Texas Recreational Road 2

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Recreational Road 2
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 7.198 mi[1] (11.584 km)
Existed: June 1, 1970 (1970-06-01)[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: Boat-launch ramp near Rough Canyon Colonia
East end: US 277 / US 377
Location
Counties: Val Verde
Highway system
RE 255 RE 3

Recreational Road 2 (RE 2) is a Recreational Road located in Val Verde County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Texas. The highway is approximately 7.2 miles (11.6 km) in length, and connects the Rough Canyon Colonia portion of the Amistad National Recreation Area to U.S. Highway 277 (US 227) and US 377. The roadway travels through mainly rural areas. A road first appeared in the location of RE 2 around 1940. RE 2 was officially designated in June of 1970, and was just the second Recreational Road formed at the time.

Route description[edit]

RE 2 begins at a small boat-launch ramp on the Amistad Reservoir in the Rough Canyon Colonia region of the Amistad National Recreation Area. From this terminus, the highway proceeds as a two-lane, paved road, which travels through a small parking lot and turns northeastward. The road continues northeast as it passes the Rough Canyon Marina and the Rough Canyon Colonia camping area on the eastern edge of the park. It continues northeast, passing several houses and independent camp sites and intersecting several small roads before it enters rural areas. The highway intersects Cam Real Road, which leads to the Devils Shores community and the surrounding area. The route bends eastward, passing a small parking lot and intersecting a small road before it continues into rural areas again. Proceeding, the highway bends northeastward and travels over a small unnamed wash. The roadway intersects several small ranch roads before bending further northeast. It continues a short distance before reaching its eastern terminus, an at-grade intersection with US 277/US 377.[2][3]

An image of a lak, surrounded by shrubs
The Amistad Reservoir, served by RE 2

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) publishes yearly reports of the highway's annual average daily traffic (AADT), with counts usually taken near intersections. In 2011, the route's AADT was 310 vehicles, taken from a point to the west of the US 277/US 377 intersection.[4] This count was exactly the same as the one taken in 2010,[5] which in turn was a decrease from the count taken in 2009, when RE 2's AADT count was 440 vehicles.[6] No portion of the highway is listed on the National Highway System,[7] a network of roads important to the country's economy, defense, and mobility.[8]

History[edit]

A map of a road
A map of the road preceding RE 2, circa 1940

A road first appeared in the location of RE 2 around 1940. This road was an unimproved dirt route with a primitive bridge over a small creek near the middle of it. The road led to a small community made up of three residential buildings.[9] By 1951, the highway's bridge had been converted to a small concrete dip which allowed the creek to flow through it.[10] By 1956, this road had been improved to a graded, drained gravel surface.[11] By 1961, it had been improved to a metal surface, and had been straightened along the eastern portion. Two additional concrete dips had been constructed, over two small creeks connecting to Devils River. In addition, the community which the road served had expanded to five residential buildings.[12] On April 1, 1970, RE 2 was officially designated by TxDOT.[1] RE 2, along with Recreational Road 255, became the first routes designated as "recreational roads" by the Texas State Highway Department.[13][14] However, both highways still had to be approved by the Highway Department's Administration Circle; RE 255 was approved on April 15, 1970, making it the first official highway.[15] RE 2 was approved by the Administration Circle on June 1, 1970, making it the second route officially designated as a recreational road.[1] Since RE 2's designation, each recreational road has been numbered sequentially.[14] Between 1970 and 1972, the highway was paved, and the concrete dips replaced with drainage pipes. One of the route's bends was straightened, shortening it from 7.4 miles (11.9 km) to about 7.2 miles (11.6 km) in length.[16] The highway has not undergone any major rerouting or redesignation since.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire highway is in Val Verde County.

Location Mile[17] km Destinations Notes
Rough Canyon Colonia 0.000 0.000 Amistad National Recreation Area boat-launch ramp Western end of state maintenance
1.088 1.751 Cam Real Street (CR 219) Southern terminus of CR 219
1.479 2.380 Alamo Drive (CR 39) Southern terminus of CR 39
  7.198 11.584 US 277 / US 377 Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Recreational Road No. 2". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Google Inc. "Overview Map of Texas Recreational Road 2". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Rough+Canyon+Rd+2&daddr=St+Recreational+Rd+2&hl=en&ll=29.598237,-100.904961&spn=0.178815,0.220757&sll=29.582676,-100.979161&sspn=0.022355,0.027595&geocode=FZhNwwEdGDn7-Q%3BFVzCwwEdEef8-Q&t=h&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=15&z=12. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  3. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 258. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/258.pdf. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  4. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2011) (PDF). Laredo District Base Sheets (Map). Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2011 ed.). Map 3. http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/tpp/traffic_counts/2011/lrd_base.pdf. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2010) (PDF). Laredo District Base Sheets (Map). Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2010 ed.). Map 3. http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/tpp/traffic_counts/2010/lrd_base.pdf. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  6. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2009) (PDF). Laredo District Base Sheets (Map). Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2009 ed.). Map 3. http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/tpp/traffic_counts/2009/lrd_base.pdf. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  7. ^ Federal Highway Administration (March 2005) (PDF). National Highway System: West Texas (Map). Cartography by FHWA. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/national_highway_system/nhs_maps/west_texas/tx_texaswest.pdf . Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  8. ^ Slater, Rodney E. (Spring 1996). "The National Highway System: A Commitment to America's Future". Public Roads (Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration) 59 (4). ISSN 0033-3735. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ Texas State Highway Department (Revised to February 1, 1940). General Highway Map Val Verde County Texas (Map). 1 in=2 mi. Cartography by State-Wide Highway Planning Survey (1936 ed.). OCLC 45871736. https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=5013. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  10. ^ Texas State Highway Department (Revised to January 1, 1951). General Highway Map Val Verde County Texas (Map). 1 in=2 mi. Cartography by State-Wide Highway Planning Survey (1947 ed.). OCLC 45871736.
  11. ^ Shell Oil Company (1956). Highway Map of Texas (Map). 1 in=26 mi. Cartography by H.M. Gousha Company (1956 ed.). Section K7. OCLC 176222198.
  12. ^ Texas State Highway Department (Revised to January 1, 1961). General Highway Map Val Verde County Texas (Map). 1 in=4 mi. Cartography by Planning Survey Division (1958 ed.). OCLC 45871736. https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=5320. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  13. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Recreational Road Facts". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Highway Designation Files: Search for 'RE–Recreational Road'". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  15. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Recreational Road No. 255". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  16. ^ United States Geological Survey (1972). Rough Canyon Quadrangle (Map). 1:24000. 7.5 Minute Series (Topographic). Cartography by USGS.
  17. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2013). Statewide Planning Map (Map). Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division. http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/transportation-planning/maps/statewide-planning.html. Retrieved April 2, 2013.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing