Farm to Market Road 544

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Farm to Market Road 544 marker

Farm to Market Road 544
Route information
Length: 13.10 mi[1] (21.08 km)
Existed: 1945 – present
Major junctions
West end: Texas 121.svg State Highway 121
  Dallas North Tollway.svg Dallas North Tollway
US 75.svg U.S. Highway 75
East end: Texas 78.svg State Highway 78
Highway system
FM 543 FM 545

Farm to Market Road 544 is a Farm to Market Road in Collin County, Texas that runs from State Highway 121 eastward to State Highway 78. FM 544 passes through the cities of Plano, Murphy, and Wylie within Denton and Collin Counties. The segment of FM 544 in Plano follows Parker Road, Plano Parkway, Charles Street, Hebron Parkway, Park Boulevard, Coit Road, 15th Street, G Avenue and 14th Street.[2] It was changed to UR 544 in 1995 by Texas Department of Transportation.

Like many Farm to Market Roads in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, little of it is rural due to rapid growth of the region, although it was such when it was designated. It is entirely surface route, much of it divided carriageway.

History[edit]

FM 544 was designated in 1945 from SH 78 at Wylie to Plano. In 1948, FM 544 extended west to SH 289 at Shepton. In 1951, FM 544 extended west to SH 121, replacing FM 1383 from SH 121 east 6 miles. In 1959, FM 544 extended south to the Dallas County Line. In 1978, the section from FM 544 from FM 3412 south to existing FM 544 was transferred to FM 1378, and the section of FM 544 from FM 1378 to SH 78 was renumbered as FM 3412. Existing FM 3412 became a rerouting of FM 544. In 1994, FM 544 extended west from old SH 121(now FM 2281) to current SH 121. In 1995, FM 544 became an urban road. In 2000, the section of FM 544 from SH 78 to the Dallas County line was removed from the state highway system and given to the city of Wylie.

Junction List[edit]

County Location Destinations Notes
Denton Lewisville SH 121 (Sam Rayburn Tollway)
FM 2281 (Old Denton Road)
Hebron Parker Road Must turn right to stay on UR 544
Collin Plano Dallas North Tollway.svg Dallas North Tollway
SH 289 (Preston Road)
US 75 (Central Expressway)
Murphy FM 2551 north (Murphy Road)
Wylie FM 1378 north (Country Club Road) / Woodbridge Parkway
SH 78 – Garland, Lavon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Urban Road No. 544". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. 
  2. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Farm to Market Road No. 544". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation.