Farm to Market Road 270
|Egret Bay Boulevard|
|Length:||5.064 mi (8.150 km)|
|Existed:||1945, current form 1970 – present|
|South end:||FM 646 in League City|
|North end:||NASA 1 in Houston|
Farm to Market Road 270, or FM 270 or Urban Road 270 is a state highway in the U.S. state of Texas located inside the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. Locally, the road is known as Egret Bay Boulevard.
The short highway travels southeast (parallel to Interstate 45) from NASA Road 1 west of the Johnson Space Center to FM 646 in nearby League City, crossing over Clear Creek and the Galveston County line. At NASA Parkway, it joins with El Camino Real, which extends to FM 2351. The road mainly serves local neighborhoods.
FM 270 begins at an intersection with FM 646 in League City, Galveston County, heading north-northwest on two-lane Egret Bay Boulevard. The road heads past residential areas to the west and fields to the east before passing through more fields and reaching an intersection with SH 96. The highway continues into a mix of residential and commercial areas with some fields and trees. FM 270 becomes a five-lane road with a center left-turn lane and continues through more developed areas, turning northwest and crossing FM 518. The road widens to seven lanes total and passes businesses before heading into wooded areas and crossing the Clear Creek into the Clear Lake City section of Houston in Harris County. FM 270 heads through residential areas before passing commercial establishments and ending at an interchange with NASA Road 1. Past here, the road becomes El Camino Real.
The original FM 270 was established in 1945 in Hopkins County as a route from Sulphur Bluff to the village of Dike. It was extended south 4.1 miles to a road intersection in 1948. The next year, it extended south to SH 11. In 1951, it extended south to a road intersection, replacing FM 1698. The next year, it extended northeastward from Dike to a road intersection. In 1955, it extended east and north to SH 11 in Pickton and north to FM 71. In 1958, it extended north 2 miles from FM 71. The route was cancelled in 1959 and the highway was transferred to FM 69 and FM 269.
The highway was reestablished in 1970, running from NASA Road 1 to FM 518 and was extended in 1987 to its current distance. In 1995, the state of Texas officially canceled the road in favor of an Urban Road designation, but the designation is only used by the state itself.
|Galveston||League City||0.000||0.000||FM 646 (16th Street)|
|SH 96 (League City Parkway)|
|FM 518 (East Main Street)|
|Harris||Houston||5.064||8.150||NASA 1 (East NASA Parkway)||Interchange|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Farm to Market Road No. 270". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation.
- Google Inc. "overview of Farm to Market Road 270". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Egret+Bay+Blvd%2FS+Farm-To-Market+Rd+270%2FSt+Christopher&daddr=Egret+Bay+Blvd%2FFarm-To-Market+Rd+270+N&hl=en&sll=29.544396,-95.101283&sspn=0.009054,0.021136&geocode=Fc70wQEdV4NV-g%3BFbLUwgEdmstU-g&vpsrc=0&mra=ls&t=h&z=13. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
- Texas Department of Transportation (2010). County Grid Map 583 (Map). http://www.txdot.gov/travel/countymapbook2006/Pages/583.pdf. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
- Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Urban Road No. 270". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation.