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.

Exit list[edit]

The numbering system for US 75 is not based on mile markers; instead, the exits were numbered consecutively (the only 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.

County Location # Destinations Notes
Dallas Dallas Old New
284D Bryan Street; Good-Latimer Expressway southbound exit and northbound entrance
I‑345 to I‑45 – Houston southbound exit and northbound entrance
285 Ross Avenue southbound exit only; exit no. corresponds to I-45
1A Spur 366 to I‑35E – Denton, Waco southbound exit and northbound entrance; northbound from where I-45 becomes US 75, exit 286; no. corresponds to I-45 north
1 1A (Hall Street) signed along with Lemmon at this northbound exit
2 (Lemmon Avenue)
3 1B Haskell Avenue; Blackburn Street; Fitzhugh Avenue; Lemmon Avenue
4 (Fitzhugh Avenue)
5 2 Knox Street; Henderson Avenue; Monticello Avenue; Fitzhugh Avenue
6 (Monticello Avenue)
7 (McCommas Boulevard)
8 3 Mockingbird Lane; University Boulevard; Monticello Avenue
9 (Yale Boulevard)
10 (University Boulevard)
11 4 Lovers Lane; Southwestern Boulevard; University Boulevard exit 4A northbound
12 (Southwestern Boulevard)
13 4B Caruth Haven Lane southbound exit is combined with 5A
14-15 5A Loop 12 / Caruth Haven Lane
16 5B Northpark Boulevard; Park Lane
17 6 Walnut Hill Lane; Meadow Road
18 (Meadow Road)
19 7 Royal Lane; Meadow Road
20A 8A Forest Lane northbound exit and southbound entrance; exit 20-20A southbound
20B 8B Coit Road northbound exit and southbound entrance
20B Churchill Way northbound exit only
21 I‑635 High Five Interchange
20A Churchill Way; Forest Lane southbound exit and northbound entrance
22 Midpark Road
Richardson 23 Spring Valley Road
24 Belt Line Road; Main Street
25 Arapaho Road
26 Campbell Road northbound exit and southbound entrance
27A Galatyn Parkway; Renner Road; Campbell Road exit 26 southbound
Collin 27 Renner Road southbound exit and northbound entrance
28A Plano Parkway
28B President George Bush Turnpike
Plano 29 15th Street (former FM 544) northbound exit and southbound entrance
29A Park Boulevard; 15th Street
30 Parker Road
30A Frontage Road southbound exit only
31 Spring Creek Parkway Spring Creek and Legacy are signed as 32-31 southbound
32 Legacy Drive
32A Frontage Road northbound exit and southbound exit
Allen 33 Bethany Drive
34 McDermott Drive (former FM 2170)
35 Allen Drive northbound exit and southbound entrance
36 Exchange Parkway
37 FM 2786 (Stacy Road)
38 Ridgeview Drive
38A SH 121 south to SH 5 (Spur 399; former FM 720) – Fort Worth SH 121 joins northbound and leaves southbound
McKinney 39 Eldorado Parkway
40A FM 3038 / Spur 359 (Louisiana Street; Virginia Parkway)
40B White Avenue northbound exit and southbound entrance
41 US 380 – Greenville, Denton
42A Wilmeth Road
42B Bloomdale Road
43 FM 543 (Weston Road)
44 Telephone Road; Davis Road
45 SH 121 north – Bonham SH 121 joins southbound and leaves northbound
Melissa 46 Melissa Road
47 Throckmorton Road; Foster Crossing Road; Collin County Outer Loop
Anna 48 FM 455 (Anna-Weston Road)
49 Mantua Road
50 County Line Road
Grayson Van Alstyne 51 FM 121 – Van Alstyne Due to confusion between this exit and State Highway 121 (a few miles to the south, which leads to DFW Airport), southbound highway signs are marked "DFW TRAFFIC DO NOT EXIT"
52 Farmington Road
Howe 53 Spur 381 – Howe
54 SH 5 / FM 902
Sherman 55A Frontage Road southbound exit and entrance
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) Lamar Street is one way eastbound; Houston Street is one way westbound
59 Washington Street no southbound entrance
60 FM 131 (Travis Street; Taylor Street)
61 SH 91 north (Texoma Parkway) no southbound exit
62 Lamberth Road northbound exit and southbound entrance
63 US 82 – Bonham, Gainesville
64 Loy Lake Road; Fallon Drive
65 FM 691 - Grayson County Airport; Grayson County College
Denison 66 Spur 503 – Denison
67 Loy Lake Road
68 Crawford Street Road
69 FM 120 – Pottsboro; Lake Texoma
70 FM 84
71 Randell Lake Road
72 SH 91
73 US 69 south – Greenville, Denison US 69 joins northbound and leaves southbound
74 Frontage Road
75 Texas Travel Info Center Southbound exit and southbound entrance

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]

Route map: Google / Bing


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