Texas State Highway 70

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State Highway 70 marker

State Highway 70
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 315.886 mi[1][nb 1] (508.369 km)
Existed: 1923 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 277 south of Blackwell
  SH 153 near Nolan
I-20 / US 84 in Sweetwater
US 180 in Roby
SH 92 in Rotan
US 380 in Jayton
SH 208 near Spur
US 82 / SH 114 in Dickens
US 62 / US 70 in Matador
SH 86 in Turkey
SH 256 near Antelope Flats
US 287 in Clarendon
I-40 near Groom
US 60 / SH 152 in Pampa
North end: US 83 south of Perryton
Location
Counties: Coke, Nolan, Fisher, Kent, Dickens, Motley, Hall, Briscoe, Donley, Gray, Roberts, Ochiltree
Highway system
SH 69 SH 71
State Highway 70 crossing the Little Red River in Hall County, Texas.

State Highway 70 (SH 70) is a state highway in Texas. The route runs approximately 315 miles (507 km) from US 277 near Blackwell to US 83 south of Perryton.[1][2][3]

Route description[edit]

SH 70 begins in far northeastern Coke County at a junction with US 277 north of Bronte.[2] The highway soon crosses into Nolan County, where it serves as the northern terminus of SH 153.[4] The first large city along SH 70's route is Sweetwater; here, the route is concurrent with Interstate 20 and US 84 along the south side of the city, between IH 20's Exits #244 and #247, before it resumes its northward course and enters Fisher County.[5] SH 70 intersects US 180 in Roby and SH 92 in Rotan.[6] Continuing north into Kent County, the route begins a concurrency with US 380 that lasts until Jayton.[7] In Dickens County, SH 70 serves as the northern terminus of SH 208 and passes through the east and north side of Spur before reaching Dickens and an intersection with US 82 / SH 114.[8][9] After heading almost due north from here, the route enters Motley County and passes through the town of Roaring Springs.[10] The next major city along the route is Matador, where SH 70 and US 70 intersect one another (along with US 62).[11] After leaving Matador, SH 70 enters Hall County, where it has a brief concurrency with SH 86 through Turkey.[12] The highway then briefly turns to the northwest and enters Briscoe County, beginning a brief concurrency with SH 256, before turning to the west and reentering Hall County; the two routes separate near the community of South Brice.[13] SH 70 resumes a more northerly path into Donley County, and has a short concurrency with US 287 through Clarendon.[14] After the two routes separate, SH 70 heads due north to a junction with Interstate 40 at its Exit #124, near the Donley–Gray County line.[15] Northbound SH 70 is concurrent with the freeway for about 3.5 mi (5.6 km) before the routes split at IH 40 Exit #121. SH 70 continues north into Pampa, where it intersects US 60 and has a half-mile duplex with SH 152. After leaving Pampa, the route turns more to the north-northeast, and enters the sparsely-populated Roberts County, where its only intersections are with a few farm to market roads that connect to the county seat of Miami.[16][17] SH 70 then enters Ochiltree County and reaches its northern terminus at US 83 south of Perryton.[3] While the current official route description of SH 70 indicates a concurrency with US 83 to a junction with SH 15 in Perryton, that roadway is presently signed only as US 83, which agrees with TxDOT's County Map Book, and signage in Perryton at the SH 15 junction with US 83 directs traffic to SH 70 using "TO SH 70" markers.[1][3]

History[edit]

Old Texas 70.svg

SH 70 was originally designated on August 21, 1923 from Aspermont to just northeast of San Angelo along a portion of the original SH 4, which had been shifted farther east.[18] By 1933, the route had been rerouted north to Jayton, replacing SH 161 and a small portion of SH 84. On September 26, 1939, SH 70 was extended north from Jayton to Dickens, absorbing a portion of SH 18. Significant extension came on October 10. 1947, when SH 70 was extended to Perryton in the northern Panhandle; this was due to the realignment of US 62 between Matador and Ralls, bypassing Dickens, and the cancellation of SH 18 from Matador to Perryton.[19][20] On February 12, 1948, US 277 was rerouted to a more westerly alignment between Abilene, Texas and San Angelo, Texas, and the section from just south of Blackwell to near San Angelo was transferred to that route.[1][21] On September 27, 1957, SH 70 was shifted to a more westerly alignment in Dickens, and Loop 120 was designated along the old route of SH 70 through the city.[22]

A spur, SH 70A, went from Robert Lee east to Bronte and northeast to Abilene. This route was renumbered as SH 158 on March 19, 1930.

Texas Loop 549.svg

On September 27, 1985, Texas State Highway Loop 549 was designated as a bypass of SH 70 in Sweetwater and was signed, but not designated, as SH 70, and the old route was signed as a business route. On June 21, 1990, SH 70 was designated on Loop 549, and the old route of SH 70 became a business route, cancelling Loop 549.

Business route[edit]

Texas Business 70-G.svg

Business State Highway 70-G
Location: Sweetwater
Length: 3.788 mi[23][nb 2] (6.096 km)
Existed: 1990–present[23]

SH 70 has one business route, Business SH 70-G in Sweetwater, which is a former alignment of the state highway through that city. The route was designated in 1990, when SH 70 was rerouted along the south and east side of the city to use the I-20 freeway. The business route is also concurrent with BL I-20 through downtown Sweetwater.[23][24]

Junction list

The entire route is in Sweetwater, Nolan County.

mi[25] km Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 I-20 / US 84 / SH 70 – Abilene, Roscoe, San Angelo I-20 exit 244
1.5 2.4 BL I-20 west (Broadway Avenue) / FM 419 north (Elm Street) South end of BL I-20 overlap
2.0 3.2 BL I-20 east (Broadway Avenue) – Abilene North end of BL I-20 overlap
4.3 6.9 SH 70 – Roby, Abilene, Big Spring
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Coke 0.0 0.0 US 277 – San Angelo, Abilene Southern terminus; interchange
1.6 2.6 FM 3399
Nolan Blackwell 5.8 9.3 FM 1170
20.7 33.3 SH 153 – Winters
21.3 34.3 FM 608 – Maryneal
27.7 44.6 FM 1809
28.6 46.0 FM 1856 – Lake Sweetwater
Sweetwater 31.8 51.2 I-20 west / US 84 west – Big Spring, Snyder

Bus. SH 70 – Downtown Sweetwater
South end of IH 20/US 84 concurrency, exit 244.
34.8 56.0 I-20 east / US 84 east / BL I-20 – Abilene North end of IH 20/US 84 concurrency, exit 247; south end of IH 20 Bus. concurrency.
36.0 57.9 BL I-20 North end of IH 20 Bus. concurrency
37.2 59.9
Bus. SH 70
Fisher 42.1 67.8 FM 2744
47.1 75.8 FM 57 – Busby, Sylvester
Roby 54.4 87.5 US 180 – Snyder, Anson
Rotan 63.9 102.8 SH 92 / FM 611 – Hamlin
70.8 113.9 FM 610 – Aspermont
Kent 90.0 144.8 US 380 west – Post South end of US 380 concurrency
92.3 148.5 FM 1083
Jayton 97.5 156.9 US 380 east – Aspermont North end of US 380 concurrency
98.3 158.2 FM 1083
99.0 159.3 FM 1228
Girard FM 643
Dickens FM 3294
Steele Hill SH 208
Spur Spur 21 (6th St.) to FM 261
Spur 21 (Burlington Ave.) to FM 836
FM 1868
FM 1868
Dickens Loop 120
US 82 / SH 114 – Ralls, Guthrie
Loop 120
FM 193 – McAdoo, Afton
Motley FM 3203
Roaring Springs Loop 42 (Poplar St.) / FM 684
Loop 42 (Second St.)
FM 1045
Matador US 62 / US 70 – Floydada, Paducah
Spur 196 (Dundee St.)
FM Spur 94 to FM 94
FM 2999
FM 2009
FM 97 – Flomot
Hall Turkey SH 86 west (Main St.) – Quitaque, Tulia South end of SH 86 concurrency
SH 86 east – Estelline North end of SH 86 concurrency
Briscoe SH 256 west – Silverton South end of SH 256 concurrency
Hall South Brice SH 256 east – Memphis North end of SH 256 concurrency
Donley Clarendon US 287 south – Childress South end of US 287 concurrency
FM 2162 to FM 2362
US 287 north – Amarillo North end of US 287 concurrency
I-40 east – Oklahoma City South end of IH 40 concurrency, exit 124.
I-40 west – Amarillo North end of IH 40 concurrency, exit 121.
Gray FM 2477 – Lake McClellan
FM 293
FM 749 – Bowers City
Loop 171
Pampa FM 750 (McCullough St.)
US 60 / SH 152 east – Panhandle, Canadian, Wheeler South end of SH 152 concurrency
SH 152 west – Borger North end of SH 152 concurrency
Loop 171
Roberts FM 282 – Miami
FM 283 – Miami
Ochiltree FM 281
FM 759 – Spearman
Ochiltree FM 3045 – Farnsworth
US 83 – Perryton, Canadian Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The certified length given is shorter than the actual mileage, as the TxDOT description of SH 70 considers it to be discontinuous at rather than concurrent with all Interstates and US highways.
  2. ^ The certified length given is shorter than the actual mileage, as the TxDOT description of Bus. SH 70 considers it to be discontinuous at rather than concurrent with BL I-20 in Sweeywater.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway No. 70". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Map Book (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 278. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 17, 2011. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Map Book (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 233. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 17, 2011. [dead link]
  4. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Map Book (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 277. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 17, 2011. [dead link]
  5. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Map Book (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 276. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 17, 2011. [dead link]
  6. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Map Book (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 275. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 17, 2011. [dead link]
  7. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Map Book (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 245. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 17, 2011. [dead link]
  8. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Map Book (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 244. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 17, 2011. [dead link]
  9. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Map Book (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 243. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 17, 2011. [dead link]
  10. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Map Book (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 242. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 17, 2011. [dead link]
  11. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Map Book (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 241. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 17, 2011. [dead link]
  12. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Map Book (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 240. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 17, 2011. [dead link]
  13. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Map Book (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 239. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 17, 2011. [dead link]
  14. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Map Book (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 238. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 17, 2011. [dead link]
  15. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Map Book (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 237. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 17, 2011. [dead link]
  16. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Map Book (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 235. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 17, 2011. [dead link]
  17. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Map Book (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 234. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 17, 2011. [dead link]
  18. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676878.pdf.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "U.S. Highway No. 62". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  20. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway No. 18". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  21. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "U.S. Highway No. 277". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  22. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway Loop No. 120". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  23. ^ a b c Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Business State Highway No. 70-G". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  24. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Business Interstate Highway No. 20-M". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  25. ^ Google (October 3, 2017). "Overview Map of SH 70-G" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 3, 2017.