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.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Dallas Dallas 0.0 0.0 I-45 north to US 75 – Sherman westbound exit and eastbound entrance; I-45 exit 283B
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 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 No direct westbound exit (signed at Hatcher Street)
2.3 3.7 Bexar Street No eastbound entrance
2.8 4.5 Railroad Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
2.6 4.2 Municipal Street Eastbound access only
4.0 6.4 Second Avenue / Bruton Road
4.8 7.7 Lake June Road
Frontage Road eastbound exit only
Jim Miller Road no direct westbound exit (signed at Elam Road)
Elam Road
Loop 12 (Buckner Boulevard)
Frontage Road westbound exit only
Prairie Creek Road No direct westbound exit (signed at St. Augustine Road)
St. Augustine Road
Masters Drive
Haymarket Road / Kleberg Road
Balch Springs I-20 / I-635 north – Fort Worth I-20 exit 479
Dallas Silverado Drive
Edd Road
Belt Line Road
Woody Road no direct westbound exit (signed at Stark Road)
Seagoville Stark Road
Simonds Road / Kimberly Drive
Seagoville Road / Kaufman Street
Hall Street
Malloy Bridge Road
Kaufman FM 1389 – Combine
Crandall FM 741 – Forney
FM 148 – Crandall
  County Road 4106 / Bud Stoy Road
  FM 1390
Kaufman FM 2578
Frontage Road
SH 243 – Kaufman, Canton No eastbound entrance
FM 1388 – Oak Grove
SH 34 – Kaufman, Ennis
Frontage Road at-grade intersection; east end of freeway
  FM 2860
Kemp
Bus. US 175 east – Kemp
FM 1895 (9th Street)

Bus. US 175 west / SH 274 / FM 1391 – Kemp, Seven Points
Interchange
Mabank
Bus. US 175 east – Mabank
SH 198 – Mabank, Gun Barrel City Interchange
Henderson
Bus. US 175 west – Mabank
Gun Barrel City SH 334 west – Gun Barrel City Interchange
Eustace FM 316 south – Malakoff West end of FM 316 overlap
FM 316 north – Phalba, Purtis Creek State Park East end of FM 316 overlap
Pickens RM 2329 west
Athens
Bus. US 175 east / SH 31 west / Loop 7 west – Corsicana, Downtown Athens, Airport, East Texas Arboretum
Interchange; west end of SH 31 / Loop 7 overlap
SH 19 north (SH 19 Bus. south) – Canton Interchange; west end of SH 19 overlap
FM 1616
SH 31 east (SH 31 Bus. west) – Tyler Interchange; east end of SH 31 overlap
FM 2495 Interchange

Bus. US 175 west / SH 19 south / Loop 7 south – Palestine, Downtown Athens, Airport
Interchange; east end of SH 19 / Loop 7 overlap
  FM 804 east – Baxter
  Loop 60 to FM 607 – Larue, Brownsboro
  RM 2588 south
  Loop 60 to FM 607 – Larue, Brownsboro
Poynor FM 315 – Moore Station, Chandler, Lake Palestine, Palestine
Anderson Frankston SH 155 – Tyler, Palestine
  FM 1892 north – Lake Palestine, Berryville
Cherokee   FM 855 east – Mount Selman
Jacksonville FM 347 (North Bolton Street)
111.0 178.6 US 69 (North Jackson Street)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing