Texas State Highway 7

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State Highway 7 marker

State Highway 7
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 212.7 mi[1] (342.3 km)
Existed: 1939[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: I-35 in Bruceville-Eddy
 

US 77 in Chilton
US 79 in Marquez
I-45 in Centerville
US 287 in Crockett
US 69 in Pollok
Future plate blue.svgNo image wide.svg
I-69 / US 59 in Nacogdoches

US 96 in Center
East end: Future plate blue.svgNo image wide.svg
I-69 / US 84 in Joaquin
Highway system
RE 6 Loop 7
SH 138 SH 139 SH 140

State Highway 7 is an east–west state highway that runs from Interstate 35 south of Waco to U.S. Highway 84 about 3 miles (5 km) west of the Texas-Louisiana state line. Between Crockett and Nacogdoches, SH 7 passes through the Davy Crockett National Forest.

History[edit]

Historic SH 7

SH 7 was one of the original 26 state highways proposed in 1917, proposed as a 'Central Texas Highway.' In 1919 the routing was mostly proposed between San Angelo and Goldthwaite, but only the segment to Paint Rock was created. From Goldthwaite, the road parallels U.S. Highway 84 to Waco. The remainder follows SH 164 to Buffalo, was unbuilt between Buffalo and Jasper, and U.S. Highway 190 to the State Line.

Possibly due to the amount of construction necessary to build this route as proposed, by 1919 the road was completely rerouted via the current U.S. Highway 84 through Lubbock to Sweetwater. Between Sweetwater and Coleman, the road was not constructed as proposed. SH 7 returns to US 84, through Waco to Palestine, heads south on U.S. Highway 287 to Crockett, turns to Lufkin via the current SH 7 then SH 103 and finally onto Jasper and Newton via present day U.S. Highway 69, SH 63 and US 190.

In 1926, U.S. Highway 70, 80, and 67 were overlaid over pieces of SH 7. While the entirety of the SH 7 maintained its number, the road had been realigned yet again, mainly due to constructions issues. The Sweetwater-Coleman road was never built, and SH 7 was rerouted over existing roads into Abilene. The road's east terminus was shortened to Long Lake. By 1933, the highway was extended east across SH 294 into Alto, SH 21 to Nacogdoches, ending in Joaquin via current SH 7, replacing SH 76.

By 1939 most of the highway had been overrun by a patchwork of US Highways, leaving only a small portion from Joaquin to Crockett remaining, rerouted yet again to a more southerly route from Nacogdoches. In 1940, SH 7 extended west to Centerville. Later that year, the section from Ratcliff to Crockett was cancelled. A few days later, SH 7 extended west to Marquez. In 1942, the section from Ratcliff to Crockett was redesignated as part of SH 7. SH 7 replaced SH 139 from Chilton to Marquez (originally ended in Marlin; extended east in 1943) in 1948, reaching its current routing by 1990, replacing a portion of FM 107.

Historic SH 7A

SH 7A was a spur route of SH 7 that split off at Coleman and traveled southwest through San Angelo to Fort Stockton. It was transferred to portions of SH 23, SH 30 (now US 277), and SH 99 (later SH 10) by 1933.

Historic SH 7B

SH 7B was a spur route of SH 7 that split off at Lufkin and traveled southwest through Groveton to Trinity. By 1933 it had been renumbered SH 94.

Route description[edit]

SH 7 runs east in Centerville

SH 7 begins at an intersection with Interstate 35 and FM 107 in extreme southern McLennan County in Central Texas. The highway travels east until it reaches an intersection with US Route 77. It briefly travels south with US 77 around the western side of Chilton before turn east again through town. The highway continues east through sparsely populated farmland before reaching Interstate 45 at Centerville. The highway continues east, passing through Crockett before turning northeast and passing through the center of the city of Nacogdoches. The highway continues to its final location, ending at US 84 in extreme northeast Shelby County, just short of the Louisiana State Line.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
McLennan Bruceville-Eddy I-35 / FM 107 west – Austin, Waco, Moody I-35 exit 315
Falls Mooreville FM 2643 north

US 77 north / Bus. SH 7 east – Chilton, Waco
interchange; west end of US 77 overlap
FM 1950 west – Cego
US 77 south – Cameron east end of US 77 overlap
Chilton
Bus. SH 7 west – Eddy, Moody
FM 434 north – Satin, Waco
FM 935 west – Troy
SH 320 south – Lott, Westphalia
Marlin
Bus. SH 6 – Waco, Hearne
FM 147 east (Walker Street) – Groesbeck
SH 6 – Waco, Bryan interchange
FM 2958 south
FM 3144 south
FM 1771
FM 2745 south
Limestone Kosse SH 14 – Groesbeck, Bremond
FM 2749 north – Thornton
Robertson FM 979 west – Calvert
FM 937 north – Groesbeck, Lake Limestone, Sterling C. Robertson Dam
Leon Marquez US 79 – Jewett, Franklin
Loop 208
FM 1147 south – Old Bowling
Robbins FM 39 – Jewett, Normangee
Centerville I-45 – Dallas, Houston I-45 exit 164
SH 75 – Fort Boggy State Park
FM 1119 south
FM 811 south
FM 1511 north
Malvern FM 542 north – Oakwood
Houston FM 132 – Porter Springs
SH 21 west – Madisonville west end of SH 21 overlap
Crockett Loop 304 (truck route)
FM 229 to FM 2076
US 287 / SH 19 / SH 21 east east end of SH 21 overlap; traffic circle around Houston County Courthouse
Loop 304 (truck route) to US 287 / SH 7 / SH 19 / SH 21
Berea FM 232 – Arbor, Shady Grove
FM 1733
Kennard FM 2781 – Pennington
FM 357 south – Apple Springs
Ratcliff FM 227 west
Angelina SH 103 east – Lufkin
Redtown FM 1819
Pollok US 69 – Lufkin, Tyler interchange
Nacogdoches Harmony FM 2782
Nacogdoches US 59 / Loop 224 interchange

Bus. US 59 south (South Street)
west end of US 59 Bus. overlap

Bus. US 59 north (North Street) / SH 21 west (Main Street) – Stephen F. Austin State University
east end of US 59 Bus. overlap; west end of SH 21 overlap
FM 1275 (University Drive)
FM 2259 south (Shawnee Street)
SH 21 east (East Main Street) east end of SH 21 overlap
Loop 224 (East Stallings Drive)
FM 2112 north
Swift FM 2713 north
Martinsville FM 95 south – Chireno west end of FM 95 overlap
FM 95 north – Garrison east end of FM 95 overlap
San Augustine
No major junctions
Shelby FM 2913 north
FM 711 south
Loop 500 north – San Augustine, Shelbyville
Center US 96 (Hurst Street / Southview Circle / truck route) to Loop 500
SH 87 (Tenaha Street / Shelbyville Street) / FM 699 north (Logansport Street) traffic circle around Shelby County Courthouse
FM 2788 east
Loop 500 south to US 96 / SH 87 / SH 7 west
FM 1656 north – Center Municipal Airport
James FM 2608 east
FM 3082 east
Joaquin FM 139 south – Toledo Bend Reservoir
US 84 – Joaquin, Tenaha
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway No. 7". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Texas State Highway 7 at Wikimedia Commons