U.S. Route 259

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U.S. Route 259 marker

U.S. Route 259
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 59
Length: 250 mi (400 km)
Existed: 1963[1] – present
Major junctions
South end:
US 59 / Bus. US 59 near Nacogdoches, Tex.
 

I‑20 near Kilgore, Tex.

I‑30 near Omaha, Tex.
North end: US-59 / US-270 near Heavener, Okla.
Location
States: Texas, Oklahoma
Highway system

U.S. Route 259 is a north–south spur of U.S. Route 59 that runs for 250 miles (402 km) through rural areas of southeast Oklahoma and northeast Texas.

The highway's northern terminus is in the Ouachita Mountains, about 15 miles (24 km) south of Heavener, Oklahoma, where it branches off of its parent route, U.S. 59. The southern terminus is near Nacogdoches, Texas, where it reunites with U.S. 59. For most of its length, US 259 lies 30–50 miles to the west of its parent route.

Route description[edit]

First reassurance marker heading north from the southern terminus in Nacogdoches, TX

Texas[edit]

US 259 begins at an intersection with its parent, US 59 (Future I-69), on the north side of Nacogdoches, Texas. The highway continues due north, passing through Mount Enterprise, and around the eastern side of Henderson and Kilgore. In Kilgore, Texas, US 259 is known as the Charles K. Devall Memorial Highway, as named by the Texas legislature.[2] It then has a concurrency with Interstate 20 of about 6 miles (9.7 km), then continues north around the eastern edge of Longview along Eastman Rd. The highway continues due north, crossing Interstate 30 in northern Morris County, and crossing into Oklahoma in northwest Bowie County.

Oklahoma[edit]

Northern terminus of US 259 in the Ouachita Mountains

After crossing into McCurtain County, Oklahoma, US-259 immediately meets up with State Highway 87, and continues north through Harris. Maps indicate that US-259 and SH-87 overlap to Idabel, but officially, this is not the case,[3] and ODOT signage does not reflect a concurrency.

US-259 bypasses Idabel to the south and east, concurring with U.S. Highway 70 Bypass. East of Idabel, the bypass route ends, and US-259 begins a concurrency with mainline US-70 and SH-3. The three highways continue north to Broken Bow, where US-70 splits to the east toward DeQueen, Arkansas and SH-3 splits to the west, bound for Antlers. US-259 continues north alone, taking a winding path through the Ouachita Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma. The route passes Broken Bow Lake on its west side, with State Highway 259A serving as an access loop to the lake and Beavers Bend State Resort. Near the lake, US-259 crosses through the Ouachita National Forest for the first time. Near Smithville, the highway serves as the western terminus of State Highway 4.

North of the SH-4 junction, US-259 crosses into Le Flore County. The U.S. route then serves as the eastern terminus of SH-144 near Octavia. US-259 reenters the National Forest north of this junction, and intersects SH-63 at Big Cedar. It then has a junction with SH-1, the Talimena Drive. The highway reunites with US-59 about 10 miles (16 km) south of Heavener, reaching its northern terminus.

History[edit]

In Texas, the highway was designated in 1962 and assumed the entire route of the State Highway 26, which was then cancelled.

Prior to 1985, US 259 between Kilgore and Longview followed the current route of Texas State Highway 31. It entered Longview from the SW at the intersection of South St. and Spur 63. It then followed Spur 63 to US 80. US 259 then ran concurrently with US 80 to Eastman Rd. At the US 80/Eastman Rd. intersection, it reunited with the current route of US 259. In 1985, US 259 was rerouted to its current route along Interstate 20 to Eastman Rd, along the eastern edge of Longview, bypassing the central business district.

Major intersections[edit]

Texas[edit]

County Location Destinations Notes
Nacogdoches Nacogdoches
US 59 / Bus. US 59 south – Lufkin, Timpson, Nacogdoches
Interchange; southern terminus of US 259; continues south as US 59 Bus., future I-69
SH 204 west – Reklaw
Rusk Mount Enterprise US 84 – Rusk, Timpson
SH 315 north – Carthage
FM 1798 – Minden
Henderson US 79 south – Jacksonville South end of US 79 overlap
FM 840 – Henderson, Long Branch
US 79 north / SH 43 north / SH 64 west – Carthage, Marshall, Tyler North end of US 79 overlap
FM 782 north
SH 322 north – Longview
Loop 571 south to US 79 south – Jacksonville
FM 850 – New London
FM 918 west – Overton
Kilgore
Bus. US 259 north – Kilgore
Interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance
Dudley Road Interchange
Gregg Stone Road Interchange
FM 349 – Lakeport Interchange

