 31 (Mile 141.9), U.S. 59/OK 9 (Mile 145.1), OK 9A (Mile 154.5), OK 112 (Mile 156.9), OK 112 (Mile 159.2)
Highway duplexes: OK 109 (Miles 2.0-6.3, 4.3 miles), U.S. 70 (Miles 9.2-18.1, 8.9 miles), OK 3 (Miles 31.3-32.2, 0.9 mile), OK 2 (Miles 68.7-71.9, 3.2 miles), OK 63 (Miles 93.1-93.7, 0.6 mile), OK 1 (Miles 93.7-101.8, 8.1 miles), U.S. 270 (Miles 116.9-122.5, 5.6 miles), U.S. 59 (Miles 129.5-145.1, 15.6 miles), OK 9 (Miles 145.1-159.6, 14.5 miles), OK 112 (Miles 156.9-159.2, 2.3 miles)

PICTURES

U.S. 271 South/OK 109 East at
OK 109 East. U.S. 271 will enter
Texas in two miles. (Photo taken
5/31/04)
U.S. 271 South at OK 109 West.
OK 109 will duplex with U.S. 271
for four miles. (Photo taken 5/31/04)
U.S. 271 South at U.S. 271A West.
U.S. 271A is shown as OK 271A on
the official Oklahoma state map, but
there is only one shield referring to
it as OK 271A. (Photo taken 5/31/04)
U.S. 70 West/U.S. 271 North
approaching the Indian Nation
Turnpike - 2 miles. (Photo taken
5/31/04)
U.S. 70 West/U.S. 271 North at Exit
1 - U.S. 70 West/U.S. 271 North -
Antlers/Durant. Straight ahead is the
northbound beginning of the Indian
Nation Turnpike. (Photo taken
5/31/04)
U.S. 271 North/OK 3 East assurance
shields in Antlers. The two highways
share a short duplex through the
seat of Pushmataha County. (Photo
taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 271 North/OK 3 East at U.S.
271 North. (Photo taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 271 North at OK 144 East.
(Photo taken 6/23/04)

U.S. 271 North at OK 2 South in
Clayton. (Top photo taken 5/25/04,
bottom photo taken 6/23/04)

U.S. 271/OK 2 North at U.S. 271
North. (Top photo taken 5/25/04,
bottom photo taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 271 South/OK 63 East at OK
63 East in Talihina. (Photo taken
6/23/04)
U.S. 270 West/U.S. 271 South at
U.S. 271 South. (Photo taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 270 West/U.S. 271 South
assurance shields in Wister. The two
federal highways have a nine-mile
duplex. (Photo taken 6/23/04)
U.S. 271 South at U.S. 270 East in
Wister. (Photo taken 6/23/04)
Officially, this is Business U.S. 59/
Business U.S. 271 South at U.S. 59
South - Heavener. U.S. 271 comes in
from the right. This is the southern end
of the Poteau bypass. (Photo taken
6/23/04)
U.S. 59/U.S. 271 North at U.S. 59/U.S.
271 - Poteau/Spiro. This is the northern
end of the Poteau bypass. OK 112
begins straight ahead. (Photo taken
5/21/04)
Business U.S. 59/Business U.S. 271
South at OK 112 North in Poteau.
(Photo taken 5/21/04)
U.S. 59/U.S. 271 South at U.S. 59
Bypass South. U.S. 59 and U.S. 271
both turn right here, but U.S. 271 is
not signed very well during the U.S.
59/U.S. 271 duplex. (Photo taken
5/21/04)
U.S. 59/U.S. 271 South at OK 31
West near Panama. This marks the
eastern terminus of OK 31, which
eventually goes through Kinta,
Quinton, Coalgate, and McAlester.
(Photo taken 5/21/04)
U.S. 271 South/OK 9 West at OK 9A
East. This is the eastern OK 9A,
which connects to OK 112 in
Arkoma at its other end. (Photo
taken 5/21/04)
U.S. 271 South/OK 9 West as the
highways prepare to cross the Poteau
River. (Photo taken 5/21/04)
U.S. 271/OK 112 South/OK 9 West
assurance shields just west of the
Arkansas state line. (Photo taken
5/21/04)
U.S. 271/OK 112 North/OK 9 East at
OK 112 North - Arkoma. (Photo
taken 5/21/04)
U.S. 271 South/OK 9 West at OK
112 North - Arkoma. (Photo taken
5/21/04)
U.S. 271 North approaching Exit 14 -
U.S. 271 North/AR 253 South - 1
mile. This sign is in Oklahoma, but
looks like it was made in Arkansas,
which lies 1/4 mile to the east of
this sign. (Photo taken 5/21/04)
U.S. 271 North assurance shield and
END OK 9 sign as U.S. 271 prepares
to enter Arkansas. The Welcome to
Arkansas sign is barely visible
behind the trees ahead. The change
in road surface marks the state line.
Interstate 540 begins 1/2 mile
ahead. (Photo taken 5/21/04)
"Welcome to Oklahoma" sign on
U.S. 271 South/OK 9 West. OK 112
North is 1/4 mile away. (Photo taken
5/21/04)