U.S. Route 54 in Texas

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US Highway 54 marker

US Highway 54
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 111.583 mi[1] (179.575 km)
Existed: 1927 – present
El Paso section
South end: Loop 375 in El Paso
Major
junctions:
I‑110 in El Paso
US 62 in El Paso
I‑10 / US 180 in El Paso
North end: US 54 at Chaparral, N.M.
Panhandle section
South end: US 54 near Nara Visa, N.M.
Major
junctions:
US 87 / US 385 in Dalhart
US 287 in Stratford
North end: US-54 at Texhoma, Okla.
Location
Counties: El Paso, Hartley, Dallam, Sherman
Highway system
SH 53 SH 54

U.S. Route 54 in Texas is a U.S. Highway that travels through two portions of Texas: one in the far western point, and the other in the far northwest Panhandle.

Route description[edit]

US 54 begins in El Paso, Texas, as a controlled access highway at an intersection with Loop 375. The route then travels northward, joining up with I-110 within the first mile. A mile later, these highways intersect Interstate 10 at a complex, three level high expressway interchange which the locals call the "Spaghetti Bowl." I-110 ends here, while US 54 continues north through El Paso. The route turns northeast, becoming a rare example of a collector-express freeway in Texas (until the Pershing Drive exit) before entering New Mexico. The route re-enters Texas in the northwest Panhandle, travelling northeast through sparsely populated country. The route intersects US Route 87 and US Route 385 in Dalhart and US Route 287 in Stratford, before exiting into the Oklahoma Panhandle at Texhoma.

History[edit]

The southwestern portion was originally part of the Ozark Trails, paralleling the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad, and was originally given the numbering of State Highway 33. SH 33 continued into Texas farther south in the Panhandle, following the former Ozark Trail. The northern Panhandle portion was originally assigned to State Highway 56, paralleling the Chicago, Rock Island, and Gulf Railroad.

When the U.S. Highway System was unveiled in 1926, the northern section was assigned to U.S. Highway 54, while the southwestern portion was assigned to U.S. Highway 366. The US 366 designation was canceled in 1932 when other sections of the highway were added to an adjusted US Route 70. This section was added to US 54 in 1934, and has retained its numbering since. By 1939, the corresponding state highway designations had been canceled.

The highway continues on its original routing except for realignment in 1990 in El Paso, with the old route becoming US Business Route 54 and Texas Loop 478. Most of the current US 54 in El Paso is a limited-access highway known as the Patriot Freeway which in 2010 was only partially completed.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2][3] km Exit Destinations Notes
El Paso El Paso 20 Loop 375 Patriot Freeway begins
20A US 62 (Paisano Drive) – Pine Springs, Carlsbad, Ciudad Juárez, Chih. Crosses without direct access
20B I‑110 – Ciudad Juárez, Chih. Southbound exit and northbound entrance
21A SH 20 (Alameda Avenue) – Socorro, Canutillo Crosses without direct access
21B I‑10 / US 180 – Van Horn, Las Cruces Signed as East, Van Horn and West, Las Cruces. Begin local express lanes
21C Montana Ave.
21D Trowbridge Drive / Altura Avenue
22 Pershing Drive end local express lanes
23 Cassidy Road, Fort Bliss Cassidy Gate Visitors to Fort Bliss must use the Cassidy Gate.
24 Fred Wilson Road / Railroad Drive
24A Spur 601 (Liberty Expressway) – El Paso International Airport, Ft. Bliss, Biggs Field
25 Ellerthorpe Avenue / Broaddus Avenue
26
Bus. US 54 / Loop 478 (Dyer Street) / Hercules Avenue
27 Hondo Pass Road
28 Diana Drive
29 Loop 375 (Transmountain Road) – Canutillo
30 Sun Valley Drive
31 FM 3255 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) / Kenworthy Street – Chaparral, NM
32 Sean Haggerty Drive End of Patriot Freeway as of January 2014
13.6 21.9 FM 2529 (McCombs Street)
20.0 32.2 US 54 – Newman, NM End of first section in Texas
US 54 crosses through New Mexico
Hartley   0.0 0.0 US 54 – Nara Visa, NM Re-entry into Texas
  8.5 13.7 RM 3296
  9.3 15.0 FM 767 – Channing
  35.2 56.6 FM 694 north
  37.5 60.4 FM 998 – Hartley
  38.0 61.2 FM 694 south
  39.0 62.8 FM 3139 Dalhart Municipal Airport
Dallam Dalhart 40.8 65.7
Bus. US 87 (East 7th Street)
41.3 66.5 US 87 / US 385 (Railroad Street) – Amarillo, Vega, Texline, Boise City, OK
41.3 66.5 FM 297 (East 1st Street) – Cactus
  46.4 74.7 FM 695
  51.5 82.9 FM 3212
  59.8 96.2 FM 3213
  60.7 97.7 FM 807 south
Conlen 61.0 98.2 FM 807 north – Kerrick
Sherman   FM 2014
Stratford 72.3 116.4 US 287 (Poplar Street) – Dumas, Kerrick
72.5 116.7 SH 15 (Main Street) – Gruver
73.0 117.5 FM 2677 (Beaver Road)
  89.5 144.0 FM 119 – Sunray
Texhoma 91.9 147.9 US-54 (South Street) – Texhoma, OK Continuation into Oklahoma
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

