U.S. Route 83 in Texas

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 83 in Texas. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 83.

US Highway 83 marker

US Highway 83
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 783.503 mi[1] (1,260.926 km)
Existed: 1932 – present
Major junctions
South end: United States-Mexico border in Brownsville
  I-69E / US 77 from Brownsville to Harlingen
I-2 from Harlingen to Palmview
I-69C / US 281 in Pharr
I-35 in Laredo
I-69W / US 59 in Laredo
I-10 / US 377 in Junction
I-20 / US 84 / US 277 in Abilene
I-40 in Shamrock
North end: US-83 at OK state line near Perryton
Highway system
SH 82 SH 83

U.S. Highway 83 (US 83), dedicated as the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway, is a U.S. Highway in the U.S. state of Texas that begins at US 77 (Interstate 69E, I-69E) in Brownsville and follows the Rio Grande to Laredo, then heads north through Abilene to the Oklahoma border north of Perryton, the seat of Ochiltree County. It is the longest north–south highway in Texas, and the second longest overall (behind I-10).

In the Lower Rio Grande Valley, US 83 is a freeway that is at or close to interstate standards from Brownsville to Penitas. In May 2013, the Texas Department of Transportation applied to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) for this 48-mile (77 km) section to be designated as I-2. After an initial disapproval of the application by the Special Committee on Route Numbering, the I-2 designation was conditionally approved by the AASHTO Board of Directors, pending concurrence by the Federal Highway Administration.[2] On May 29, 2013, the segment of US 83 was approved as an I-69 connector using the I-2 designation extending approximately 46 miles (74 km) from Harlingen to west of Mission.[3]

Route description[edit]

US 83's southern terminus is at a concurrency with I-69E/US 77 on the south side of Brownsville at the Brownsville – Veterans Port of Entry at the US/Mexico border. It remains co-signed with I-69E/US 77 until Harlingen, where I-69E/US 77 makes a sharp turn northward and US 83 maintains a westerly route to McAllen, Texas, concurrent with I-2 until Palmview. From there, the highway roughly parallels the Rio Grande until Laredo where it makes a northwesterly turn toward Carrizo Springs, the seat of Dimmit County. The speed limit on US 83 is briefly 75 mph through Dimmit County.

Merging with I-35 just south of downtown, US 83 remains co-signed with the interstate until an exit at Botines, Texas. From there, it continues northward, intersecting with I-10 just south of Junction. US 83 is co-signed with I-10 for approximately 8 miles (13 km), turning northward and leaving I-10 at the Kimble County Airport.

After continuing northward through several rural western Texas towns, US 83 then merges with US 84 east of Tuscola, where it makes a sharp turn back to the north. US 83/84 remains a co-signed route until Abilene, where US 84 turns to the northwest and US 83 remains northbound, merging with US 277 on the west side of the city. US 83/277 remains a co-signed route until approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Anson, where US 277 turns northeast, and US 83, northwest.

After merging with US 380 in Aspermont and briefly sharing a route, US 83 continues northward, merging with US 62 in Paducah. US 83/62 continues as a co-signed route until approximately 15 miles (24 km) south of Wellington, where US 62 makes a sharp turn eastward, leaving US 83 to continue northward, where it crosses into Oklahoma approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Perryton.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Cameron Brownsville Veterans International Bridge at Los Tomates over the Rio Grande
south end of US 77 overlap
University Boulevard / East Avenue - UT-Brownsville, Texas Southmost College at-grade intersection
overlap; see I-69E
Harlingen I-69E north / US 77 north – Raymondville, Corpus Christi, Airport north end of I-69E / US 77 overlap; east end of I-2 overlap
overlap; see I-2
Hidalgo Penitas
Bus. US 83 east – Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
FM 1427 south
La Joya FM 2521 south (Leo Avenue)
  FM 2221 north – Citrus City
Sullivan City FM 886 south (El Faro Road) – Los Ebanos, International Ferry, Mexico
Starr Alto Bonito FM 2360 – La Grulla Interchange
  FM 1430 south – Garciasville
La Puerta FM 1430 south – Garciasville
Rio Grande City FM 755 south (Pete Diaz Jr. Avenue) – International Bridge north end of FM 755 overlap
FM 755 north (North Flores Street) – La Gloria south end of FM 755 overlap
FM 3167 north – Starr County Airport
Garceno FM 649 north – El Sauz, Hebbronville
Roma Spur 200 (Bravo Avenue) – International Bridge, Mexico
Roma Creek FM 650 west – Fronton
  FM 2098 north – Falcon Heights, Falcon Dam, International Bridge, Falcon State Park
  FM 2098 north – Falcon Heights, Falcon Dam, International Bridge, Falcon State Park
Zapata Chihuahua FM 2687 east / Las Alejandrenas Road – Falcon Lake, Hebbronville
Zapata SH 16 east / FM 496 west (13th Avenue) – Falcon Lake, Hebbronville
San Ygnacio FM 3169 east

