U.S. Route 175

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US Highway 175 marker

US Highway 175
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 111.0 mi[1] (178.6 km)
Existed: 1932 – present
Major junctions
West end: I‑45 in Dallas
East end: US 69 in Jacksonville
Highway system
US 164 US 180

U.S. Highway 175 is an east-west United States highway, its span completely within the state of Texas. It comes very close to meeting its "parent", US 75, but decommissioning and rerouting in downtown Dallas, Texas brings it a couple of miles short. Before the decommissioning of US 75 south of downtown Dallas in favor of Interstate 45, US 175 met its "parent" US 75. US 175's western terminus is in Dallas, Texas at Interstate 45. The highway's eastern terminus is in Jacksonville, Texas at an intersection with US 69.

Route description[edit]

Newly twinned westbound lane of U.S. 175 near Eustace TX photographed January 2010.

US 175 begins south of Downtown Dallas at an interchange with I-45 south of I-30, South Central Expressway (Dallas), and Good-Latimer Expressway. The highway heads towards the southeast as a freeway carrying the dual monikers of South Central Expressway and S.M. Wright Freeway (the latter named for a local minister and community leader in South Dallas).

At an interchange with SH 310 (known locally as Dead Man's Curve), US 175 begins to head to the east (taking the name C.F. Hawn Freeway, named after a Texas Highway commissioner who lived in Athens) while the South Central Expressway and S.M. Wright Freeway names follow SH 310. The freeway continues east along the north edge of Rochester Park until it turns back to the southeast at an interchange at 2nd Avenue (a previous routing of US 175); from this point US 175 maintains a consistent southeasterly direction.

US 175 passes through the Pleasant Grove area of Dallas to an interchange with Loop 12 (N.Buckner Blvd.) and I-20 just southwest of the I-20 and I-635 interchange/split. The highway continues as a freeway past the I-20 interchange and passes through the cities of Seagoville, Crandall and Kaufman. After passing through Kaufman, US 175 is no longer a freeway and continues as a divided highway. The highway bypasses Kemp to the east and passes near the north end of Cedar Creek Reservoir. East of the reservoir, the highway bypasses Mabank and Gun Barrel City and continues southeast into Eustace over a newly reconstructed divided roadway all the way into Athens at Loop 7.

Marker for U.S. Highway 175 east of Kaufman, Texas

In Athens, US 175 passes around the city to the north and east (with Loop 7; multiplexing with parts of TX 19 and TX 31 while bypassing) while the old highway passes through the center as a business route. Outside the city limits the business and bypass sections rejoin, later passing through the cities of Poynor, Frankston and Cuney before reaching Jacksonville, where it reaches its eastern terminus at US 69.[2]

In late 2006, work began on twinning a congested 14.5-mile (23.3 km) segment between Mabank and Athens; the portion from Eustace eastward was completed in 2009 and opened to traffic. The part between the Kaufman County line and Eustace is expected to be open by late December 2010, as an interchange is being constructed at SH 334 and has been completed to serve Gun Barrel City and points west. Future plans call for widening US 175 to four lanes in phases between Baxter, Poynor and Frankston, and between Frankston and Jacksonville; these phases were originally scheduled to have begun construction already but plans have been delayed due to lack of funding.

Future[edit]

Plans are underway to extend the C.F. Hawn Freeway to I-45 (Julius Schepps Freeway) and "deconstruct" the S.M. Wright Freeway into a six lane surface street.[3] This project will rid of the accident prone Dead Man's Curve and connect the neighborhoods that have been separated by the S.M. Wright Freeway for years. Environmental clearance was received September 13, 2013 and construction will begin once funds are available.

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Dallas Dallas 0.0 0.0 I‑45 north (Julius Schepps Freeway) to US 75 – McKinney Western terminus; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.5 0.8 Cesar Chavez Boulevard, Good-Latimer Expressway Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.3 0.5 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard – Fair Park
0.8 1.3 Pennsylvania Avenue – Fair Park Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.9 1.4 Metropolitan Avenue
1.3 2.1 Pine Street
1.6 2.6 Hatcher Street
1.9 3.1 SH 310 south (S.M. Wright Freeway) No westbound exit
2.3 3.7 Bexar Street No eastbound entrance
2.8 4.5 Railroad Avenue Westbound exit only
2.6 4.2 Municipal Street Eastbound exit and entrance
4.0 6.4 2nd Avenue, Bruton Road
4.8 7.7 Lake June Road
Jim Miller Road
Elam Road
Loop 12 (Buckner Boulevard, Great Trinity Forest Way)
Prairie Creek Road No westbound exit
St. Augustine Road
Masters Road
Haymarket Road, Kleberg Road
Balch Springs I‑20 / I‑635 north – Fort Worth, Shreveport
Dallas Silverado Drive
Edd Road
Belt Line Road
Woody Road Westbound exit is via the Stark Road exit
Seagoville Stark Road
Simonds Road, Kimberly Drive – FCI Seagoville
Seagoville Road, Kaufman Street – Seagoville
Hall Street
Malloy Bridge Road
Kaufman FM 1389 – Combine
Crandall FM 741 – Forney
FM 148 – Crandall, Scurry
Kaufman County Road 4104, Gastonia Road
FM 1390
FM 2578
Frontage Road
SH 243 east – Kaufman, Canton No eastbound entrance
FM 1388 (Houston Street) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
SH 34 – Kaufman, Ennis
Frontage Road Eastbound exit only; east end of freeway
  FM 2860
Kemp
Bus. US 175 east – Kemp
FM 1895 (9th Street)
SH 274 west / FM 1391 – Kemp, Seven Points, Cedar Creek Reservoir Interchange

Bus. US 175 west – Kemp
Mabank
Bus. US 175 east – Mabank
SH 198 to FM 90 – Canton, Gun Barrel City, Cedar Creek Reservoir Interchange
Henderson
Bus. US 175 west – Mabank
Gun Barrel City SH 334 west / County Road 2922 – Gun Barrel City, Seven Points, Cedar Creek Reservoir Interchange
Eustace FM 316 south – Payne Springs West end of FM 316 overlap
FM 316 north East end of FM 316 overlap
  RM 2329 west – Caney City
Athens
Bus. US 175 east / SH 31 west / Loop 7 west – Athens, Corsicana
Interchange; west end of SH 31/Loop 7 overlap

SH 19 north / Bus. SH 19 south – Canton, Athens
Interchange; west end of SH 19 overlap
FM 1616 – Murchison

SH 31 east / Bus. SH 31 west – Tyler, Athens
Interchange; east end of SH 31 overlap
FM 2495 Interchange

Bus. US 175 west / SH 19 south / Loop 7 south – Athens, Palestine
Interchange; east end of SH 19/Loop 7 overlap
  FM 804 east
  Loop 60 east – LaRue
  Loop 60 west – LaRue
Poynor FM 315 – Chandler, Brushy Creek
Anderson Frankston SH 155 – Tyler, Palestine
  FM 1892 north – Lake Palestine
Cherokee Cuney FM 855 east – Mount Selman
Jacksonville FM 347 – Dialville
111.0 178.6 US 69 – Tyler, Rusk Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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