Texas State Highway 5

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State Highway 5 marker

State Highway 5
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 31.2 mi[1] (50.2 km)
Existed: April 29, 1959[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: Exchange Pkwy in Allen
  US 380 in McKinney
North end: US 75 in Howe
Highway system
RE 4 Loop 5

State Highway 5, or SH 5, runs along the old route of U.S. Highway 75 at Howe into the city of Allen. SH 5 parallels US 75 along its length and runs alongside the former Houston and Texas Central rail line. SH 5 was created in 1959 when the new route of US 75 was established to the west. Historically, SH 5 extended into and through Plano and Richardson.

Route history[edit]

The current version of SH 5 was established on April 29, 1959 initially as a replacement for the former routing of U.S. Highway 75 from Richardson north to McKinney when US 75 was rebuilt further to the west. The route was extended north to Howe on October 27, 1967 to replace another portion of US 75 that had been upgraded on a new route just to the west. Between 1987 and 2003, the southern terminus was moved northward as portions of the highway were returned to local cities: First, ending at SH 190 on May 28, 1986, then ending at the northern Plano city limit on October 28, 1987, and finally ending at the Exchange Parkway in Allen on March 27, 2003.

Previous routes[edit]

Historic SH 5

SH 5 was one of the original twenty-five state highways proposed on April 4, 1917, overlaid on top of the North Texas Highway. From 1919 the routing mostly followed present day U.S. Highway 87 from New Mexico to Amarillo. It continued on, routed along present day U.S. Highway 287 to Wichita Falls, and from there following present day U.S. Highway 82 to Texarkana. On July 18, 1917, SH 5 was rerouted through English.[2]

In 1926, U.S. Highway 385 was routed over SH 5 from New Mexico to Amarillo, and U.S. Highway 370 to Henrietta. While the routes were marked concurrently, the remainder of SH 5 kept its numbering until September 26, 1939, when SH 5 was truncated to a route running from north of Amarillo to near Hartley. SH 5 was finally cancelled on September 14, 1944 as it was never built (temporary route replaced by SH 354), only to be reassigned in its new location on April 29, 1959.

Historic SH 5A

SH 5A was a branch off SH 5 running from Estelline to Farwell. It was listed as such from 1919 through the late 1920s, when it was renumbered as SH 86 and shortened to end at Bovina. SH 5A was used again as a spur routing from SH 5 south into the town of Annona. This route was renumbered in 1933 as SH 180 (now FM 44).

SH 5B was a branch from SH 5 in Clarksville southeast to SH 5 in Annona. It existed from 1919 to the late 1920s, when it was cancelled.

SH 5C was a branch from SH 5 in Bonham to Garland. It existed from 1919 to the late 1920s, when it was renumbered as SH 78.

Related routes[edit]

South of Dallas, US 75 was supplanted by Interstate 45, though US 75 retained its designation until 1987. When US 75 was decommissioned south of downtown Dallas, the segment from south of Corsicana to north of Houston was redesignated as State Highway 75.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Collin Allen Exchange Parkway south end of state maintenance
AllenFairview line FM 2786 east (Stacy Road)
Fairview FM 1378 south (Country Club Road) – Lucas
McKinney Spur 399 west to US 75 / SH 121 south / Sam Rayburn Tollway / Medical Center Drive – Lewisville
FM 546 east (Industrial Boulevard) – Airport
East Virginia Street (Spur 359 west)
US 380 (University Drive) – Denton, Princeton
FM 543 north – Weston
Melissa SH 121 south to US 75 south south end of SH 121 overlap
SH 121 north – Trenton north end of SH 121 overlap
FM 545 east (Cooper Street) – Blue Ridge
Outer Loop Road
Anna FM 455 (West White Street) – Weston
FM 2862 east (Fourth Street) – Westminster
Grayson Van Alstyne FM 3133 east
FM 121 east (East Jefferson Street) – Pilot Grove south end of FM 121 overlap
FM 121 west (West Van Alstyne Parkway) to US 75 – Gunter north end of FM 121 overlap
Howe Spur 381 west (Haning)
FM 902 east (Kosse) – Tom Bean south end of FM 902 overlap
US 75 / FM 902 west – Sherman, Dorchester, McKinney north end of FM 902 overlap; US 75 exit 54
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway No. 5". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  2. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676717.pdf.  Missing or empty |title= (help)