Bus. US 83 north (Washington Avenue)

Bus. US 83 south (Santa Maria Avenue)
Webb Rio Bravo Rio Bravo, El Cenizo (Espejo Molina Road) Interchange
Laredo To Loop 20 north (Cuatro Vientos Road) / Mangana Hein Road
Spur 260 north (Jamie Zapata Memorial Highway) to SH 359 – Hebbronville, Freer, Laredo Entertainment Center, Texas A&M International University, Lake Casa Blanca International State Park, Airport
SH 359 east to Loop 20 – Hebbronville Interchange; south end of SH 359 overlap
Arkansas Avenue interchange; no northbound exit
BL I-35 south (Houston Street) / Santa Ursula Avenue – International Bridge No. 1, International Bridge No. 2, Downtown Laredo North end of SH 359 overlap; south end of I-35 overlap
see I-35
Botines I-35 north – San Antonio North end of I-35 overlap; US 83 north follows exit 18
  SH 255 Toll interchange
  SH 44 east – Encinal
Dimmit Catarina FM 133 east – Artesia Wells
  FM 2688 south
  FM 2522 north
  FM 1557 west – Brundage
Asherton FM 190 – Brundage
  FM 190 north
  FM 1557
  FM 1556 north
  FM 1917 east South end of FM 1917 overlap
  FM 1917 west North end of FM 1917 overlap
Carrizo Springs Loop 225 west
US 277 north (Peña Street) – Eagle Pass, Del Rio
SH 85 east / Loop 225 east (Nopal Street)
FM 790 south (9th Street)
Loop 517 west – Del Rio, Eagle Pass
FM 1407 south South end of FM 1407 overlap
  FM 1407 north North end of FM 1407 overlap
  FM 1433 north
  FM 1407 south
Zavala   FM 191 west – Eagle Pass
Crystal City Loop 155 east – Crystal City
FM 65 south / FM 393 west
FM 1433 south (North 7th Avenue)
  FM 3292 south
  FM 1025 east – Batesville
La Pryor US 57 / Loop 305 north – Eagle Pass, Piedras Negras
FM 1436
  Loop 305 south
  FM 1436
Uvalde Uvalde FM 1435 north (South Evans Street) to US 90
FM 117 south – Batesville
US 90 (Main Street) – Brackettville, Hondo south end of SH 55 overlap
FM 862 east (Studer Street)
FM 1052 west (Oppenheimer Street)
Spur 144 north (North Getty Street)
SH 55 north – Camp Wood, Rocksprings north end of SH 55 overlap
  FM 2690 north
  RM 1051 north – Reagan Wells
  SH 127 south – Concan, Sabinal
  RM 1050 east to PR 29 – Utopia, Garner State Park
Real   FM 1120 north – Rio Frio
  FM 1120 south
Leakey RM 337 – Camp Wood
  RM 336 north
  SH 39 east – Ingram
Garven Store SH 41 to US 377 – Rocksprings, Mountain Home, Kerrville
Kerr
No major junctions
Edwards
No major junctions
Kerr
No major junctions
Kimble   I-10 east – San Antonio South end of I-10 overlap; US 83 south follows exit 462
  Loop 481 – Junction Northbound exit and southbound entrance; I-10 exit 460
Junction FM 2169 (Martinez Street) – Junction I-10 exit 457
I-10 west / US 377 south to Loop 481 – Fort Stockton, Junction, Rocksprings North end of I-10 overlap; south end of US 377 overlap; US 83 north follows exit 456
  US 377 north – London, Mason North end of US 377 overlap
Menard   RM 1773 east to RM 1221
  SH 29 east – Mason Interchange
Menard RM 2291 south – Cleo
FM 2092 (San Saba Street)
US 190 west – Eldorado, Presidio San Saba, Fort McKavett State Historical Site South end of US 190 overlap
  US 190 east – Brady North end of US 190 overlap
  FM 3463 west
Concho Eden US 87 – San Angelo, Brady
FM 2402 north – Eola
  FM 765 – Eola, Millersview
Paint Rock FM 380 west – San Angelo
  FM 1929 – Lowake, O.H. Ivie Reservoir
Runnels   FM 2133 west – Rowena
  FM 2406 east – Bethel
Ballinger US 67 south (West Hutchings Avenue) – San Angelo South end of US 67 overlap
SH 158 west – Bronte
  US 67 north – Coleman, Brownwood Interchange; north end of US 67 overlap
  FM 382 north – Crews
Hatchel FM 2887 south – Hatchel
Winters SH 153 – Winters Airport, Sweetwater, Coleman
Loop 438 east (Wood Street) South end of Loop 438 overlap
Loop 438 west (Dale Street) north end of Loop 438 overlap
FM 1770 east – Novice
FM 2405 north – Drasco
Taylor Bradshaw FM 1086 west – Bradshaw
  FM 604 north – Lawn
Ovalo FM 382 south / FM 614 east – Lawn
Tuscola FM 613 (Graham Street) – Buffalo Gap
  US 84 east – Lawn, Coleman South end of US 84 overlap
  FM 204 east (Clark Road)
Abilene FM 707 – Tye interchange; south end of freeway
Antilley Road
Clack Street southbound exit only

