Texas State Highway 6

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State Highway 6 marker

State Highway 6
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 476.4 mi[1] (766.7 km)
Existed: 1939[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: I-45 / SH 146 in La Marque
  I-69 / US 59 in Sugar Land
I-10 / US 90 in Houston
I-35 in Waco
I-20 in Eastland
North end: SH-6 north of Quanah
Highway system
RE 5 Spur 6
SH 156 SH 157 SH 158

State Highway 6 (SH 6) runs from the Red River, the Texas–Oklahoma boundary, to northwest of Galveston, where it is known as the Old Galveston Highway. In Sugar Land and Missouri City, it is known as Alvin-Sugarland Road and runs perpendicular to I-69/US 59. In the Houston area, it runs north to FM 1960, then northwest along US Highway 290 to Hempstead, and south to Westheimer Road and Addicks, and is known as Addicks Satsuma Road. In the BryanCollege Station area, it is known as the Earl Rudder Freeway. In Hearne, it is known as Market Street. In Calvert, it is known as Main Street. For most of its length, SH 6 is not a limited-access road.

In 1997, the Texas Legislature designated SH 6 as the Texas Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway.[2]


Historic routes[edit]

Historic SH 6

State Highway 6 was one of the original 26 state highways proposed in 1917, overlying the King of Trails Highway. From 1919, the routing mostly followed present-day U.S. Highway 75 from Oklahoma to Dallas, then U.S. Highway 77 to Waco.

Current routes[edit]

In 1926, SH 6 was extended along the eastern Gulf Division branch of State Highway 2 to keep SH 2 from having two separate highways with the same number. US 75 and US 77 were overlaid on northern SH 6 from Waco northward through the Dallas area to Denison. While the routes were marked concurrently, the concurrent SH 6 kept its numbering until 1939, when SH 6 was truncated to the Gulf Division routing ending at Waco. It was rerouted south from Hempstead to Galveston, replacing SH 38 from Sugar Land to Galveston. In 1945, the roadway was extended northwest to Breckenridge over SH 67, continuing northwest to near Throckmorton along SH 157, which was decommissioned. Also in 1945, the section in southeast Texas between Hempstead and Sugar Land was cancelled for unknown reasons, and transferred to Farm to Market Road 359. In 1952, the route was truncated on the north side, ending at Breckenridge. This section was transferred to U.S. Highway 183. In 1968, the section between Hempstead and Sugar Land was re-established, as it was routed along U.S. Highway 290 until it reached Farm to Market Road (FM) 1960, then replacing FM 1960 southward to where the southern branch of SH 6 intersected to what is now Interstate 69/U.S. Highway 59 in Sugar Land. That portion of FM 1960 from 290 to then Highway 90 at Addicks was built in the 1950s, replacing and rerouting some of what was known as Jackrabbit Road. In the early 1970s, the northern section underwent a massive rerouting due to realignments of numerous U.S. and state routes. In 1971, the section from Breckenridge south to Eastland was redesignated as State Highway 69. It was instead rerouted west along U.S. Highway 80 to Cisco, then replaced U.S. Highway 380 northwest to near Old Glory. The route was again extended in 1975, replacing State Highway 283 between Old Glory and Stamford northward to the Texas/Oklahoma border, completing the current routing of SH 6.[3]

A spur, SH 6A went from SH 6 to Texas City. By 1931, this route was renumbered as State Highway 146.

In June 2016, a section of the highway in Eastland County between Cisco and Albany was destroyed due to major flooding.[4]

Business routes[edit]

Texas Business 6-N.svg

SH 6 has three business routes.

Business State Highway 6-N (formerly Loop 23) is a business loop that runs from SH 6 near Marlin in central Texas. The road was bypassed in 1978 by SH 6 and designated Loop 23. The road was redesignated as Business SH 6-N in 1991.[5][6]

Business State Highway 6-R (formerly Loop 507) is a business loop that runs through Bryan and College Station. The route runs on Texas Avenue in both cities. The route, created in 1972 when SH 6 was routed further north and east, is 12.5 miles (20.1 km) long.[7] It serves as the eastern boundary of Texas A&M University.

Business State Highway 6-S (formerly Loop 508) is a business loop that runs through Navasota on La Salle Avenue. The route was created in 1972 when SH 6 was rerouted further north and east around town; it is 6.3 miles (10.1 km).[8]

Route description[edit]

A view from the Highway 6 bridge crossing Lake Waco

SH 6 begins at an intersection with Interstate 45 and SH 3 in Bayou Vista, and proceeds to the northwest, paralleling the ATSF railroad tracks. The highway makes a mostly straight line through Galveston, Brazoria, and Fort Bend Counties, passing through the city of Alvin. As the highway traverses through Sugar Land, it makes a turn to the north after passing intersections with Interstate 69/US Route 59 and Alternate US Route 90. The highway continues north into western Harris County, reaching the Westpark Tollway and Interstate 10. It then intersects US Route 290 in CyFair, joining it as they travel to the northwest, thus finishing a large routing around the southern and western portions of Houston. The route continues northwest with US 290 as a limited-access highway. At Hockley, the highway veers to the right, forking from an old alignment of the highway, and bypassing the cities of Waller and Hempstead to the north. At Hempstead, it splits from US 290 and turns northward into Grimes County, where it bypasses the city of Navasota, while Business SH 6 passes through town. The highway then turns northwest again, crossing into Brazos County. The highway starts another bypass here, going around the Bryan/College Station area to the northeast, while the business route goes through these cities. On the northeast side of Bryan, the highway meets US Route 190, and they travel together to the northwest out of the region. SH 6 splits with US 190 in the town of Hearne, but joins US Route 79 before that route splits to the northeast about a mile north of town. SH 6 then continues northwest, traveling through lesser populated farmlands, before approaching Waco. Before entering Waco, it turns southeast on State Loop 340, and bypasses Waco to the south. It reaches an intersection with Interstate 35, and then turns to the northwest again, crossing over Lake Waco. The highway continues northwest and west through more farmland regions in Central Texas, before reaching an intersection with Interstate 20 just south of Eastland. The route briefly turns west, traveling along the former route of US Route 80, before turning back to the northwest at Cisco. As it continues, it is briefly concurrent with US Routes 180 and 277 in northcentral Texas. Just northwest of Stamford, the highway makes its final turn to the north at an intersection with SH 283. The highway then travels through sparsely populated areas of Haskell, Knox, Foard, and Hardeman Counties before ending north of Quanah at the Red River, where it meets Oklahoma State Highway 6.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[9] km Destinations Notes
Galveston La Marque 0.0 0.0 I-45 / SH 146 north – Houston, Galveston, Texas City I-45 exit 7B
Hitchcock 4.9 7.9 FM 519 east – La Marque
5.9 9.5 FM 2004 to I-45 – Lake Jackson, Freeport
Santa Fe 9.2 14.8 FM 646 south – Lake Jackson, Freeport southern terminus of FM 646 concurrency
9.7 15.6 FM 646 north – Dickinson northern terminus of FM 646 concurrency
11.2 18.0 FM 1764 east – Texas City, Dog Track
Brazoria Alvin 18.7 30.1 SH 35 – Angleton, Houston interchange
Spur 273 north
19.8 31.9
Bus. SH 35 – Angleton, Houston
Manvel 27.0 43.5 FM 1128 north – Pearland
29.8 48.0 SH 288 – Angleton, Houston interchange
Fort Bend Arcola 33.9 54.6 FM 521 (Mc Keever Road) – Houston Southwest Airport interchange
Missouri City 37.0 59.5 Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road north interchange
41.6 66.9 FM 1092 north – Stafford
Sugar Land 45.7 73.5 I-69 / US 59 – Victoria, Houston interchange
University Boulevard interchange
47.8 76.9
Alt. US 90
Harris Houston 54.3 87.4 Westpark Tollway / Alief Clodine interchange
56.3 90.6 FM 1093 (Westheimer Road) – Fulshear, Houston
59.7 96.1 I-10 (US 90) / Grisby Road / Park Row Boulevard I-10 exit 751
66.3 106.7 FM 529
Hempstead Highway / Jackrabbit Road interchange
69.6 112.0 US 290 east / FM 1960 east – Humble, Houston interchange; south end of US 290 overlap
see US 290
Waller Hempstead 101 163
US 290 west / Bus. US 290 east – Brenham, Austin, Hempstead, Bellville
interchange; north end of US 290 overlap
Howth 105 169 FM 1736
107 172 FM 2979 east to FM 362
Grimes 112 180 FM 2 – Camp Allen, Luther Unit
114 183 FM 1227 west – Wallace Pack Unit
115 185 FM 2988 east – Whitehall
117 188
Bus. SH 6 north – Navasota
interchange; no northbound entrance
Navasota 120 190 SH 105 east / Spur 515 – Conroe interchange
121 195 SH 90 / SH 105 west – Anderson, Brenham interchange
122 196 FM 3090 interchange
123 198
Bus. SH 6 south – Navasota, truck route to SH 105 west
interchange; southbound exit and northbound entrance
Brazos 126 203 FM 2154 – Millican interchange; south end of freeway
Westward Ho
132 212 FM 159 – Millican
Texas World Speedway (To be shut down late 2015)
College Station Nantucket Drive no direct northbound exit
SH 40 (William D. Fitch Parkway)
Barron Road
Rock Prairie Road Access to College Station Medical Center

