Farm to Market Road 969

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Farm to Market Road 969 marker

Farm to Market Road 969
Route information
Length: 28.954 mi[1][2] (46.597 km)
combined length of FM 969 and UR 969
Existed: 1948 – present
Major junctions
West end: Loop 111 in Austin
  US 183
SH 130 Toll
East end: SH 21 / SH 71 near Bastrop
Highway system
FM 968 FM 970

Farm to Market Road 969 (FM 969) is a 28.95-mile (46.59 km) state-maintained farm to market road located in Travis and Bastrop counties of the U.S. state of Texas[1] of which 6.23 miles (10.03 km) are officially designated as Urban Road 969 (UR 969) in Austin but is still signed as FM 969.[2]

History[edit]

FM 969 originally started at SH 29 at 19th Street, northeast of downtown Austin; at the time, SH 29 was along the current alignment of Loop 111. It then proceeded eastward along 19th Street, terminating near Hornsby Bend. In 1952, FM 969 was extended east to FM 1704. In 1953, FM 969 extended west to US 81(now IH-35) By 1958, it had been extended to its current eastern termination point at SH 71/SH 21.[1]

In 1975, 19th Street was renamed MLK Boulevard between Lamar Boulevard and the Austin city limits.[3]

In 1986, the segment between I-35 and Loop 111 was removed from FM 969 and returned to city maintenance. This segment passes by Oakwood Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Austin, and by UFCU Disch-Falk Field, the University of Texas at Austin baseball field.[citation needed]

In 1995, the segment of FM 969 between Loop 111 and FM 973 was redesginated as UR 969, with the segment east of FM 973 remaining as a Farm to Market Road.[1] As with most other Urban Roads, no signage changes have been made to indicate the new name.

Route Description[edit]

UR 969 begins at an intersection with Loop 111 (Airport Boulevard), east of Interstate 35. It proceeds east along MLK Boulevard for 6.3 miles (10.1 km), passing by Morris-Williams Golf Course and US 183 before leaving the Austin city limits. The UR 969 designation terminates at FM 973, south of Lake Walter E. Long.

At this point, the road designation changes to FM 969. The highway continues east and southeast for 22.6 miles (36.4 km), passing through the villages of Utley and Webberville before terminating at an intersection with SH 71/SH 21, just west of Bastrop. Between Austin and Webberville, FM 969 is named Old Webberville Road.

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi[4] km Destinations Notes
Travis Austin Loop 111 (Airport Boulevard)
US 183
FM 3177 (Decker Lane)
FM 973
SH 130 Toll
Bastrop FM 1704
FM 1209
SH 21 / SH 71
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Texas Department of Transportation. "Highway Designation File - Farm to Market Road No. 969". Archived from the original on 2006-05-03. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  2. ^ a b Texas Department of Transportation. "Highway Designation File - Urban Road No. 969". Archived from the original on 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  3. ^ City of Austin - Neighborhood Planning and Zoning Department (2002-10-04). "Rosewood Neighborhood Plan Part 3" (PDF). p. 22. Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
  4. ^ Overview Map of Farm to Market Road 969 Distances Between Intersections (Map). Google Maps.