Texas State Highway 70

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State Highway 70 marker

State Highway 70
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 315.886 mi[1] (508.369 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 277 south of Blackwell
  SH 153
I-20 / US 84 in Sweetwater
US 180 in Roby
SH 92 in Rotan
US 380 in Jayton
SH 208
US 82 / SH 114 in Dickens
US 62 / US 70 in Matador
SH 86 in Turkey
SH 256
US 287 in Clarendon
I-40
US 60 / SH 152 in Pampa
North end: US 83 south of Perryton
Location
Counties: Coke, Nolan, Fisher, Kent, Dickens, Motley, Hall, Briscoe, Donley, Gray, Roberts, Ochiltree
Highway system
SH 69 SH 71

State Highway 70 (SH 70) is a state highway in Texas. The route runs approximately 315 miles (507 km) from US 277 near Blackwell to US 83 south of Perryton.[1][2][3]

Route description[edit]

SH 70 begins in far northeastern Coke County at a junction with US 277 north of Bronte.[2] The highway soon crosses into Nolan County, where it serves as the northern terminus of SH 153.[4] The first large city along SH 70's route is Sweetwater; here, the route is concurrent with Interstate 20 and US 84 along the south side of the city, between IH 20's Exits #244 and #247, before it resumes its northward course and enters Fisher County.[5] SH 70 intersects US 180 in Roby and SH 92 in Rotan.[6] Continuing north into Kent County, the route begins a concurrency with US 380 that lasts until Jayton.[7] In Dickens County, SH 70 serves as the northern terminus of SH 208 and passes through the east and north side of Spur before reaching Dickens and an intersection with US 82 / SH 114.[8][9] After heading almost due north from here, the route enters Motley County and passes through the town of Roaring Springs.[10] The next major city along the route is Matador, where SH 70 and US 70 intersect one another (along with US 62).[11] After leaving Matador, SH 70 enters Hall County, where it has a brief concurrency with SH 86 through Turkey.[12] The highway then briefly turns to the northwest and enters Briscoe County, beginning a brief concurrency with SH 256, before turning to the west and reentering Hall County; the two routes separate near the community of South Brice.[13] SH 70 resumes a more northerly path into Donley County, and has a short concurrency with US 287 through Clarendon.[14] After the two routes separate, SH 70 heads due north to a junction with Interstate 40 at its Exit #124, near the Donley–Gray County line.[15] Northbound SH 70 is concurrent with the freeway for about 3.5 mi (5.6 km) before the routes split at IH 40 Exit #121. SH 70 continues north into Pampa, where it intersects US 60 and has a half-mile duplex with SH 152. After leaving Pampa, the route turns more to the north-northeast, and enters the sparsely-populated Roberts County, where its only intersections are with a few farm to market roads that connect to the county seat of Miami.[16][17] SH 70 then enters Ochiltree County and reaches its northern terminus at US 83 south of Perryton.[3] While the current official route description of SH 70 indicates a concurrency with US 83 to a junction with SH 15 in Perryton, that roadway is presently signed only as US 83, which agrees with TxDOT's County Map Book, and signage in Perryton at the SH 15 junction with US 83 directs traffic to SH 70 using "TO SH 70" markers.[1][3]

History[edit]

SH 70 was originally designated in 1926 from Aspermont to just northeast of San Angelo along a portion of the original SH 4, which had been shifted farther east. By 1933, the route had been rerouted north to Jayton, replacing SH 84A. In 1938, SH 70 was extended north from Jayton to Dickens, absorbing a portion of SH 18. Significant extension came in 1947, when SH 70 was extended to Perryton in the northern Panhandle; this was due to the realignment of US 62 between Matador and Ralls, bypassing Dickens, and the cancellation of SH 18 from Matador to Perryton.[18][19] The same year, US 277 was rerouted to a more westerly alignment between Abilene, Texas and San Angelo, Texas, and the section from just south of Blackwell to near San Angelo was transferred to that route.[1][20] In 1957, SH 70 was shifted to a more westerly alignment in Dickens, and Loop 120 was designated along the old route of SH 70 through the city.[21]

Business route[edit]

Texas Business 70-G.svg

Business State Highway 70-G
Location: Sweetwater
Length: 3.788 mi[22] (6.096 km)
Existed: 1990–present[22]

SH 70 has one business route, Business SH 70-G in Sweetwater, which is a former alignment of the state highway through that city. The route was designated in 1990, when SH 70 was rerouted along the south and east side of the city to use the I-20 freeway. The business route is also concurrent with BL I-20 through downtown Sweetwater.[22][23]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Coke   US 277 – San Angelo, Abilene Southern terminus
  FM 3399
Nolan Blackwell FM 1170
  SH 153 – Winters
  FM 608 – Maryneal
  FM 1809
  FM 1856 – Lake Sweetwater
Sweetwater I-20 west / US 84 west – Big Spring, Snyder

Bus. SH 70 – Downtown Sweetwater
South end of IH 20 / US 84 concurrency
I-20 east / US 84 east / BL I-20 – Abilene North end of IH 20 / US 84 concurrency; south end of IH 20 Bus. concurrency
BL I-20 North end of IH 20 Bus. concurrency

Bus. SH 70
Fisher   FM 2744
  FM 57 – Busby, Sylvester
Roby US 180 – Snyder, Anson
Rotan SH 92 / FM 611 – Hamlin
  FM 610 – Aspermont
Kent   US 380 west – Post South end of US 380 concurrency
  FM 1083
Jayton US 380 east – Aspermont North end of US 380 concurrency
FM 1083
FM 1228
Girard FM 643
Dickens   FM 3294
Steele Hill SH 208
Spur Loop 21 (6th St.) to FM 261
Loop 21 (Burlington Ave.) to FM 836
  FM 1868
  FM 1868
Dickens Loop 120
US 82 / SH 114 – Ralls, Guthrie
  Loop 120
  FM 193 – McAdoo, Afton
Motley   FM 3203
Roaring Springs Loop 42 (Poplar St.) / FM 684
Loop 42 (Second St.)
  FM 1045
Matador US 62 / US 70 – Floydada, Paducah
Spur 196 (Dundee St.)
  FM Spur 94 to FM 94
  FM 2999
  FM 2009
  FM 97 – Flomot
Hall Turkey SH 86 west (Main St.) – Quitaque, Tulia South end of SH 86 concurrency
  SH 86 east – Estelline North end of SH 86 concurrency
Briscoe   SH 256 west – Silverton South end of SH 256 concurrency
Hall South Brice SH 256 east – Memphis North end of SH 256 concurrency
Donley Clarendon US 287 south – Childress South end of US 287 concurrency
FM 2162 to FM 2362
US 287 north – Amarillo North end of US 287 concurrency
  I-40 east – Oklahoma City South end of IH 40 concurrency
  I-40 west – Amarillo North end of IH 40 concurrency
Gray   FM 2477 – Lake McClellan
  FM 293
  FM 749 – Bowers City
  Loop 171
Pampa FM 750 (McCullough St.)
US 60 / SH 152 east – Panhandle, Canadian, Wheeler South end of SH 152 concurrency
SH 152 west – Borger North end of SH 152 concurrency
  Loop 171
Roberts   FM 282 – Miami
  FM 283 – Miami
Ochiltree   FM 281
  FM 759 – Spearman
Ochiltree FM 3045 – Farnsworth
  US 83 – Perryton, Canadian Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway No. 70". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 278. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/278.pdf. Retrieved April 17, 2011.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b c Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 233. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/233.pdf. Retrieved April 17, 2011.[dead link]
  4. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 277. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/277.pdf. Retrieved April 17, 2011.[dead link]
  5. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 276. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/276.pdf. Retrieved April 17, 2011.[dead link]
  6. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 275. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/275.pdf. Retrieved April 17, 2011.[dead link]
  7. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 245. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/245.pdf. Retrieved April 17, 2011.[dead link]
  8. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 244. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/244.pdf. Retrieved April 17, 2011.[dead link]
  9. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 243. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/243.pdf. Retrieved April 17, 2011.[dead link]
  10. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 242. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/242.pdf. Retrieved April 17, 2011.[dead link]
  11. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 241. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/241.pdf. Retrieved April 17, 2011.[dead link]
  12. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 240. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/240.pdf. Retrieved April 17, 2011.[dead link]
  13. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 239. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/239.pdf. Retrieved April 17, 2011.[dead link]
  14. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 238. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/238.pdf. Retrieved April 17, 2011.[dead link]
  15. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 237. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/237.pdf. Retrieved April 17, 2011.[dead link]
  16. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 235. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/235.pdf. Retrieved April 17, 2011.[dead link]
  17. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 234. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/234.pdf. Retrieved April 17, 2011.[dead link]
  18. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "U.S. Highway No. 62". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  19. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway No. 18". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  20. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "U.S. Highway No. 277". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  21. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway Loop No. 120". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  22. ^ a b c Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Business State Highway No. 70-G". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  23. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Business Interstate Highway No. 20-M". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 17, 2011.