Bus. US 83 north (Treadaway Boulevard) / Loop 322 east – Airport
Arrowhead Drive southbound access only
FM 89 (Buffalo Gap Road)
Southwest Drive
US 277 south / South 14th Street – San Angelo South end of US 277 overlap
South 7th Street
US 84 west (South 1st Street) / BL I-20 – Sweetwater north end of US 84 overlap
North 1st Street
North 10th Street
Ambler Avenue
I-20 – El Paso, Fort Worth I-20 exit 283
(no name) southbound exit only
FM 2404 (Old Anson Road) – Impact
(no name) northbound exit only

Bus. US 83 south – Abilene
interchange; north end of freeway; no southbound entrance
Jones   FM 3034 east – Lake Phantom
Hawley FM 605 west – Hodges
FM 1082 – Hawley interchange
  FM 3326 south
  FM 2746 west
Anson FM 707 south
US 180 – Roby, Albany
  US 277 north – Stamford North end of US 277 overlap
  FM 1661 north – Tuxedo
  FM 1636 east – Avoca
  FM 126 south – Hamlin Lake, Neinda
Hamlin FM 57 south – Sweetwater
SH 92 – Rotan, Stamford
  FM 540 west
Fisher
No major junctions
Stonewall Aspermont US 380 east / FM 610 west – Rotan, Haskell, Stamford South end of US 380 overlap
FM 1263 north (East North Second Street)
  US 380 west – Jayton North end of US 380 overlap
  FM 1263 south
King   US 82 / SH 114 – Dickens, Benjamin interchange
Guthrie Spur 729
  FM 193 west – Dumont
  FM 1168 north
Cottle   FM 452 west – Delwin
  FM 2278 west – Delwin
Paducah FM 1038 east (East Clare Street) – Chalk
US 62 west / US 70 – Matador, Crowell South end of US 62 overlap
FM 1037 north (Backus Street) south end of FM 1037 overlap
FM 1037 south (McAdams Street) north end of FM 1037 overlap
FM 2876 east (Brant Street)
  FM 2998 north
  FM 3256 west – Matador Wildlife Management Area
Dunlap FM 2998 south
  FM 1440 west – Cee Vee
Childress   FM 2103 west
  FM 94 south – Tell, Matador
  FM 2042 – Tell
Childress FM 164 (Road 12) – Airport
US 287 – Memphis, Quanah
  FM 3181 east
  FM 2465
  US 62 east – Hollis, Altus North end of US 62 overlap
  SH 256 west – Memphis
  FM 1034 east
Collingsworth Wellington FM 338 (15th Street) – Dodson, Airport
Loop 204 south (8th Street) – Wellington
SH 203 east / FM 3197 west – Mangum South end of SH 203 overlap
  SH 203 west – Quail North end of SH 203 overlap
  FM 1981 west
  FM 3446 east
Lutie FM 1439 east
  FM 1036 west – Samnorwood
Wheeler Shamrock FM 2033 east (Railroad Avenue)
BL I-40 / Historic US 66 (12th Street) – McLean, Sayre
I-40 – McLean, Sayre I-40 exit 163
Twitty FM 592 – Kelton
  FM 1906 east – Kelton
Wheeler To FM 2473
SH 152 – Pampa, Sayre, Airport
  FM 1046 – New Mobeetie, Briscoe
Hemphill   FM 1268 west
  FM 277 east – Allison
  FM 3044 east
  US 60 west / SH 33 east – Miami, Pampa, Oklahoma Interchange; south end of US 60 overlap
Canadian FM 2388 south (Main Street) – Court House
  FM 2266 east
  US 60 east – Glazier North end of US 60 overlap
Lipscomb   SH 23 north – Booker
Ochiltree   FM 281 west – Spearman, Sunray
  FM 2711 north
  SH 70 south – Pampa
Perryton Loop 143 – Frank Phillips College Allen Campus
FM 377 east (9th Avenue)
SH 15 (Brillhart Avenue) – Spearman, Booker
  Loop 143 south
  FM 1267 west
  US-83 north – Liberal Oklahoma state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "U.S. Highway No. 83". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 6, 2008. 
  2. ^ Vitale, Marty (May 4, 2013). Special Committee on US Route Numbering Report to SCOH on May 3, 2013 Meeting (PDF) (Report). Providence, RI: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Retrieved May 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ Essex, Allen (May 30, 2013). "I-69 Comes to the Valley: 111 Miles Added to Interstate System". Valley Morning Star (Harlingen, TX). Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ Google (March 6, 2008). "overview map of US 83". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 6, 2008. 

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