Texas State Highway 44

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State Highway 44 marker

State Highway 44
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 128.9 mi[1] (207.4 km)
Existed: by 1938 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 83
 

I‑35 in Encinal
US 59 near Freer
US 281 near Alice

I‑69E / US 77 in Robstown
East end: SH 358 in Corpus Christi
Highway system
I‑44 I‑45
FM 862 FM 863 FM 864

State Highway 44 is a Texas state highway that runs from west of Encinal to Corpus Christi, Texas. This highway is also known as the Cesar Chavez Memorial Highway outside the city limits of Robstown, Banquete, Agua Dulce, Alice and Corpus Christi in Nueces and Jim Hogg Counties.

History[edit]

Historic SH 44

SH 44 was originally proposed in 1919 as a connector route between Waco and Giddings. By 1926, construction was continuing on the highway, with the southern terminus extended south to LaGrange, and was cosigned with U.S. Highway 77. By 1938, this route had been fully converted to US 77, with a new designation from Sinton to Alice via Robstown over former SH 128. In 1939, the section from Sinton to Robstown was reassigned as an exteinsion of SH 96designation. The eastern terminus was shifted to Corpus Christi. The western terminus was then extended to Freer in 1940. The section west of Freer approximately 56.4 miles (90.8 km) was Farm to Market Road 863[2] which traveled west to United States Route 83 in Webb County, today's State Highway 44 terminus.

Image of FM 863 highway shield. The square shield has a white symbol in the shape of Texas as the state appears on maps on a black background. Inside this symbol is the number 863. The black background contains the word FARM in the upper right corner and the word ROAD in the lower left corner.

From 1948 to 1953, FM 863 went from Beaver Creek to the town of Hilda which became RM 648 and is now RM 783. FM 863 was designated over a new route and part of FM 133 from Encinal to Freer in 1953. Before 1955, FM 863 ended at the Webb/Lasalle County Line. In 1990 FM 863 mileage was transferred to State Highway 44.

Possible future[edit]

A Bill has been submitted by House Representative Blake Farenthold to Congress to approve turning Texas State Highway 44 into an Interstate Highway. The Bill is called H.R. 4523 or 44 to 69 Act of 2014.[3] The plans are to turn Texas State Highway 44 into an interstate highway between Freer, Texas (where it will intersect I-69W) and Corpus Christi, Texas (about 73 miles (117 km)) in order to have a network of interstate highways connecting Laredo, Texas (the largest inland port on the United States–Mexican border) with Corpus Christi (a major seaport and manufacturing center). In Corpus Christi, State Highway 44 is already at interstate highway standard and it is a four-lane divided highway westward to the city of San Diego, Texas. The 23 miles from San Diego to Freer is a two-lane section.[4]

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Webb   0.0 0.0 US 83 – Asherton, Laredo Western terminus
La Salle Encinal I‑35 Bus. south (Main Street) West end of I-35 Bus. overlap
I‑35 / I‑35 Bus. – San Antonio, Laredo East end of I-35 Bus. overlap
Duval   US 59 south – Laredo West end of US 59 overlap; future I-69W
Freer SH 16 – Hebbronville
US 59 north – George West East end of US 59 overlap; future I-69W
  FM 3196 south – Benavides
San Diego SH 359 south – Benavides West end of SH 359 overlap
Jim Wells Alice US 281 – George West, Falfurrias Future I-69C

Bus. US 281 (Johnson Street)
SH 359 north – Mathis East end of SH 359 overlap
Nueces Agua Dulce FM 70 – Sandia, Bishop
Banquette FM 666 – San Patricio
Robstown
Bus. SH 44 east (Western Avenue)

Bus. US 77 (Park Street)
I‑69E north / US 77 north – Victoria West end of I-69E/US 77 overlap

US 77 south / Bus. SH 44 (Avenue A) – Kingsville
East end of I-69E/US 77 overlap; current end of I-69E
  FM 1694
  McKenzie Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; west end of freeway
  Clarkwood Road – Clarkwood
  Frontage Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
  International Drive – Corpus Christi International Airport
Corpus Christi Hopkins Road Westbound exit only
Talbert Road Eastbound exit and entrance

Bus. SH 44 east (Agnes Street)
Eastbound exit only
Heinsohn Road Westbound exit for Bus. SH 44
SH 358 (Padre Island Drive) to I‑37Port of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi NAS, Padre Island Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Texas Department of Transportation, [1]
  2. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Farm to Market Road No. 863". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. 
  3. ^ Congress.gov: H.R. 4523
  4. ^ Bill Would Add SH 44 to I-69 Priority Corridor