Texas State Highway 71

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State Highway 71 marker

State Highway 71
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 253.199 mi[1] (407.484 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 87.svgUS 377.svg US 87/US 377 near Brady

US 281.svg US 281
US 290.svg US 290 in Austin
I-35.svg I-35 in Austin
US 183.svg US 183 in Austin
US 77.svg US 77
US 90.svg US 90 in Columbus
I-10.svg I-10 in Columbus
Alt plate.svg
US 90.svg Alt. US 90

US 59.svg US 59
East end: Texas 35.svg SH 35 at Blessing
Counties: McCulloch, Mason, San Saba, Llano, Burnet, Blanco, Travis, Bastrop, Fayette, Colorado, Wharton, Matagorda
Highway system
SH 70 SH 72

State Highway 71 or SH 71 is a Texas state highway that runs 253 miles (407 km). The northern terminus is at US 87 and US 377 south of Brady and its southern terminus is at SH 35 near Blessing. This highway is designated the "10th Mountain Division Highway" from SH 95 to Interstate 35.


SH 71 was originally designated in 1926 from Austin to Columbus, absorbing SH 3D in the process. By 1928, SH 71 had extended to Matagorda Bay. In 1935, U.S. Highway 290 was codesignated along the stretch from Austin to Bastrop, dropping SH 71 from this section completely by 1939. In 1951, this section was restored when US 290 was rerouted farther north. Late in 1965, the highway was extended to its current designation over the cancelled Ranch to Market Road 93 and Ranch to Market Road 734.


Through Austin, SH 71 is known as Ben White Boulevard and is one of Austin's newest freeways. Sections have opened regularly since 1996, when the first section west of Interstate 35 was opened. A 5-level stack was recently[when?] completed at Interstate 35, and the freeway east of Interstate 35 to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport was recently completed.

Major displacements of commercial properties were required to build the Austin expansions. Most of the freeway had a 150 ft (46 m) wide right-of-way which was expanded to 300+ feet (91m+), and the western segment, which opened in 1998, was built on an 80 ft (24 m) right-of-way. The section at the western end required many more business displacements. The new freeway features depressed sections, elevated sections, and partial stack interchanges.

Counties and junctions[edit]

County Location Junction Notes
McCulloch Brady US 87 / US 377 – Brady, Mason
FM 2309 north – Brady
FM 1851 – Voca
FM 1851 south – Voca
FM 3293 west
Mason Fredonia RM 386 south – Mason
San Saba No major junctions in San Saba County
Mason RM 501 north – Cherokee
Llano SH 29 west – Mason West end of SH 29 overlap
Llano SH 29 east / SH 16 north – San Saba East end of SH 29 overlap; west end of SH 16 overlap
FM 152 west – Castell
SH 16 south – Fredericksburg East end of SH 16 overlap
FM 2233 east – Sunrise Beach Village
RM 962 south – Round Mountain
RM 2831 north
RM 2147 east – Horseshoe Bay, Cottonwood Shores, Marble Falls
Burnet US 281 – Marble Falls, Johnson City Interchange
Blanco No major junctions in Blanco County
Travis Bee Cave RM 3238 west – Dripping Springs
RM 620 east – Round Rock
RM 2244 – West Lake Hills
Austin US 290 west – Johnson City West end of US 290 overlap
William Cannon Drive
West end of freeway
Old Fredericksburg Road, Industrial Oaks Boulevard / Monterey Oaks Boulevard
Sunset Valley Loop 1 (Mo-Pac Expressway), Brodie Lane Southwest Parkway via westbound exit
West Gate Boulevard
West end of Ben White Boulevard
Loop 343 (South Lamar Boulevard), Loop 360 (Capital of Texas Highway) Victory Drive / Pack Saddle Pass via eastbound exit, Manchaca Road
Victory Drive / Pack Saddle Pass, Manchaca Road Westbound exit only
South First Street
Loop 275 (South Congress Avenue)
I‑35 / US 290 east – Waco, San Antonio, Houston East end of US 290 overlap
Woodward Street, Burleson Road / Todd Lane
Montopolis Drive
Frontage Road Unsigned eastbound exit
East end of freeway
Riverside Drive
US 183 (Bastrop Highway, Lockhart Highway) – Lampasas, Lockhart Interchange
East end of Ben White Boulevard
Thornberry Road
Spirit of Texas Drive – Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Service Entrance Interchange; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Presidential Boulevard / Cardinal Loop – Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Barbara Jordan Terminal Interchange
FM 973 north West end of FM 973 overlap
FM 973 south East end of FM 973 overlap
SH 45 / SH 130 – Georgetown, Mustang Ridge Interchange
Bastrop FM 1209
SH 21 west – San Marcos Interchange; west end of SH 21 overlap
FM 20 south – Lockhart West end of freeway
Bastrop FM 969 north – Webberville
SH 304 south – Gonzales
Loop 150 east (Chestnut Street) / Hasler Boulevard East end of freeway
SH 21 east / SH 95 north – Caldwell, Elgin East end of SH 21 overlap; West end of SH 95 overlap
Loop 150 west – Bastrop State Park
PR 1 east – Bastrop State Park
SH 95 south / FM 153 east – Smithville, Winchester East end of SH 95 overlap
Smithville FM 2571 west – Upton
Fayette Loop 543 east – West Point
FM 154 – Flatonia
Loop 543 west – West Point

Bus. SH 71 east – La Grange
West end of freeway
La Grange US 77 – Giddings, Schulenburg
SH 159 – La Grange, Industry

Bus. SH 71 east – La Grange
East end of freeway
FM 955 north – Fayetteville
Ellinger FM 2503 north – Frelsburg
Colorado FM 1890 west

Bus. SH 71 east – Columbus
West end of freeway
Columbus US 90 – Weimar, Columbus
I‑10 west – San Antonio West end of I-10 overlap
FM 806

I‑10 east / Bus. SH 71 west – Houston, Columbus
East end of I-10 overlap; east end of freeway
Alt. US 90 – Eagle Lake, Hallettsville
FM 1693 north
Garwood FM 950 north – Eagle Lake
Wharton FM 1160 south – Louise
New Taiton FM 961 east – Wharton
FM 2546
FM 2546 north
FM 1300 west
El Campo FM 2765
Loop 525
FM 1163 south
FM 1162 south – Markham
US 59 – Wharton, Edna
FM 2674 south
FM 441 north
Matagorda FM 1468 south – Markham
Midfield SH 111 west / FM 2431 east – Edna, Markham
FM 456 east
SH 35 – Port Lavaca, Bay City


  1. ^ Texas Department of Transportation, [1]