Texas State Highway 72

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State Highway 72 marker

State Highway 72
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 111.73 mi[1][nb 1] (179.82 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
West end: SH 97 near Fowlerton
  US 281 in Three Rivers
I‑37 near Three Rivers
US 181 in Kenedy
US 87 near Cuero
East end:
Alt. US 77 / US 87 / US 183 in Cuero
Location
Counties: McMullen, Live Oak, Bee, Karnes, DeWitt
Highway system
SH 71 SH 73
FM 62 FM 63 FM 64
FM 3401 FM 3402 FM 3403

State Highway 72 (SH 72) is a Texas state highway that runs approximately 111 miles (179 km) from near Fowlerton to Cuero in South Texas.[1]

Route description[edit]

SH 72 begins in far western McMullen County, near the La Salle County line, at an intersection with SH 97 north of Fowlerton.[1][2] The highway has no major intersections until it intersects SH 16 north of Tilden.[3] The two routes run concurrently into Tilden, where SH 72 resumes its eastward path, passing south of Choke Canyon Reservoir and State Park before entering Live Oak County. The highway enters Three Rivers, where it intersects and runs concurrently with US 281 through the city center.[4] After separating from US 281, SH 72 takes a more northeasterly trajectory for the remainder of its journey. After crossing I‑37 at the freeway's exit #69, it continues through rural Live Oak County and briefly passes through Bee County before entering Karnes County.[5] In Kenedy, SH 72 intersects US 181 and passes through the city's downtown along Main Street; SH 72's only business route is also in this city. To the east of the city, SH 72 intersects SH 239 and passes through Runge before entering DeWitt County.[6][7] The highway passes through Yorktown along that city's Main Street, intersecting SH 119. SH 72 intersects US 87 to the west of Cuero before it turns to the east and into the city. SH 72 ends at Alt. US 77 / US 87 / US 183 on the south side of Cuero.[1]

History[edit]

SH 72 was originally proposed in 1926 from Yorktown to Carmine, absorbing previously designated SH 3B. By 1928, it extended to Kenedy. By 1939, its route had been readjusted, with the section north of Cuero transferred to US 77 and SH 237, and a section added from Kenedy to Cotulla. In 1942, the section from Cotulla to Three Rivers was either cancelled or transferred to SH 97 and Farm to Market Road 63.[8] In 1961, the section from Fowlerton to Three Rivers was transferred back to SH 72. The section from the junction with US 87 west of Cuero into the city was designated Farm to Market Road 3402 beginning in 1983; this section was combined with SH 72 in 1994, completing the current route.[1][9]

SH 72 has seen increased traffic due to oil and gas exploration of the Eagle Ford Formation; recent counts have indicated that traffic on SH 72 exceeds that on US 87 around Cuero. As a result, TxDOT is considering the addition of shoulders to SH 72 in western DeWitt County.[10]

Business route[edit]

Texas Business 72.svg

Business State Highway 72-B
Location: Kenedy
Length: 1.096 mi[11] (1.764 km)
Existed: 1982 (as Spur 542)–present[11]

SH 72 has one business route, Business SH 72-B in Kenedy, which is a former alignment of the state highway along Karnes Street through that city.[11] The route was designated as Spur 542 in 1982, when SH 72 was rerouted to use Main Street.[12] The western end of the business route is at Bus. US 181, which was renumbered from Spur 259 the same year.[13]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[14][15][nb 1] km Destinations Notes
McMullen   0.0 0.0 SH 97 – Fowlerton, Charlotte Western terminus
  15.6 25.1 SH 16 north – Jourdanton West end of SH 16 concurrency
Tilden 16.3 26.2 SH 16 south – Freer East end of SH 16 concurrency
  23.0 37.0 FM 99
  24.2 38.9 RE 7Choke Canyon Reservoir
  28.1 45.2 RE 8Choke Canyon State Park
Live Oak   32.1 51.7 FM 1545
  36.1 58.1 FM 1545
Three Rivers 39.1 62.9 US 281 north – Campbellton West end of US 281 concurrency
39.8 64.1 US 281 south – George West East end of US 281 concurrency
  42.3 68.1 I‑37 – Corpus Christi, San Antonio
  44.5 71.6 FM 1358 – Ray Point
  46.9 75.5 FM 2049
Bee Pawnee 56.8 91.4 FM 798
57.1 91.9 FM 673
  57.8 93.0 FM 882
Karnes Zunkerville 60.5 97.4 FM 626
  64.0 103.0 FM 2985
  70.6 113.6 FM 1145
Kenedy 71.2 114.6 FM 2102
71.6 115.2 US 181 – Beeville, Karnes City
72.0 115.9
Bus. US 181
72.3 116.4
Bus. US 181
72.4 116.5 FM 792
73.3 118.0
Bus. SH 72
  74.2 119.4 SH 239 – Goliad
Runge 82.6 132.9 FM 81
DeWitt Nordheim 89.6 144.2 FM 239
  94.7 152.4 FM 952 – Cotton Patch
  96.1 154.7 FM 2980
Yorktown 97.1 156.3 SH 119 – Goliad, Stockdale
97.5 156.9 FM 240
  98.6 158.7 FM 237
  109.0 175.4 US 87 – Nixon
Cuero 112.9 181.7
Alt. US 77 / US 87 / US 183 – Victoria, Gonzales, Yoakum
Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The certified length given is shorter than the actual mileage, as TxDOT does not include the concurrencies with SH 16 and US 281.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway No. 72". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 378. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/378.pdf. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  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. 408. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/408.pdf. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  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. 438. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/438.pdf. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  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. 437. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/437.pdf. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  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. 436. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/436.pdf. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  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. 466. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/466.pdf. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  8. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Farm to Market Road No. 63". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Farm to Market Road No. 3402". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  10. ^ Long, Sonny (November 18, 2011). "DeWitt County officials, residents discuss increased oil industry traffic, concerns". The Victoria Advocate. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Business State Highway No. 72-B". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  12. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Spur No. 542". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  13. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Spur No. 259". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  14. ^ Google Inc. "SH 72 Overview Map with Major Intersections: Jct. SH 97 to Jct. US 181". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=TX-72+E&daddr=Unknown+road+to:TX-72+E%2FRiver+St+to:TX-72+E+to:TX-72+E+to:TX-72+E+to:TX-72+E+to:TX-72+E+to:W+Thornton+St+to:N+Harborth+Ave+to:TX-72+E+to:TX-72+E+to:TX-72+E+to:TX-72+E+to:TX-72+E+to:TX-72+E+to:TX-72+E+to:TX-72+E+to:TX-72+E+to:TX-72+E+to:TX-72+E&hl=en&ll=28.627925,-98.313904&spn=1.161997,2.113495&sll=28.812435,-97.8581&sspn=0.008602,0.009463&geocode=FeXSsgEdaWoc-g%3BFRVusgEd-kYg-g%3BFe5JsgEdpEEg-g%3BFbJEsgEd4Ooh-g%3BFWxEsgEd9Doi-g%3BFcYXsgEdMi4j-g%3BFf4WsgEdqi0k-g%3BFQ5fsgEdzxkl-g%3BFc5GsgEdcNol-g%3BFeJpsgEdkOYl-g%3BFf6xsgEdmnIm-g%3BFaINswEdas8m-g%3BFZJjswEdYkon-g%3BFfIztQEdbI8o-g%3BFZdGtQEdUJMo-g%3BFQRttQEdLJgo-g%3BFWr3tQEd5s4o-g%3BFdZ3tgEdK3op-g%3BFa6EtwEdvKEq-g%3BFSyctwEdNrwq-g%3BFWyrtwEdRM0q-g&mra=mi&mrsp=20&sz=17&t=m&z=10. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  15. ^ Google Inc. "SH 72 Overview Map with Major Intersections: Jct. US 181 to Jct. US 183". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=TX-72+E&daddr=W+Main+St+to:W+Main+St+to:Laredo+to:TX-72+E%2FLaredo+to:TX-72+E%2FLaredo+to:W+Main+St+to:Front+St+to:TX-72+E+to:TX-72+E+to:W+Main+St+to:W+Main+St+to:TX-72+E+to:TX-72+E+to:Farm+to+Market+3402%2FW+Heaton+St&hl=en&ll=28.946871,-97.536621&spn=0.560002,1.056747&sll=29.083945,-97.295426&sspn=0.008579,0.009602&geocode=FWyrtwEdRM0q-g%3BFaK5twEd6-Mq-g%3BFa2_twEdrPQq-g%3BFWTBtwEdlfkq-g%3BFaOytwEdFi8r-g%3BFUS8twEdNmgr-g%3BFdO6uAEdaQQt-g%3BFclMuQEdLpku-g%3BFToSugEdu4ov-g%3BFYMougEdVOAv-g%3BFcgyugEdhB0w-g%3BFVc3ugEdtDgw-g%3BFbZbugEduGgw-g%3BFfTEuwEdOHwy-g%3BFSzKuwEd7GQz-g&mra=mi&mrsp=14&sz=17&t=m&z=11. Retrieved November 2, 2012.

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