Bus. US 259 south / SH 31 west – Kilgore, Tyler
Interchange; southbound exit and northbound entrance; south end of SH 31 overlap
I‑20 west / SH 31 east – Dallas, Longview North end of SH 31 overlap; south end of I-20 overlap
Longview FM 2011 / FM 2087 I-20 exit 591
SH 322 south (Estes Parkway) / Loop 281 north / FM 1845 north – Longview I-20 exit 595; exits 595A (south) and 595B (north) eastbound (northbound US 259)
I‑20 east / SH 149 south (Eastman Road) – Shreveport, Carthage North end of I-20 overlap
FM 968 (Gum Springs Road) – Longview
US 80 – Gladewater, Marshall
Loop 281 Interchange
FM 1844 west – East Mountain
Spur 502 south – Longview
FM 449 east – Marshall
Upshur Diana SH 154 – Gilmer, Marshall
FM 726
Ore City FM 450 east – Harleton
SH 155 – Gilmer, Linden
FM 557 west – Pittsburg
Camp No major junctions
Bridge over Lake O' the Pines
Morris FM 729 south
Lone Star FM 250 north – Hughes Springs
FM 144 west – Cason
Daingerfield SH 11 east / SH 49 south – Linden, Jefferson South end of SH 11/49 overlap
SH 11 west – Pittsburg North end of SH 11 overlap
FM 130 east
SH 49 north – Mount Pleasant North end of SH 49 overlap
SH 338 north – Naples
Omaha Spur 284 west to FM 144 south – Omaha
US 67 – Mount Pleasant, Texarkana
FM 144 south – Omaha
SH 77 south – Naples
I‑30 – Dallas, Texarkana
FM 71 west – Talco
Bowie FM 561 east – Old Boston, Boston
FM 44 south
FM 992 north – De Kalb
De Kalb US 82 – Clarksville, New Boston Interchange
Spring Hill FM 114 west – Clarksville
Crosses the Red River into Oklahoma

Oklahoma[edit]

County Location Mile[4] km Destinations Notes
Red River 0.0 0.0 US 259 continues south into Texas
McCurtain   1.9 3.1 SH-87 Western terminus of SH-87
Idabel 19.6 31.5
US-70 Byp.
Southern terminus of US-70 Byp. concurrency
22.6 36.4 SH-3 Southern terminus of SH-3 concurrency
24.5 39.4
US-70 / US-70 Byp.
Northern terminus of US-70 Byp., southern terminus of US-70 concurrency
Broken Bow 32.3 52.0 US-70 / SH-3 Northern terminus of US-70/SH-3 concurrency
  38.6 62.1 SH-259A Southern terminus of SH-259A
  40.6 65.3 SH-259A Northern terminus of SH-259A
Smithville 70.7 113.8 SH-4 Western terminus of SH-4
Le Flore   75.4 121.3 SH-144 Eastern terminus of SH-144
Ouachita
Nat'l Forest
89.6 144.2 SH-63
94.6 152.2 SH-1 (Talimena Scenic Drive) Grade-separated junction
98.9 159.2 US-59 / US-270 Northern terminus of US-259
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bannered routes[edit]

Kilgore business route[edit]


Business US Highway 259
Location: Kilgore, Texas
Existed: 2006–present

US-259 has one Business route in Texas. In 2006, a new bypass was completed around the eastern side of Kilgore. The bypass had been proposed as early as 1965, but funding did not become available until the late 1990s. The new bypass was designated as US-259, while the previous route through the Kilgore business district was designated as a business route. The new business route was approved by the AASHO in September 2006.

Idabel bypass[edit]


U.S. Route 259 Bypass
Location: Idabel, Oklahoma
Existed: ?–2000

Formerly, US-259 continued into downtown Idabel, and the southeast portion of the Idabel bypass was double-designated as US-70 Bypass and US-259 Bypass. On 6 March 2000, the bypass route was decommissioned, and mainline US-259 was moved onto the bypass.[5] However, as of 2008, some bypass signage is still in place, including signage indicating the former terminus of Bypass US-259 at US-70/SH-3.

SH-259A[edit]

SH-259A is a 10-mile (16 km) loop to Broken Bow Lake and Beavers Bend Resort Park north of Broken Bow, Oklahoma. It lies partially in the Ouachita National Forest and is occasionally signed as a U.S. highway.

See also[edit]

Related routes[edit]

References[edit]


Browse numbered routes
SH-251A OK US-266