Bus. SH 6 north (Texas Avenue) / Deacon Drive – Texas A&M University
FM 2818 (Harvey Mitchell Parkway) / Emerald Parkway
Southwest Parkway / Raintree Drive
SH 30 – Huntsville
FM 60 (University Drive) – Texas A&M University
Bryan FM 1179 (Briarcrest Drive) Access to St. Joseph Regional Health Center
FM 158 (William J. Bryan Parkway / Boonville Road)
Old Reliance Road / MLK Jr. Street
US 190 east / SH 21 – Madisonville, Caldwell, Airport South end of US 190 concurrency
FM 974 (Tabor Road)
Woodville Road
Department of Public Safety southbound exit only

Bus. SH 6 south – Bryan
no northbound exit
FM 2818 (Harvey Mitchell Parkway) interchange; north end of freeway
county line
Benchley SH OSR / Spur 231 interchange
Robertson FM 2549 north
Hearne US 79 south / US 190 west / FM 391 east – Milano, Wheelock interchange; north end of US 190 overlap; south end of US 79 overlap
FM 485 west – Cameron, Hearne Municipal Airport
US 79 north – Franklin, Buffalo, Palestine interchange; north end of US 79 overlap
Calvert FM 1644 south (Texas Street) south end of FM 1644 overlap
FM 1644 north (Hanna Street) north end of FM 1644 overlap
FM 979 (Browning Street)
FM 2159 north
SH 14 north – Bremond, Mexia
FM 1373 – Bremond
Falls FM 46 south – Bremond
FM 1373 south – Rosebud
FM 413 – Reagan interchange

Bus. SH 6 north – Marlin
Marlin SH 7 interchange
FM 147 interchange

Bus. SH 6 south – Marlin
FM 2307 east – St. Paul
Perry FM 1240 east – Otto
McLennan Riesel FM 1860 – Lake Creek, Mart
SH 164 – Mart, Groesbeck interchange
FM 3222 east (Hallsburg Road)
FM 1860 south
Loop 340 north / Loop 484 north to Bus. US 77 – Waco, Bellmead
interchange; south end of Loop 340 overlap
Frontage Road interchange; southbound exit and northbound entrance
Waco FM 434 (3rd Street) / FM 3400 (University Parks Drive) interchange
12th Street interchange
Robinson US 77 – Cameron, Waco interchange
I-35 – Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin south end of freeway; I-35 exit 330, access to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center
Waco FM 3476 (Bagby Avenue) no direct northbound exit (signed at I-35)
Beverly Drive no southbound exit
FM 3223 (Imperial Drive)
US 84 (Waco Drive) / Spur 298 (Franklin Avenue) North end of Loop 340 concurrency, access to Providence Medical Center
Sanger Avenue Access to Providence Medical Center
Loop 396 (Bosque Boulevard)
Lake Waco, Midway Park
Lake Waco, Speegleville Park
Speegleville Road
Spur 412 (McLaughlin Road) interchange; north end of freeway
FM 185 – Crawford, China Spring
Bosque Valley Mills SH 317 south (Seventh Street) – Crawford, McGregor
FM 56 north (Fourth Street) – Laguna Park
FM 217 west – Gatesville
FM 854 south
FM 2602 south
Clifton FM 219 (5th Street) – Cranfills Gap, Airport
FM 3220 south
FM 2136 west
Meridian SH 22 (West Morgan Street) – Hamilton, Meridian, Glen Rose, Hillsboro, Cleburne
Iredell FM 927 east – Walnut Springs
FM 1238 – Cranfills Gap, Iredell
Hamilton Hico SH 220 north – Glen Rose
US 281 south (Walnut Street) – Hamilton South end of US 281 concurrency
Erath US 281 north – Stephenville North end of US 281 concurrency
Alexander FM 914 – Carlton, Stephenville
Dublin FM 847 east (North Norton) – Stephenville
FM 219 south (Liberty) – Carlton, Airport South end of FM 219 concurrency
US 67 / US 377 / FM 219 north (Patrick Street) North end of FM 219 concurrency
Comanche FM 1496 south – Comyn, Proctor
De Leon SH 16 south (Texas Street) – Comanche, Business District South end of SH 16 concurrency
SH 16 north – Desdemona, Strawn North end of SH 16 concurrency
Eastland Gorman FM 2921 east
FM 8 east – Desdemona south end of FM 8 overlap
FM 8 west – Duster north end of FM 8 overlap
FM 8 east
Loop 389 west
Carbon Loop 389 east / FM 2526 – Carbon
Punkin Center FM 2563 east
I-20 – Cisco, Ranger I-20 exit 340
Eastland SH 112 to I-20 – Airport
FM 3101 north
Spur 490 south
US 183 Truck north (Avenue A)
south end of US 183 Truck overlap
US 183 south / SH 206 south to I-20 north end of US 183 Truck overlap; south end of US 183 overlap
US 183 north – Breckenridge North end of US 183 concurrency
FM 2807 west – Lake Cisco, Airport
FM 1853 north
Callahan FM Spur 880 west to FM 880 – Putnam
Shackelford Moran FM 2408 east
FM 576 – Eolian
Sedwick FM 2312 south
FM 601 east – Eolian, Ibex
Albany US 180 east / US 283 north / FM 1084 north – Breckenridge, Throckmorton South end of US 180 / US 283 concurrency
US 283 south – Baird North end of US 283 concurrency
SH 351 – Abilene interchange
US 180 west – Anson North end of US 180 concurrency
FM 142 north
Jones Lueders FM 1597 west
FM 600 south – Nugent South end of FM 600 concurrency
Avoca FM 600 north / FM 1636 west North end of FM 600 concurrency
FM 704 south – Airport
FM 2702 west – Hamlin, truck route to SH 6 north / US 277
Stamford FM 142 east

Bus. US 277 south (McHarg) / FM 1226 south (Swenson) – Anson, Funston
South end of US 277 Bus. concurrency; traffic circle around U.S. Post Office
Haskell US 277 – Haskell, Anson interchange; north end of US 277 Bus. overlap; south end of SH 283 overlap
SH 283 north – Aspermont North end of SH 283 concurrency
FM 1661 south – Sagerton
FM 1225 east
Rule US 380 (Fifth Street) – Aspermont, Haskell
FM 2407 west south end of FM 2407 overlap
FM 2407 east – Haskell north end of FM 2407 overlap
Rochester FM 617 – Weinert
O'Brien FM 2229
Knox Knox City SH 222 (Main Street)
FM 1292 west
FM 2534 east
Benjamin US 82 / SH 114 – Guthrie, Seymour
FM 1756 east – Gilliland South end of FM 1756 concurrency
FM 1756 west – Truscott, Truscott Brine Lake North end of FM 1756 concurrency
Foard FM 263 west
FM 1594 east
FM 2003 west
FM 98 east
Crowell US 70 – Paducah, Vernon
FM 3103 east – Margaret
Hardeman PR 62 west – Copper Breaks State Park
FM 2568 – Airport
Quanah FM 104 west – Paducah
US 287 (11th Street) – Childress, Vernon
Spur 133 west (3rd Street) south end of Spur 133 overlap
Spur 133 east (Nelson Street) north end of Spur 133 overlap
FM 2640 east
FM 2533 east
FM 1166 south
SH-6 north – Altus Oklahoma state line (Red River bridge)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi