Texas State Highway 29

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State Highway 29 marker

State Highway 29
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 143.3 mi[1] (230.6 km)
Existed: before 1939 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 83.svg US 83 near Menard

US 377.svg US 377 in Mason
US 87.svg US 87 in Mason
US 281.svg US 281 in Burnet
US 183.svg US 183 in Liberty Hill
I-35.svg I-35 in Georgetown

SH 130 Toll in Georgetown
East end: Texas 95.svg SH 95 near Taylor
Counties: Menard, Mason, Llano, Burnet, Williamson
Highway system
SH 28 SH 30
SH 103 SH 104 SH 105

State Highway 29, or SH 29, runs from 3.0 miles (4.8 km) south of Menard, Texas, east to SH 95 in Circleville (6.0 miles north of Taylor) via Mason, Llano, Burnet, Liberty Hill, and Georgetown in central Texas, United States.

In Georgetown, SH 29 is known as University Avenue and is the main east–west artery through the city, passing in front of Southwestern University, which has been on the same road since its Georgetown campus opened in 1873.

An open house meeting at East View High School in Georgetown was held on September 1, 2015. The meeting's purpose was to review the upcoming plans on widening SH 29 from 2 lanes (80 ft.) to 6 lanes (160 ft.). Construction will not start until after the Summer of 2016 and will occur from Southwestern Blvd extending all the way to Hwy 95 in Circleville, TX.

Previous routes[edit]

Historic SH 29

SH 29 was proposed by 1919 on a route from Port O'Connor to Austin. By 1926, it had been extended north and west along the previous SH 20, with a proposed ending in Rocksprings. By 1935, the southern portion had been shifted significantly, now travelling through Goliad and Refugio, ending near Gregory along portions of proposed routes SH 190 and SH 119. The original route became an extension of SH 27. In 1951, the stretch from Liberty Hill to Gregory was reassigned to U.S. Highway 183, with SH 29 routed farther east along former SH 104 from Liberty Hill to Circleville, and was also extended west from Mason along former SH 151 to Eldorado. In 1977, the section from Eldorado to Menard was redesignated U.S. Highway 190, shortening SH 29 to its current designation.

Historic SH 29A

SH 29A was a proposed spur route splitting at Luling and travelling northwest through San Marcos to Blanco. By 1926, it had been renumbered SH 80. It was reassigned on a new spur route from Mason to Menard. By 1931, this had been renumbered as SH 151.

Route description[edit]

US 83 to Burnet[edit]

SH 29 begins at an interchange with US 83 south of Menard. SH 29 travels east to Mason, where it begins an overlap with US 377 west of town. The two highways travel into town together where at US 87 SH 29 separates from US 377 and heads south on US 87 for about 1/4 mile before separating and heading east towards Llano. West of Llano, SH 29 begins an overlap with SH 71 that lasts until SH 16 in Llano. Leaving Llano, SH 29 travels on the south side of Buchanan Lake traveling near the Buchanan Dam. Less than a mile after the dam, SH 29 crosses the Colorado River/Inks Lake. The highway then heads towards Burnet, where it intersects US 281.

Burnet to SH 95[edit]

Leaving Burnet, SH 29 travels through the towns of Bertram and Liberty Hill before intersecting US 183 at Seward Junction north of Leander. SH 29 then arrives in Georgetown, where it intersects I-35 and serves as the south boundary for Southwestern University. On the east side of town, SH 29 intersects SH 130 then travels through unincorporated Williamson County before ending at SH 95 north of Taylor.

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Menard US 83 – Junction, Menard Western terminus; Interchange
FM 2092 west – Menard
Hext RM 1221 south – London
FM 1311 north
Mason RM 1222 north – Brady
US 377 south – Junction West end of US 377 overlap
Mason US 87 north / US 377 north – Brady East end of US 377 overlap; West end of US 87 overlap
US 87 south / RM 1871 south – Fredericksburg East end of US 87 overlap
RM 386 north – Fredonia
RM 1900 north
Llano RM 2768 south – Castell
SH 71 west – Brady West end of SH 71 overlap
Llano SH 16 / SH 71 east – Comanche, Fredericksburg, Marble Falls East end of SH 71 overlap
RM 2241 north – Paradise Point
RM 1431 – Paradise Point, Marble Falls
SH 261 north – Paradise Point
  Bridge over Colorado River/Inks Lake
Burnet RM 690 north
PR 4 south – Inks Lake State Park, Longhorn Cavern State Park
RM 2341 west
Burnet US 281 – Lampasas, Marble Falls
Bertram RM 243 south West end of RM 243 overlap
RM 243 north / RM 1174 north (Grange Street) – Florence East end of RM 243 overlap; West end of RM 1174 overlap
RM 1174 south – Balcones Canyonlands East end of RM 1174 overlap
Williamson Liberty Hill Loop 332 east – Liberty Hill
RM 1869 – Balcones Canyonlands
Loop 332 west – Liberty Hill
US 183 – Lampasas, Austin
Georgetown I-35 – Belton, Austin I-35 exit 261.
BL I-35 (Austin Avenue)
SH 130 Toll – Austin-Bergstrom International Airport SH 130 exit 415.
Jonah FM 1660 south – Hutto
SH 95 – Temple, Taylor
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

In Popular Culture[edit]

Texas State Highway 29 is mentioned in Doug Supernaw's song "State Fair" where the narrator describes his cousin getting killed by a drunk driver on "route 29"