Texas State Highway 178

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State Highway 178 marker

State Highway 178
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 2.860 mi[1] (4.603 km)
Existed: 1991 – present
Major junctions
West end: NM 136 between El Paso and Santa Teresa, NM
  SH 20 in El Paso
East end: I-10 / US 85 / US 180 in El Paso
Location
Counties: El Paso
Highway system
SH 177 SH 179

State Highway 178 or SH 178 is a Texas state highway in the city of El Paso in El Paso County maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The 3.0-mile (4.8 km) route designated in 1991 connects New Mexico State Road 136 at the New Mexico state line between El Paso and Santa Teresa, NM to a freeway carrying Interstate 10, U.S. Route 85, and U.S. Route 180 on the west side of El Paso. The route together with NM 136 is a major urban roadway connecting an international border crossing with I-10. The route also has an important intersection with SH 20.

The route's numerical designation was previously assigned to a road in the Texas Panhandle during the 1930s. An extension to the current route potentially doubling its length was considered and rejected in recent years.

History[edit]

Hartley and Moore counties[edit]

SH 178 was previously proposed by 1933 as a connector route between the cities of Hartley and Dumas in Hartley and Moore counties in the Texas Panhandle.[2] By 1936, the Hartley County portion had been completed[3] with the Moore County portion following by 1940.[4] The route had been reassigned as US 87 during the 1939 general redescription of the state highway system.[5]

El Paso County[edit]

The current route in El Paso was designated in 1991. TxDOT proposed extending the route an additional 3 miles (5 km) to Loop 375 in 1994, but those plans were dropped in 2007.[1]

Route description[edit]

SH 178 is a major urban thoroughfare on El Paso's west side that is locally known as Artcraft Rd. The route is a four to six-lane divided highway beginning at NM 136, or Pete V. Domenici International Highway, at the New Mexico state line between El Paso and Santa Teresa in Doña Ana County, NM. The route proceeds east along Artcraft Rd. crossing the Rio Grande shortly before intersecting SH 20 at Doniphan Dr. The route then continues east ending at the combined I-10, US 85, and US 180 freeway where the roadway continues eastward as Paso del Norte Rd.

SH 178 and NM 136 together form a connection between the Santa Teresa-San Jerónimo, Chih. Port of Entry and I-10 bypassing Sunland Park, NM, Santa Teresa, and central El Paso.[6]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in El Paso, El Paso County.

Mile[6] km Destinations Notes
0 0 NM 136 (Pete V. Domenici International Hwy.) – Santa Teresa, NM, San Jerónimo, Chih. Western terminus at New Mexico state line
2.2 3.5 SH 20 (Doniphan Dr.) – Socorro, Canutillo
3.0 4.8 I-10 / US 85 / US 180 – Socorro, Anthony Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

Geographic data related to Texas State Highway 178 at OpenStreetMap