U.S. Route 59 in Texas

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 59 in Texas. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 59.

US Highway 59 marker

US Highway 59
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 612.169 mi[1] (985.191 km)
Existed: 1935 – present
Major junctions
South end: United States-Mexico border in Laredo
 
North end: US 59 / US 71 in Texarkana, AR
Location
Counties: Webb, Duval, McMullan, Live Oak, Bee, Goliad, Victoria, Jackson, Wharton, Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, Liberty, San Jacinto, Polk, Angelina, Nacogdoches, Rusk, Shelby, Panola, Harrison, Marion, Cass, Bowie
Highway system
SH 58 SH 59
US 59 in Houston looking east
US 59, connects Texarkana to Laredo. It is also known as the Lloyd M. Bentsen Highway in honor of the late Democratic U.S. senator from Texas, who served from 1971–1992. This sign is located near Freer, the seat of Duval County east of Laredo.
US 59 (Southwest Freeway) in 1972
I-35–US 59/Loop 20 stacked interchange under construction

U.S. Highway 59 (US 59) in the U.S. state of Texas is named the Lloyd Bentsen Highway, after Lloyd Bentsen, former U.S. Senator from Texas. In northern Houston, US 59, co-signed with Interstate 69 (I-69), is the Eastex Freeway (from Downtown Houston to Humble). To the south, which is also co-signed with I-69, it is the Southwest Freeway (from Rosenberg to Downtown Houston), which is one of the busiest sections of freeway in the United States with a vehicle count, as of 2006, over 330,000 vehicles per day just outside the Loop.[2]

US 59 (overlapped by US 71) actually straddles the border between Texas and Arkansas north of I-30 near Texarkana, with the east side of the highway on the Arkansas side and the west side of the highway on the Texas side. In the past, both highways remained on the border past I-30 as State Line Avenue to downtown Texarkana; today, only US 71 does so. Nearly 90% of this route is designated to become part of I-69 in the future. Currently 75-mile-per-hour (121 km/h) speed limits are allowed on US 59 in Duval County and portions of northern Polk County.

The total length of the southernmost segment of US 59 that passes through Texas and terminates at the Mexican border is some 615 miles (990 km).

History[edit]

The US 96 designation was originally applied in 1926 from Rosenberg, Texas, near Houston to Pharr in the Rio Grande valley. This diagonal route, south of U.S. 90, did not violate the convention of even numbers for east–west routes. The highway's east–west nature was boosted in 1934 when US 96 was rerouted from Alice to Laredo.

Route description[edit]

Laredo to Interstate 37[edit]

US 59 begins at the Mexican border with Loop 20 on the World Trade International Bridge over the Rio Grande in Laredo. At under 2 miles, the two highways run together concurrent with I-69W until I-35 in Laredo. US 59 and Loop 20 continue to run together until just south of Laredo International Airport. Loop 20 heads south to Mangana-Hein Road while US 59 heads towards Freer, traveling in a mostly northeast direction. In Duval County, the speed limit on US 59 is 75 miles per hour, the highest speed limit on the highway. US 59 shares a short congruency with SH 44 in and around Freer. From Freer, US 59 passes through the southeastern part of McMullen County, but does not intersect any highways. The highway continues northeast, intersecting US 281 in George West, before intersecting I-37 about 55 miles north of Corpus Christi. Between Laredo and Interstate 37, US 59 passes through many rural areas and ranching sites.

Interstate 37 to Houston[edit]

From I-37, US 59 heads northeast passing through Beeville. US 59 bypasses Victoria to the south, and becomes a divided highway, and has a series of interchanges, until it becomes a freeway south of Houston in Rosenberg and resumes the designation of I-69 until reaching I-610 West. Between Houston and Victoria, US 59 passes through Edna, El Campo, and Wharton. US 59 intersects many major Texas highways in Houston, including I-10 (which goes to San Antonio and Beaumont) and I-45 (which goes to Dallas and Galveston).

Future I-69 inside Loop 610 through Downtown Houston has been submitted for designation and is awaiting approval.

Houston to Marshall[edit]

Leaving Houston, the Interstate 69 designation begins again at I-610 North. US 59 intersects Beltway 8 again on the northside of town, passing by Bush Intercontinental Airport and heads into Humble. Between Houston and Livingston, most of US 59 is a limited-access freeway but the I-69 designation ends at the Montgomery-Liberty county line. US 59 passes through or bypasses the towns of Cleveland and Livingston. 46 miles north of Livingston, US 59 bypasses Lufkin, where it overlaps US 69. 10 miles north of Lufkin, US 59 bypasses Nacogdoches and heads in an almost entirely east-west direction. Drivers wishing to stay on US 59 must turn left in Tenaha, where the highway intersects US 96 and ends its overlap with US 84. US 59 passes through Carthage before intersecting I-20 south of Marshall.

Marshall to Texarkana[edit]

US 59 intersects US 80 in Marshall, where US 59 is known as East End Boulevard (due to the fact the highway runs on the east side of town, near the city limits). US 59 passes through Jefferson, 15 miles west of Caddo Lake. US 59 passes through the towns of Linden and Atlanta before arriving in Bowie County. US 59 intersects SH 93 south of Texarkana, the old highway through the city. Shortly after, I-369 designation with US 59 when the freeway intersects Spur 151, where US 59 becomes a freeway on the westside of the city. Before US 59 intersects I-30, and overlaps I-30 until exit 223B, at the state line, I-369 designation ends. After leaving I-30, US 59 joins US 71, where both highways run on the state line between Texas and Arkansas, where both highways continue north towards DeQueen, Arkansas.

Junction list[edit]

County Location #
Mile
Junction Notes
Webb Laredo
I‑35San Antonio
Loop 20 (Bob Bullock Loop) North end of Loop 20 concurrency
FM 2895
FM 2050
Duval SH 44 west – Encinal South end of SH 44 concurrency
Freer SH 16 (Norton Avenue) – Hebbronville, Tilden, San Antonio
SH 44 east – Alice, Corpus Christi North end of SH 44 concurrency
FM 2359
McMullen No major junctions in McMullen County
Live Oak FM 624
FM 1359
FM 3336
George West US 281 (Nueces Street) – Alice, San Antonio, McAllen Future north end of I-69C

Bus. US 59
FM 799 north South end of FM 799 concurrency
FM 799 south North end of FM 799 concurrency
I‑37San Antonio, Corpus Christi
FM 1596
Bee FM 796
FM 1349
Beeville FM 351
FM 673 (Minnesota Street)

Bus. US 181 / SH 202 (Washington Street) – Refugio
US 181 – Sinton, Corpus Christi, Floresville, San Antonio
Goliad Berclair FM 883
FM 1351
SH 239 – Kenedy South end of SH 239 concurrency
FM 1726
Goliad
US 183 / Alt. US 77 / SH 239 (Jefferson Street) – Refugio, Austwell, Cuero, Austin
North end of SH 239 concurrency
Fannin FM 2987 / FM 2506 / PR 27
Victoria
Bus. US 59 north (Moody Street) / Loop 463 (Zac Lentz Parkway)
FM 446
US 77 – Hallettsville, Waco, Refugio, Brownsville Future south end of I-69 overlap; Future north end of I-69W overlap; Future north end of I-69E
Spur 91
Victoria SH 185 – Bloomington, Port O'Connor
US 87 – Cuero, San Antonio, Port Lavaca
Loop 463 (Zac Lentz Parkway)

Bus. US 59 south (Houston Highway)
FM 1686
FM 444
Jackson FM 234

Bus. US 59 / Loop 521 north
Edna FM 822
SH 111 – Yoakum, Gonzales, Midfield Interchange

Bus. US 59 / Loop 521 south
FM 530 – Hallettsville
Loop 522
Ganado SH 172 / FM 710 Interchange
Loop 522
Wharton Loop 523 / FM 647
FM 1160 Interchange
Loop 523
Loop 524 to FM 441
Loop 525
El Campo FM 1163 (Palacios Street) Interchange
SH 71 (Mechanic Street) – Columbus, LaGrange, Austin, Blessing Interchange
FM 1162 (Blue Creek Road) Interchange
Loop 525 / FM 960 – Glen Flora Interchange
Loop 526
Wharton
Bus. US 59 to FM 961 / SH 60 – Wharton
Interchange
FM 102 to SH 60 – Eagle Lake, Bay City, Matagorda Interchange

Bus. US 59 / SH 60
FM 1161 to SH 60 – Hungerford, Spanish Camp Interchange

Bus. US 59 to SH 60 – East Bernard, Wallis
Fort Bend FM 2919 – Kendleton, East Bernard
Loop 541 – Kendleton Southbound exit and entrance
FM 360 (Beasley-Needville Road) – Needville Northbound exit and entrance; southbound access via Loop 540
Loop 540 north – Beasley Southbound exit and entrance; northbound access via FM 360
South 1st Street/Isleib Road - Beasley
Loop 540 south – Beasley Southbound exit only
Rosenberg Spur 10 Interchange
South end of freeway, Current south end of I-69 overlap
Spur 529
Frontage Road Southbound exit and northbound entrance
SH 36 – Rosenberg
FM 2218 – Richmond Northbound entrance from Reading Road
Reading Road
FM 762 – Richmond
Williams Way Boulevard
Sugar Land SH 99 (Grand Parkway) / FM 2759 (Crabb River Road)
Brazos River Turnaround
University Boulevard
Sweetwater Boulevard, First Colony Boulevard
SH 6
Sugar Lakes Drive, Williams Trace Boulevard
Dairy Ashford Road, Sugar Creek Boulevard

