U.S. Route 75 in Texas

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US Highway 75 marker

US Highway 75
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 76.158 mi[1] (122.564 km)
Existed: 1927 – present
Major junctions
South end: I-345 in Dallas
  I-635
President George Bush Turnpike in Richardson
US 380 in McKinney
US 82 in Sherman
US 69 in Denison
North end: US-75 / US-69 near Denison
Highway system
SH 74 SH 75

In the U.S. state of Texas, U.S. Highway 75 is a U.S. Highway that begins in Dallas and heads north to the Oklahoma border.

History[edit]

In the initial assignment of state highways in 1917, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston were connected by a branch of State Highway 2 (the Meridian Highway), which ran via Waco and Bryan and continued on to Galveston. The more direct route followed by US 75 was not initially part of the system between Richland (connected to Dallas by SH 14) and Huntsville (connected to Houston by SH 19).[2][3] This Richland-Huntsville cutoff was added by 1919 as SH 32,[4] and US 75 was assigned to the alignment, as well as SH 6 north of Dallas, in 1926.[5] The branch of SH 2, which US 75 followed between Houston and Galveston, eventually became part of SH 6,[6] and these numbers were dropped in the 1939 renumbering.

Prior to the coming of the Interstate Highway System in the late 1950s, the only improvements to US 75 in Texas beyond building a two-lane paved roadway were in the Houston and Dallas areas.[7] However, the highways in and near these cities included some of the first freeways in the state: the Gulf Freeway (Houston, opened to traffic on October 1, 1948) and the Central Expressway (Dallas). When Interstate 45 was built in the 1960s, its alignment bypassed many of the towns and built-up areas between downtown Dallas and Houston. The bypassed routes retained the US 75 designation until the designation was truncated to downtown Dallas in 1987. Many of the original alignments continue to exist under other designations.

In Dallas, the route followed what is now the Good Latimer Expressway (formerly Spur 559)[8] southeast, out of downtown, along US 175 and south along State Highway 310.[9]

Near Ferris, Trumbull, Palmer, Ennis, and Corsicana Interstate 45 veers east to avoid the more populated areas. The old US 75 alignments through these towns, decommissioned in 1987, now carry the following designations:

Through Streetman, Fairfield, Buffalo, Centerville, Madisonville, Huntsville, New Waverly, Willis, and Conroe, US 75 followed what is now State Highway 75.[15]

In Galveston, the alignment of State Highway 87 from 20th Street to the southern terminus Interstate 45 was also part of US 75 until its 1987 truncation.[16]

In other cases alignments were bypassed while US 75 remained in existence; they now carry the following designations:

Route description[edit]

US Route 75 enters Texas from Oklahoma just north of Denison, crossing the Red River. At this point it is concurrent with US Route 69, but the two separate about 2 miles (3.2 km) south of the river. US 75 continues to the south and southwest to loop around the western side of Denison. The route continues south reaching Sherman and a limited-access three-level intersection with US Route 82. US 75 then continues southward to cross US Route 380 on the north side of McKinney. The stretch through McKinney is largely unchanged from its original design except for its intersection at the Sam Rayburn Tollway. [20] to replace the original interchange. Plans to upgrade the facility through and north of McKinney are under way with the reconstruction of the US Route 380 bridge. The highway continues southward into the northern suburbs of Dallas where it intersects the President George Bush Turnpike and I-635. The route reaches its southern terminus on the east side of downtown Dallas, intersecting Spur 366 and ending at unsigned Interstate 345.

The exit numbers for US 75 are not based on mile markers; instead, the exits were numbered consecutively (the only remaining stretch of road in Texas with such a system). As the bypass route was completed around the Sherman-Denison area, the numbering system was continued for the new exits. Upon completion of the widened Central Expressway through Dallas, the exit numbering was changed for the section south of I-635 to correspond with the new (and fewer number of) exits, but the numbering system north of I-635 was left unchanged, thus explaining the gap in the current numbering system.