El Paso business loop[edit]


Business U.S. Highway 54-A
Location: El Paso
Length: 12.466 mi[4] (20.062 km)
Existed: 1990–present[4]

Business U.S. Highway 54-A or Bus. US 54-A is a business route of US 54 at El Paso commissioned in 1990. The 12.5-mile (20.1 km) route begins at US 54 and State Highway Loop 478 at the Patriot Freeway. The route runs along Dyer St. through northeast El Paso near Fort Bliss to its northern terminus at the New Mexico state line. The roadway continues forward into New Mexico for 0.3 miles (0.5 km) over a local road not recognized by New Mexico as a state highway that becomes a one-way entrance ramp merging with US 54. Highway signs in New Mexico direct southbound traffic to turn on State Line Drive just within Texas to access Bus. US 54-A.[5]

Bus. US 54-A and Loop 478 are the former route of US 54 prior to construction of the Patriot Freeway. Bus. US 54-A was created when Loop 478, which originally followed the route to New Mexico, was shortened to its current terminus at the beginning of the business loop.[4][6] Loop 478 was first intended in 1969 to be the replacement for US 54 over the route and was planned to be signed as Business US 54 once the current US 54 was completed.[6] Bus. US 54-A was concurrent with US 54 until 1991.[4]

Major intersections

The entire route is in El Paso, El Paso County.

Mile[5] km Destinations Notes
0 0 US 54 (Patriot Frwy.) / Loop 478 (Dyer St.) Southern terminus
3.8 6.1 Loop 375 (Purple Heart Memorial Frwy.) – Canutillo
4.0 6.4 FM 2529 (McCombs St.) – Chaparral, NM
12.5 20.1 To US 54 in New Mexico via local road Northern terminus at Newman in Doña Ana County, New Mexico
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "U.S. Highway No. 54". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  2. ^ Google Inc. "Route of US 54 in El Paso". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=Patriot+Fwy+to:32.001476,-106.326245&hl=en&geocode=FZ2x5AEdKbGn-Q%3BFXpc5wEdyFio-Q%3B&mra=mi&mrcr=1&mrsp=2&sz=19&doflg=ptm&sll=32.001418,-106.326258&sspn=0.001185,0.00327&ie=UTF8&ll=31.878141,-106.439667&spn=0.303784,0.837021&z=11. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
  3. ^ Google Inc. "Route of US 54 in the Texas Panhandle". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=US-54+E&daddr=US-54+E+to:US-54+E+to:US-54+E+to:US-54+E+to:US-54+E+to:US-54+E+to:E+7th+St+to:Liberal+St+to:Liberal+St+to:US-54+E+to:US-54+E+to:US-54+E+to:US-54+E+to:US-54+E+to:US-54+E%2FTexas+St+to:Texas+St+to:Texas+St+to:Texas+St+to:US-54+E%2FTexas+St+to:36.499672,-101.788145&hl=en&geocode=Fdb9HwId1LXb-Q%3BFaY2IQIdrnrd-Q%3BFdJQIQIdCKPd-Q%3BFZxuJQIdmn_i-Q%3BFZ7LJQIdSO_i-Q%3BFe7fJQIdHAfj-Q%3BFdQIJgId-jfj-Q%3BFbg4JgId1KPj-Q%3BFX5PJgIdqKfj-Q%3BFclPJgIdbKjj-Q%3BFbD-JgIdpMPk-Q%3BFUapJwIdRuTl-Q%3BFR7BKAIdNrvn-Q%3BFcTeKAIdZOzn-Q%3BFdTnKAIdLvrn-Q%3BFdr-KQIdmNTp-Q%3BFf5hKgId-nvq-Q%3BFQZpKgIdKojq-Q%3BFf56KgIdcKbq-Q%3BFXSeLAIdjEru-Q%3B&mra=mi&mrcr=19&mrsp=20&sz=19&sll=36.499546,-101.788193&sspn=0.001123,0.00327&ie=UTF8&ll=36.124565,-102.359619&spn=1.155822,3.348083&z=9. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d Texas Department of Transportation. "Highway Designation File – Business U.S. Highway No. 54-A". Retrieved May 30, 2010
  5. ^ a b Google Inc. "Route of Bus. US 54-A"". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Dyer+St&daddr=Dyer+St+to:Dyer+St+to:Dyer+St+to:Unknown+road+to:32.005577,-106.321501&hl=en&geocode=FZAD5gEd09mn-Q%3BFWG95gEdkFSo-Q%3BFQrJ5gEdV1yo-Q%3BFXuO5wEdywep-Q%3BFaZN6AEdyKCp-Q%3B&mra=mi&mrcr=3&mrsp=5&sz=17&via=3&sll=32.003582,-106.32268&sspn=0.004686,0.013046&ie=UTF8&ll=31.934682,-106.357269&spn=0.300101,0.834961&z=11. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
  6. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway Loop No. 478". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 


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