Alt. US 90
Stafford Kirkwood Road, West Airport Boulevard
Harris Houston FM 1092 (Wilcrest Drive) / West Bellfort Avenue
Sam Houston Tollway
Beltway 8 (Frontage Road) Northbound exit is via the FM 1092 exit
Bissonnet Street
South Gessner Road, Beechnut Street
Fondren Road, Bellaire Boulevard
Hillcroft Avenue
Westpark Tollway east Northbound exit only
Westpark Tollway west Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Westpark Drive Northbound exit is via the Hillcroft Avenue exit
Fountainview Drive Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Chimney Rock Road
I‑610 (West Loop Freeway) Current north end of I-69 overlap
Newcastle Drive Northbound exit is via the Weslayan Road exit
Weslayan Road
Buffalo Speedway, Edloe Street
Kirby Drive
Greenbriar Drive, South Shepherd Drive
Spur 527 north Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Main Street Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Fannin Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance
SH 288 south (South Freeway) – Lake Jackson, Freeport
McGowen Avenue, Tuam Avenue Southbound exit and northbound entrance
I‑45 (Gulf Freeway) – Dallas, Galveston
Gray Avenue, Pierce Avenue; Downtown Houston Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Polk Street – Downtown Houston Northbound exit only
Jackson Street – Downtown Houston, George R. Brown Convention Center Southbound exit and northbound entrance
I‑10 (East Freeway) – San Antonio, Beaumont
Lyons Avenue, Quitman Street
Collingsworth Street, Cavalcade Street, Kelley Street
Cavalcade Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance
I‑610 (North Loop Freeway) Current south end of I-69 overlap
Crosstimbers Road, Kelley Street, Bennington Road
Laura Koppe Road Southbound exit is via the Tidwell Road exit
Tidwell Road
Parker Road, Saunders Road, Jensen Drive
Little York Road
Hopper Road Northbound exit is via the Little York Road exit
East Mount Houston Road
Aldine Mail Route
Lauder Road Northbound exit is via the Aldine Mail Route exit
Old Humble Road, Lee Road, Homestead Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
FM 525 (Aldine Bender Road)
Houston Beltway 8 west (Sam Houston Parkway)
Beltway 8 (Frontage Road) Northbound exit is via FM 525 exit
Greens Road
Rankin Road
Will Clayton Parkway – Bush Intercontinental Airport
Humble Frontage Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
FM 1960 / Bus. FM 1960 – Humble
Townsen Boulevard Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Loop 494 / Hamblen Road / Sorters-McClellan Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Montgomery Kingwood Drive
Northpark Drive
FM 1314 – Porter, Conroe
SH 99 west (Grand Parkway) – Spring / Community Drive Exits are under construction at this time (opening in 2015)
FM 1485 – New Caney
Loop 494 Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Roman Forest Boulevard
Woodbranch SH 242
Local traffic only Southbound exit only
Creekwood Lane
Splendora FM 2090 – Splendora
East River Drive
Fostoria Road
North end of freeway, Current north end of I-69 overlap
Liberty Loop 573 (Washington Avenue) – Cleveland Two exits northbound
Cleveland SH 105 – Cleveland, Conroe
FM 2025 – Coldspring
Loop 573 (Washington Avenue) – Cleveland
San Jacinto FM 2914
Shepherd Loop 424 (Byrd Avenue) / FM 3460
451B SH 150 / FM 223 – Coldspring Interchange
Loop 424
FM 1127
Loop 393
Polk Goodrich FM 2665
FM 1988
Loop 393
Livingston
Bus. US 59 north (Pan American Drive) – Livingston, Woodville
Southbound exit is part of exit 436A
436A FM 1988 south – Lake Livingston State Park
436D Frontage Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
434B Frontage Road Southbound exit and northbound entrance
US 190 – Huntsville, Livingston
432B Frontage Road – Pedigo Park Southbound exit and northbound entrance
434D
Bus. US 59 south (Washington Avenue) to SH 146 south – Downtown Livingston, Pedigo Park
Loop 116
Leggett Loop 116
FM 942 Short concurrency with FM 942 in Leggett
FM 62
Loop 177
FM 350
Loop 177
Corrigan FM 942
US 287 (2nd Street)
FM 352
FM 1987
Angelina FM 357 / FM 1987
Diboll Loop 210 (Thompson Street) / FM 1818 (Dennis Street)
Loop 210
FM 2497 (Ryan Chapel Road)
FM 2108
FM 324
Lufkin FM 819 (College Drive)
FM 1877

Bus. US 59 (1st Street) / Loop 287 (John Redditt Drive)
Interchange, south end of Loop 287 concurrency
FM 58 (Chestnut Street) Interchange

US 69 (Woodville) / Bus. US 69
FM 841 (Lufkin Avenue) to FM 325 Northbound exit, southbound entrance
FM 841 (Ford Chapel Road) Southbound exit, northbound entrance
FM 325 (Lufkin Avenue) Southbound exit, northbound entrance
SH 103 (Atkinson Drive) Interchange

US 69 / Bus. US 59 (Timberland Drive) / Loop 287 (Ellen Trout Drive)
North end of US 69 / Loop 287 concurrency
FM 3521
FM 3439
FM 2021
FM 843
Nacogdoches Nacogdoches
Bus. US 59 (South Street) / Loop 224 (Stallings Drive)
Interchange, south end of Loop 224 concurrency
SH 7 (Fredonia Street) Interchange
FM 225 (Durst Street) Interchange
SH 21 (Douglass Road) Interchange
FM 2609 (Austin Street)
FM 1638 (Old Tyler Road) to FM 3314 (Lone Star Road) Interchange
Loop 224 (Stallings Drive) / Westward Drive Interchange, north end of Loop 224 concurrency
FM 342 (Industrial Drive)

US 259 north / Bus. US 59 south – Henderson, Nacogdoches
Interchange
FM 2864
Appleby FM 941 (Appleby Sand Road)
FM 2476 (Fitze Road)
Garrison FM 95
FM 138 (Greenwood Street)
FM 95 (Main Street)
Rusk No major junctions in Rusk County
Shelby FM 2667
Timpson US 84 South end of US 84 concurrency
SH 87
FM 947 (Tennessee Road)
Spur 470 (Bear Drive)
FM 1645
Tenaha FM 2141
FM 947 (Main Street)
Loop 157 (Center Street)
US 84 east (George Bowers Drive) / US 96 south – Center Interchange, north end of US 84 concurrency; Future north end of I-69 overlap; Future south end of I-369 overlap
Loop 157 (Center Street)
Panola FM 999
FM 2517

Bus. US 59 (Shelby Street) / SH 149 (LaSalle Parkway)
Interchange
Carthage FM 699 (Forsythe Street)

US 79 / Bus. US 79 (Sabine Street)
Interchange, south end of US 79 concurrency

US 79 (LaSalle Parkway) / Bus. US 59
Interchange, north end of US 79 concurrency
FM 124
FM 2792
FM 1794
Harrison FM 1186
FM 2983
FM 2625
Marshall I‑20Dallas, Shreveport
SH 43 (Pinecrest Drive) South end of SH 43 concurrency
FM 31 (Travis Street)
US 80 (Grand Avenue / Victory Drive)
SH 43 (Karnack Highway) North end of SH 43 concurrency
Loop 390 (Ernest F. Smith Parkway)
FM 1793
Woodlawn FM 1997
Marion FM 2208
Jefferson SH 49 (Broadway Street)
FM 1324
Cass FM 2683
Linden SH 8 / SH 155 / FM 125 (Main Street)
FM 125 (Kildare Road)
FM 1841
FM 1913
SH 11 (Houston Street)
FM 1913
FM 2328
FM 2328
Atlanta SH 77 South end of SH 77 concurrency
SH 77 (Pine Crest Drive) / FM 249 (Main Street) North end of SH 77 concurrency
SH 43 (Louise Street)
Loop 236 / FM 2791 (Hickory Street)
FM 96 (Lanark Street)
FM 2914
Loop 236
FM 2327
FM 2327
FM 3129
Bowie FM 2148
FM 3244
FM 2516 (Buchanan Loop Road)
FM 989 (Kings Highway)
Texarkana SH 93 (Lake Drive) / Loop 151 (Wallace Parkway)
South end of freeway, Current south end of I-369 overlap
US 67 (7th Street)
Westlawn Drive – Wake Village
US 82 (New Boston Road)
FM 559 (Richmond Road)
I‑30 west – Dallas North end of I-369 overlap, South end of I-30 concurrency
222 SH 93 / FM 1397 (Summerhill Road)
223A I‑30 east / US 71 south (State Line Avenue) – Little Rock Northbound exit ramp enters Arkansas, north end of I-30 concurrency, south end of US 71 concurrency
North end of freeway. US 59 / US 71 continue into Arkansas

References[edit]

  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "U.S. Highway No. 59". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  2. ^ Texas Department of Transportation, Traffic Counts Last accessed 2007-12-12.