U.S. Route 85 in Texas

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 85 in Texas. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 85.

US Highway 85 marker

US Highway 85
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 5.630 mi[1] (9.061 km)
The official length does not include portions concurrent with I-10 or US 62
Existed: 1946[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: MX 45 at the U.S.-Mexico border between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, Chih.
  US 62 in El Paso
I-10 / US 180
North end: I‑10 / US 85 / US 180 at Anthony
Location
Counties: El Paso
Highway system
US 84 SH 85

U.S. Highway 85 or US 85 is a route in the system of United States Numbered Highways maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The Texas portion of US 85 is located entirely within El Paso County beginning at the U.S.-Mexico border between the city of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. The approximately 20-mile (32 km) route briefly overlays US 62 in downtown El Paso, then traverses north along the city's west side before merging with the combined route of Interstate 10 and US 180. The route then follows I-10 and US 180 through the towns of Vinton and Anthony before crossing the New Mexico state line into the town of Anthony, NM in Doña Ana County.

US 85 was extended south into Texas in 1946. Prior to the completion of I-10 in El Paso, US 85 followed the former route of US 80 which is now SH 20.

Route description[edit]

US 85 begins at the U.S.-Mexico border between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez at the Paso del Norte International Bridge for northbound traffic and the Good Neighbor International Bridge for southbound traffic. The international bridges overpass without directly intersecting Loop 375. The highway follows S. El Paso St. northbound and S. Stanton St. southbound to Paisano Dr.. The route is concurrent with US 62 from the border to Paisano Dr. where US 85 turns west while US 62 turns east. One block west of S. El Paso St., US 85 intersects S. Santa Fe St. which connects to Loop 375. The route follows Paisano Drive closely following the Rio Grande and the tracks of the Union Pacific Railroad and the BNSF Railway west of I-10 and the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso before Paisano Dr. merges with the combined route of I-10 and US 180. US 85 overlays I-10 and US 180 for the remainder of its length in Texas in greater El Paso's west side and upper valley regions.[2]

US 85 intersects SH 20 at Mesa St. At Artcraft Rd., the route intersects SH 178 which, together with New Mexico State Road 136, connects the route to the Santa Teresa, NM international port of entry. The route then intersects Loop 375 connecting the highway to the town of Canutillo and El Paso's northeast side where Fort Bliss is located.[2] The highway then leaves El Paso and intersects Spur 37 in Vinton just west of Westway. In Anthony, the route intersects FM 1905 before crossing the state line into New Mexico.[3]

History[edit]

US 85 was one of the original U.S. Numbered Highways established by the American Association of State Highway Officials. The first AASHO route log, published in 1927, did not place US 85 in Texas but instead as terminating in Las Cruces, NM.[4] AASHO extended the route south to El Paso in 1946.[1]

The original alignment of US 85 in Texas was entirely concurrent with the former route of US 80 beginning at Texas Ave.[5] and following Mesa St. and then Doniphan Dr. to the New Mexico state line[6] along the current SH 20.[2][3] US 85 was relocated to its current alignment in 1974,[1] partially following the former routing of U.S. Route 80 (Alt.) after the completion of I-10 in El Paso. The current local TxDOT map shows US 85 terminating on Paisano Dr. at US 62 at S. El Paso St. with no concurrent along US 62 to the border.[2] However, the present route log of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, as AASHO is now known, shows US 85 joining US 62 to the border.[7]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in El Paso County.

Location Mile[8] km Destinations Notes
El Paso 0.0 0.0 To Fed. 45 / Stanton Street Bridge Mexican border; south end of US 62 overlap
0.5 0.8 US 62 east (Paisano Drive) north end of US 62 overlap
0.6 1.0 Loop 375 east (Santa Fe Street)
To I-10 / Executive Center Boulevard
NM 273 (McNutt Road) interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance
To I-10 east (US 180 east) / Racetrack Drive interchange
Sunland Park Drive interchange northbound; at-grade intersection southbound
I-10 east / US 180 east south end of I-10 / US 180 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance; US 85 south follows exit 13
see I-10
Anthony 19.8 31.9 I‑10 west (US 85 north / US 180 west) New Mexico state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "U.S. Highway No. 85". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Texas Department of Transportation (2014) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2014 ed.). p. 6. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook/Pages/6.pdf. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Texas Department of Transportation (2014) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2014 ed.). p. 5. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook/Pages/5.pdf. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  4. ^ United States Numbered Highways, American Association of State Highway Officials, 1927, p. 33 
  5. ^ Texas State Highway Department (Partially revised to January 1, 1961). General Highway Map, El Paso County, Texas (Map). 1"=2 mi. (1956 ed.). p. 4. http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=5122. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  6. ^ Texas State Highway Department (Partially revised to January 1, 1961). General Highway Map, El Paso County, Texas (Map). 1"=2 mi. (1956 ed.). p. 2. http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=5122. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  7. ^ "U.S. Route Number Database (Dec 2009)". American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  8. ^ Google Inc. "Route of US 85 in Texas". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=S+El+Paso+St+to:W+Paisano+Dr+to:US-85+N+to:I-10+W&hl=en&geocode=FYpu5AEdcCOn-Q%3BFcCL5AEdlh6n-Q%3BFbKK5AEdShqn-Q%3BFYxm5QEdb0Om-Q%3BFcNK6AEdoq2l-Q&mra=mi&mrsp=4&sz=19&doflg=ptm&sll=32.000622,-106.582282&sspn=0.001242,0.00327&ie=UTF8&ll=31.881056,-106.560516&spn=0.318352,0.837021&z=11. Retrieved April 4, 2011.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

Geographic data related to U.S. Route 85 in Texas at OpenStreetMap


U.S. Route 85
Previous state:
Terminus
Texas Next state:
New Mexico