Texas State Highway 73

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State Highway 73 marker

State Highway 73
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 42.02 mi[1] (67.62 km)
Existed: 1941 – present
Major junctions
West end: I‑10 in Winnie
  US 69 / US 96 / US 287 in Port Arthur
East end: I‑10 near Orange
Location
Counties: Chambers, Jefferson, Orange
Highway system
SH 72 SH 74

State Highway 73 (SH 73) is a Texas state highway that runs 42 miles (68 km) from Winnie through Port Arthur to near 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.[2]

History[edit]

Previous routes[edit]

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 In 1961, the route was shortened from Port Arthur to Winnie, with the western portions having been replaced by Interstate 10 (I-10).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.

SH 73A was designated in 1926 from SH 73 in Fayetteville to Hempstead. By 1933, this route, as well as the portion of SH 73 west of Fayetteville, was renumbered as SH 159.

In popular culture[edit]

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.

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
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
9th Avenue
SH 347 (Twin City Highway) – Nederland
Groves 39th Street
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 north – 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 62Lake 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway No. 73". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ Myers, Ryan (September 21, 2008). "Demolition team works to clear barges from Texas 73". Beaumont Enterprise. Retrieved April 4, 2012.