Texas State Highway 73
|Maintained by TxDOT|
|Length:||42.02 mi (67.62 km)|
|Existed:||1941 – present|
|West end:||I-10 in Winnie|
|US 69 / US 96 / US 287 in Port Arthur|
|East end:||I-10 near Orange|
|Counties:||Chambers, Jefferson, Orange|
In September 2008, Hurricane Ike forced the closure of SH 73. Among other road debris left by the storm were two 200-ton barges. The storm surge pushed the barges almost 10 miles (16 km) before they came to rest on the highway.
The original SH 73 was designated in 1926 from Oldenburg to Houston. By 1933, it was rerouted southwest to Columbus. By 1941, the route was adjusted so that, instead of extending west from Houston, it was now designated east from Houston to Port Arthur. Construction was slow, with only small portions outside Houston, Port Arthur, and the stretch from Winnie to Anahuac (signed as 73-T) completed by 1954. In 1961, the route was shortened from Port Arthur to Winnie, with the western portions having been replaced by Interstate 10 (I-10). SH 73-T was transferred to SH 65. In 1982, the route was extended along its current route to Orange, along a concurrent route with SH 87 and SH 62.
In popular culture
SH 73 is shown as a road sign in the opening 10 seconds of the 1941 movie Moon Over Miami immediately following the opening credits. There is no mention of the city in that film. A similar road sign of SH 73 is also depicted on the set of The Partridge Family.
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|Chambers||Winnie||I-10 west / FM 1406 – Houston, Nome||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|SH 124 / FM 1663 to I-10 east – Winnie, Galveston||West end of SH 124 concurrency|
|FM 1406 north||Eastbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|Jefferson||SH 124 – Hamshire||East end of SH 124 concurrency|
|Port Arthur||Spur 93 north (W Port Arthur Rd) – Beaumont|
|West end of freeway|
|SH 82 south – Cameron|
|Spur 215 south (Savannah Avenue)|
|US 69 / US 96 / US 287 (Memorial Blvd) – Beaumont|
|SH 347 (Twin City Highway) – Nederland|
|32nd Street||Westbound exit also for 39th Street|
|Port Arthur||SH 87 / 25th Street||West end of SH 87 concurrency|
|Taft Avenue / Procter Street||Eastbound exit also for FM 366|
|FM 366 west – Groves, Port Neches|
|East end of freeway|
|Neches River||Rainbow Bridge (westbound) and Veterans Memorial Bridge (eastbound)|
|Orange||Bridge City||FM 1442 north|
|SH 62 / SH 87 – Orange||East end of SH 87 concurrency; west end of SH 62 concurrency|
|FM 105 – West Orange, Orangefield|
|Orange||I-10 / US 90 / SH 62 – Lake Charles, Beaumont, Mauriceville||Eastern end of SH 73; SH 62 continues past this point|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Highway Designation File: State Highway No. 73". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- Myers, Ryan (September 21, 2008). "Demolition team works to clear barges from Texas 73". Beaumont Enterprise. Retrieved April 4, 2012.