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile km Old exit New exit Destinations Notes
Dallas Dallas I-45 south (via I-345) / Good-Latimer Expressway – Houston, Downtown Dallas
1A To I-35E – Waco, Denton southbound exit and northbound entrance
1-2 1A Hall Street / Lemmon Avenue no direct southbound exit
2-4 1B Haskell Avenue / Blackburn Street / Lemmon Avenue / Fitzhugh Avenue
4-6 2 Knox Street / Henderson Avenue / Fitzhugh Avenue / Monticello Avenue
6-10 3 Mockingbird Lane / Monticello Avenue / SMU Boulevard
10-12 4A Lovers Lane / SMU Boulevard / Southwestern Boulevard
13 4B Caruth Haven Lane no direct southbound exit (signed at exit 5A)
14-15 5A Loop 12 (Northwest Highway)
16 5B NorthPark Boulevard / Park Lane
17-18 6 Walnut Hill Lane / Meadow Road
18-19 7 Royal Lane / Meadow Road
20A 8A Forest Lane no direct southbound exit (signed at exit 20-20A)
20B 8B Coit Road no direct southbound exit
20B Churchill Way signed as exit 20-20A southbound
21 I-635 High Five Interchange; I-635 exit 19A
22A Frontage Road southbound exit and northbound entrance
22 Midpark Road
Richardson 23 Spring Valley Road
24 Belt Line Road / Main Street
25 Arapaho Road / Collins Boulevard
26 Campbell Road / Collins Boulevard / Galatyn Parkway
Collin 27 Renner Road / Galatyn Parkway signed as exit 27A northbound
Richardson
Plano
28B President George Bush Turnpike
Plano 28A Plano Parkway
29 15th Street former FM 544
29A Park Boulevard
30 Parker Road
31 Spring Creek Parkway
32 Legacy Drive
Allen 32A Frontage Road
33 Bethany Drive
34 McDermott Drive former FM 2170
35 Allen Drive no direct southbound exit
36 Exchange Parkway
Fairview / Allen 37 FM 2786 (Stacy Road)
38A Ridgeview Drive
38B Frontage Road northbound exit only
Fairview / Allen
McKinney
38C Sam Rayburn Tollway south to SH 5 (via Spur 399 east) no direct access from US 75 south to Spur 399 / SH 5
McKinney 39 SH 121 south / Eldorado Parkway – Airport south end of SH 121 overlap; signed as exit 39A northbound
40A Spur 359 (Louisiana Street) / FM 3038 (Virginia Parkway)
40B White Avenue no direct southbound exit
41 US 380 – Greenville, Denton
42A Wilmeth Road no direct northbound exit
42B Bloomdale Road
43 FM 543 (Weston Road)
Melissa 44 Telephone Road / Davis Road
45 SH 121 north – Bonham north end of SH 121 overlap
46 Melissa Road
47 Throckmorton Road / Foster Crossing Road
Anna 48 FM 455 (Anna-Weston Road)
49 Mantua Road
Collin
Grayson
Van Alstyne 50 County Line Road
Grayson 51 FM 121 (Van Alstyne Parkway)
Van Alstyne
Howe
52 Blythe Road / West Farmington Road
Howe 53 Spur 381 (Haning Street)
54 SH 5 / FM 902
Sherman 54A Shepherd Drive
55 Frontage Road
56 FM 1417
56A South Travis Street northbound exit and southbound entrance
56B Frontage Road northbound exit only
57 Park Street / Center Street
58 SH 56 (Lamar Street / Houston Street)
59 Washington Street
60 FM 131 (North Travis Street) / Taylor Street
61 SH 91 (Texoma Parkway) no direct southbound exit
62 Lamberth Road no direct southbound exit
63 US 82 – Bonham, Gainesville
64 South Loy Lake Road / Fallon Drive
Sherman
Denison
65 FM 691 – Grayson County College, Airport
Denison 66 Spur 503 – Denison
67 North Loy Lake Road
68 Crawford Street
69 FM 120 (Morton Street)
70 FM 84
71 Randell Lake Road
72 SH 91
73 US 69 south – Denison, Greenville south end of US 69 overlap
74 Frontage Road
75 Rest Area / Texas Travel Info Center no direct northbound exit (signed at exit 74)
US-69 north / US-75 north Oklahoma state line (bridge over Red River)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "U.S. Highway No. 75". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  2. ^ Commerce Journal, Highway Commission Adopts 25 Highways, July 6, 1917
  3. ^ State Highway Department, Map Showing Proposed System of State Highways as Adopted June 1917
  4. ^ Texas State Highway Department, Highway Map: State of Texas, October 1, 1919
  5. ^ United States System of Highways, November 11, 1926
  6. ^ Conoco, Official Road Map of Texas, H.M. Gousha Company, 1933
  7. ^ Texas Highway Department, Official Travel Map, 1954 Edition
  8. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway Spur No. 559". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. 
  9. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway No. 310". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. 
  10. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway Loop No. 560". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. 
  11. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway Loop No. 561". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. 
  12. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway Loop No. 562". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. 
  13. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway Spur No. 563". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. 
  14. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway Loop No. 564". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. 
  15. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway No. 75". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. 
  16. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway No. 87". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. 
  17. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway No. 3". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. 
  18. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway No. 5". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. 
  19. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway Spur No. 93". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. 
  20. ^ "http://www.ntta.org/NR/rdonlyres/8E3D7B19-FA6F-42F3-A450-869A4C8A04CB/0/SH121_US75_InterchangeMapLow_Final2.pdf", interchange design currently under construction by the NTTA

External links[edit]

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