U.S. Route 57

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US Highway 57 marker

US Highway 57
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 98.10 mi[2] (157.87 km)
Existed: 1970[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: Fed. 57 at Piedras Negras, Mexico
  US 277 in Eagle Pass
US 83 in La Pryor
North end: I‑35 near Moore
Highway system
SH 56 SH 57
SH 75A SH 76 US 77

U.S. Highway 57 is a north–south United States highway that follows a nearly east–west route in southwest Texas. The highway's northern (eastern) terminus is about 50 miles (80 km) south of San Antonio, Texas, between Devine and Pearsall, at an intersection with Interstate 35 (old U.S. Highway 81). Its southern (western) terminus is in Eagle Pass, at the Rio Grande (Río Bravo), where it continues into Piedras Negras, Coahuila, as Mexican Federal Highway 57.

History[edit]

This 98-mile (158 km) route was originally designated by 1933 as Texas State Highway 76, which was previously designated in 1926 on a route from Nacogdoches to Joaquin which was replaced by SH 7 in 1933. From 1942 to 1964, its eastern half was reassigned to Farm to Market Road 394. In 1966, the state changed the route's number to 57 to provide continuity with Mexican Federal Highway 57, a similarly-numbered route across the Mexican border.

In 1970, the route was commissioned as a United States Highway, and retained its "57" designation to prevent confusion. The route is signed south–north, even though the route travels much closer to a west–east direction. However, Mexican Federal Highway 57 travels south to Mexico City, so the unusual directional signing again prevents confusion.

Route description[edit]

US 57 begins at the Eagle Pass – Piedras Negras International Bridge in Eagle Pass. The route travels eastward through Eagle Pass on Garrison Street. On the east side of town, it turns northeast briefly and intersects with US 277 Business on Main Street before turning back to the east. Six blocks later it reaches the intersection with the main branch of US 277 and FM 3443. US 57 continues east, now concurrent with southbound US 277.[3] About a mile further, the highways diverge, with US 57 veering to the northeast.[4] The route travels through ranchland in Maverick County and passes through a United States Border Patrol interior checkpoint before reaching La Pryor, where it intersects US 83.[5] US 57 continues eastward through Batesville and unincorporated areas of Zavala and Frio counties, intersecting several Farm to Market roads, before reaching its eastern terminus at Interstate 35 southwest of the town of Moore.[6][7]

Major junctions[edit]

County Location Mile[8] km Destinations Notes
Maverick Eagle Pass 0.0 0.0 Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras International Bridge (Carretera federal 57.svg MX 57 south) Mexico–United States border
0.4 0.6 Spur 240 north (Commercial Street) Southern terminus of Spur 240
0.7 1.1 FM 1021 (Monroe Street) – Del Rio, El Indio
1.7 2.7
Bus. US 277 north (Main Street)
Southern end of US 277 Bus. concurrency
1.8 2.9 FM 375 south (Bibb Avenue) Northern terminus of FM 375
2.2 3.5 US 277 north / FM 3443 south (Veterans Boulevard) – Del Rio Northern end of US 277 Bus. concurrency, southern end of US 277 concurrency, northern terminus of FM 3443
2.9 4.7 US 277 south – Carrizo Springs Northern end of US 277 concurrency
3.7 6.0 Spur 216 west (2nd Street) Eastern terminus of Spur 216, formerly Spur 16[9]
  5.7 9.2 Loop 480 south Northern terminus of Loop 480
  14.7 23.7 FM 481 north – Uvalde Southern terminus of FM 481
Zavala La Pryor 46.3 74.5 FM 1436 north (J.A. Gutierrez Street) Southern terminus of FM 1436
46.3 74.5 US 83 – Uvalde, Crystal City
46.8 75.3 Loop 305 north (Pryor Avenue) Southern terminus of Loop 305
Batesville 61.0 98.2 FM 117 – Uvalde, Dilley
  61.9 99.6 RM 187 north – Sabinal Southern terminus of RM 187
  65.2 104.9 FM 1866 west – Sabinal Eastern terminus of FM 1866
Frio   85.1 137.0 FM 140 – Pearsall, Uvalde Interchange
  85.1 137.0 FM 3352 south Northern terminus of FM 3352
  98.1–
98.2
157.9–
158.0
I‑35 – Moore, Pearsall, San Antonio Exit 111 (I-35)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Droz, Robert V. U.S. Highways : From US 1 to (US 830). URL accessed 02:55, 4 July 2006 (UTC).
  2. ^ Texas Department of Transportation. "Highway Designation File – U.S. Highway 57". Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 290. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/290.pdf. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  4. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 291. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/291.pdf. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  5. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 321. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/321.pdf. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  6. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 347. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/347.pdf. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  7. ^ Texas Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Texas County Map Book (Map). 1:120,000. Cartography by Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012 ed.). p. 376. http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/grid_search/_includes/countymapbook2006/Pages/376.pdf. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  8. ^ Google Inc. "U.S. Route 57". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=International+Bridge&daddr=US-57+N&hl=en&geocode=Fe8CtgEdTE8C-g%3BFX7tugEdgKEY-g&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=16&t=m&z=10. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  9. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway Spur No. 216". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing