U.S. Route 90 Alternate (Texas)

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"U.S. Route 90 Alternate" redirects here. For other alternate routes of U.S. 90, see Bannered routes of U.S. Route 90.

US Highway 90 marker

Alternate US Highway 90
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 175.29 mi[1] (282.10 km)
Existed: 1942[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 90 / FM 464 west of Seguin
East end: I‑610 in Houston
Counties: Guadalupe, Gonzales, Lavaca, Colorado, Wharton, Fort Bend, Harris
Highway system
SH 342 SH 343 SH 344

U.S. Highway 90 Alternate is an alternate route to U.S. Highway 90 in the U.S. state of Texas, running from west of Seguin east via Seguin, Gonzales, Hallettsville, Eagle Lake, Rosenberg and Sugar Land to northeastern Houston. South of Downtown Houston, US 90 Alternate is built to freeway and near-freeway standards along a section of South Main Street.

Route description[edit]

U.S. 90 Alternate is concurrent with U.S. 77 Alternate west of Hallettsville.

US 90 Alternate begins at U.S. Highway 90 and Farm to Market Road 464 west of Seguin and heads east through downtown Seguin on Court Street. (US 90 travels on Kingsbury Street, just 15 blocks to the north.) From Seguin to Rosenberg, US 90 Alternate passes through mainly rural areas.

Just west of downtown Rosenberg, it merges with Spur 529, part of US Highway 59 until 1976.[2] US 59 used to run concurrent with US 90 Alternate between Rosenberg and southwest of downtown Houston, but it was relocated to the US 59 as construction of the freeway between Houston and Rosenberg was completed in stages from 1961 to 1976.

After Rosenberg, US 90 Alternate passes through Richmond, Sugar Land, Stafford and Missouri City before entering Houston. There it crosses the Sam Houston Tollway into the Houston City Limits and becomes South Main Street. A few miles down, the highway meets the current northern terminus of the Fort Bend Toll Road. The short controlled-access highway portion of US 90 Alternate—part of which has local access (right-in/right-out), but no median breaks – currently begins just before the Sam Houston Tollway and ends just short of Interstate 610. The controlled access portion, with the section between Interstate Highway 610 to just west of Holmes Road was completed in 2002 and the section from just west of Holmes Road to just east of the Sam Houston Tollway completed in 2007 has 6 lanes without interior or exterior shoulder lanes, plus exit lanes and a maximum speed limit of 55 mph (89 km/h) for most of its length. These portions were previously a four-lane divided highway with exterior shoulder lanes, crossovers, and at grade crossings with major thoroughfares.[3]

North of I-610, US 90A becomes the widest street in Houston with 10 through lanes and several turning lanes. This section, previously a four-lane divided highway, was upgraded to its current width between 1999 and 2001.[4] Further north, US 90 Alternate splits from South Main Street onto Old Spanish Trail (O.S.T.), becoming a six lane boulevard heading east to cross State Highway 288 (South Freeway) with a grade separated street-to-street intersection with Griggs Road, and meets the southern terminus of Spur 5 adjacent to the campus of the University of Houston. After crossing Spur 5, it turns into a four-lane undivided road, crossing Brays Bayou and turning northeast onto Wayside Drive, crossing Interstate Highway 45 (Gulf Freeway). Between Polk Street until after crossing over the ship channel, it divides into two one-way streets. US 90 Alternate West (southbound) is Wayside Drive while US 90 Alternate East (northbound) goes down S/SGT Macario Garcia (formerly 69th Street). At Interstate Highway 10/U.S. Highway 90 (East Freeway), US 90 Alternate turns east to multiplex with I-10/US 90 for a short jog, then turning north onto McCarty Street. US 90 Alternate ends at the junction with Interstate Highway 610 in northeastern Houston, where Business U.S. Highway 90-U continues northeast on McCarty Street.[5]

Junction list[edit]

County Location Destinations Notes
Guadalupe Seguin US 90 / FM 464 west – San Antonio, Luling
SH 46 – New Braunfels, Stockdale

Bus. SH 123 (Austin Street)
FM 466 east (Capote Road)
SH 123 – San Marcos, Stockdale
FM 1117 south
FM 2438 north
FM 1150 north
Gonzales Belmont SH 80 – Luling, Nixon
FM 2091 north
Gonzales US 183 – Luling, Cuero

Bus. US 183 (St. Joseph Street) – Gonzales
FM 794 (St. Paul Street)
SH 97 – Gonzales, Waelder
Spur 146 west
FM 532 east
FM 443 south
Lavaca FM 533 south
Shiner FM 3435 east (16th Street)
SH 95 – Flatonia, Yoakum
FM 531 south
FM 1831 north

Alt. US 77 south – Yoakum
West end of US-Alt 77 overlap
FM 340 north
US 77 south – Victoria East end of US-Alt 77 overlap; west end of US 77 overlap
Halletsville US 77 north – La Grange East end of US 77 overlap
FM 530 south
FM 2914 north
Sublime FM 3283 south
FM 155 north – Weimar
Colorado Sheridan FM 2437 south – Edna
Rock Island FM 1693 south
SH 71 – Columbus, El Campo
Eagle Lake FM 102 north – Alleyton
FM 1093 – Wallis
FM 2764 north
FM 1164 south
East Bernard SH 60 – Wallis, Hungerford
Fort Bend Rosenberg SH 36 north – Sealy West end of SH 36 overlap
Spur 529 south
SH 36 south / FM 723 north – West Columbia East end of SH 36 overlap
Richmond FM 762 south (Thompson Road)
FM Loop 762 east (2nd Street)
FM 359 north (Skinner Lane)
Sugar Land SH 99 (Grand Parkway)
SH 6
Spur 58 south (Brooks Street)
FM 1876 north (Eldridge Road)
I‑69 / US 59 (Southwest Freeway) Interchange
Stafford FM 1092 (Murphy Road)
Missouri City FM 2234 (Texas Parkway) Interchange
Harris Houston Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Tollway) Interchange
Fort Bend Toll Road south / Chimney Rock Road Interchange
Post Oak Road Interchange
Hiram Clarke Road Interchange
Stella Link Road, Willow Bend Boulevard Interchange
O'Meara Drive Interchange
I‑610 (South Loop Freeway) End freeway portion
Buffalo Speedway
Murworth Drive
McNee Road
Main Street Alt 90 continues along Old Spanish Trail
Kirby Drive
Stadium Drive
Greenbriar Drive
Fannin Street
Bertner Avenue
Cambridge Street
VA Campus
FM 521 (Almeda Road)
SH 288 (South Freeway) – Downtown
Del Rio Street
Tierwester Street
Scott Street
Scottcrest Drive
Griggs Road Interchange
FM 865 south (Cullen Boulevard)
Calhoun Road
Martin Luther King Boulevard
Spur 5 north – University of Houston
Produce Row Interchange
Wheeler Street
Old Spanish Trail Alt 90 continues along South Wayside Drive
Telephone Road
I‑45 (Gulf Freeway) – Downtown, Galveston
Eskridge Street / Sylvan Road
Lawndale Street Interchange
Carrillo Elementary School
Jamail Drive
Polk Street
Capitol Street
Clinton Drive Interchange
Palestine Street Interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
I‑10 (US 90, Baytown East Freeway) – Downtown, Beaumont
I‑610 (North Loop Freeway) / US 90 east – Beaumont


  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "U.S. Highway No. 90 Alternate". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ Texas Department of Transportation, Highway Designation File – State Highway Spur 529
  3. ^ Houston Construction Update. Erik Slotboom, Houston Freeways. November 26, 2006. Last accessed November 27, 2006.
  4. ^ Google Inc. "Satellite image of South Main Street just north of the South Loop, Houston, Texas". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Main+St+%26+I-610+(W),+Houston,+TX+77025&ie=UTF8&z=18&ll=29.679067,-95.426093&spn=0.002228,0.005375&t=k&om=1. Retrieved November 27, 2006.
  5. ^ Texas Department of Transportation, 1992 map of Harris County Texas (highways revised to January 1, 1994)

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