Interstate 44 in Texas

This article is about the section of Interstate 44 in Texas. For the entire route, see Interstate 44.

Interstate 44

Route information

Maintained by TxDOT

14.77 mi[2] (23.77 km)

1982[1] – present

Major junctions

West end:
US 82 / US 277 / US 281 / US 287 in Wichita Falls

US 287 in Wichita Falls

East end:
I‑44 / US-277 / US-281 at Oklahoma state line

Highway system

Interstate Highway System


Highways in Texas



← SH 43

SH 44 →

In the U.S. state of Texas, Interstate 44 has a short but regionally important 14.77-mile (23.77 km) stretch, connecting Wichita Falls with Oklahoma. Its entire length is concurrent with U.S. Highway 277 and U.S. Highway 281. I-44 provides access to downtown Wichita Falls and Sheppard Air Force Base. The Interstate 44, US-277, US-281, US-287 concurrency is known as “Central Freeway” throughout the city. For example, I-44 East is known as “Central Freeway East.”


1 Route description
2 History
3 Exit list
4 References

Route description[edit]
I-44 begins near exit 1 in Wichita Falls concurrent with US 277, US 281 and US 287. US 281 and US 287 continue to the south while US 277 leaves the concurrency at exit 1, which also provides access to US 82. I-44 heads north through Wichita Falls to an interchange with US 287 and Spur 325. US 287 leaves the concurrency as a freeway to the west while Spur 325 leaves the interchange towards the northeast providing access to Sheppard Air Force Base and Wichita Falls Municipal Airport. I-44 continues to the north as it leaves the Wichita Falls city limits at Bacon Switch Road. The freeway enters the Burkburnett city limits south of an interchange at FM 3429. Heading north through the city, I-44 has interchanges with SH 240 and Spur 383. After passing Spur 383, I-44 begins to head towards the northeast before its final interchange in Texas at Loop 267. I-44 leaves the state of Texas at its crossing of the Red River and enters Oklahoma.[3]
Interstate 44 was signed south from Oklahoma City past I-40, along the H. E. Bailey Turnpike, in 1982. This expanded the interstate by some 100 miles to Texas. This additional signage included the Red River Expressway in Burkburnett and the Central Freeway in Wichita Falls, to 8th street (being concurrent with US 277