Texas State Highway 6

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State Highway 6 marker

State Highway 6

SH 6 highlighted in red, business loops in blue
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length476.4 mi[1] (766.7 km)
ExistedApril 4, 1917 (April 4, 1917)–present
Major junctions
South end I-45 / SH 146 in La Marque
Major intersections
North end SH-6 north of Quanah
Location
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
Highway system
RE 5 Spur 6

State Highway 6 (SH 6) runs from the Red River, the Texas–Oklahoma state line, 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 Interstate 69/U.S. Highway 59 (I-69/US 59). In the Houston area, it runs north to Farm to Market Road 1960 (FM 1960), then northwest along USS 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]

History[edit]

Historic routes[edit]

Historic SH 6

SH 6 was one of the original 25 state highways proposed on June 21, 1917, overlaying the King of Trails Highway.[3] From 1919, the routing mostly followed present-day US 75 from Oklahoma to Dallas, then US 77 to Waco.

Current routes[edit]

On August 21, 1923, SH 6 was extended along the eastern Gulf Division branch of SH 2 to keep SH 2 from having two separate highways with the same number.[4] In 1926, US 75 and US 77 were overlaid on northern SH 6 from Waco northward through the Dallas area to Denison, and US 75 was overlaid on the section from Houston to Galveston. In 1935, US 290 was overlaid on the section from Hempstead to Houston. While the routes were marked concurrently, the concurrent SH 6 kept its numbering until September 26, 1939, when SH 6 was truncated to the Gulf Division routing ending at Waco. It was rerouted south from Hempstead to Galveston, replacing SH 242 and SH 38.

Historic SH 157

On September 26, 1945, the roadway was extended northwest to Breckenridge over SH 67, continuing northwest to near Throckmorton along SH 157, which was decommissioned. That same day, the section in southeast Texas between Hempstead and Sugar Land was canceled, as it was redundant with the new FM 359. On August 20, 1952, the route was truncated on the north side, ending near Breckenridge. This section was transferred to US 183. On September 26, 1967, SH 6 was rerouted to bypass Bremond, with the old route through Bremond transferred to SH 14 and FM 46. On November 1, 1968, the section between Hempstead and Sugar Land was re-established, as it was routed along US 290 until it reached FM 1960, then replacing FM 1960 southward to where the southern branch of SH 6 intersected to what is now I-69/US 59 in Sugar Land. That portion of FM 1960 from US 290 to then US 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 highwayss. On August 4, 1971, the section from Breckenridge south to Eastland was redesignated as SH 69. SH 6 was instead rerouted west along US 80 to Cisco, then replaced US 380 northwest to near Old Glory. The route was again extended on July 31, 1975, replacing SH 283 between Old Glory and Stamford northward to the Texas–Oklahoma border, completing the current routing of SH 6. The old route of SH 6 was transferred to new SH 283. On October 27, 1989, a section from US 90A to McKeever Road (McKeever Bypass) was added.[1]

A spur, SH 6A was designated on August 1, 1928, from SH 6 to Texas City.[5] On March 19, 1930, this route was renumbered as SH 146.

In June 2016, a section of the highway in Eastland County between Cisco and Albany was destroyed due to major flooding.[6]

Route description[edit]

A view from the Highway 6 bridge crossing Lake Waco
SH 6, as East Blackjack Street, in downtown Dublin

SH 6 begins at an intersection with I-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 I-69/US 59 and Alternate US 90. The highway continues north into western Harris County, reaching the Westpark Tollway and I-10. It then intersects US 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 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 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 Loop 340, and bypasses Waco to the south. It reaches an intersection with I-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 I-20 just south of Eastland. The route briefly turns west, traveling along the former route of US 80, before turning back to the northwest at Cisco. As it continues, it is briefly concurrent with US 180/US 277 in north central 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]

CountyLocationmi[7]kmDestinationsNotes
GalvestonLa Marque0.00.0
I-45 / SH 146 north – Houston, Galveston, Texas City
I-45 exit 7B
Hitchcock4.97.9
FM 519 east – La Marque
5.99.5
FM 2004 to I-45 – Lake Jackson, Freeport
Santa Fe9.214.8
FM 646 south – Lake Jackson, Freeport
Southern end of FM 646 concurrency
9.715.6
FM 646 north – Dickinson
Northern end of FM 646 concurrency
11.218.0
FM 1764 east – Texas City
BrazoriaAlvin18.730.1 SH 35 – Angleton, HoustonInterchange
19.631.5
Spur 273 north
19.831.9
Bus. SH 35 – Angleton, Houston
Manvel27.043.5
FM 1128 north – Pearland
29.848.0 SH 288 – Angleton, HoustonInterchange
Fort BendArcola33.954.6 FM 521 (Mc Keever Road) – Houston Southwest AirportInterchange
Missouri City37.059.5Fort Bend Parkway Toll RoadInterchange
41.666.9
FM 1092 north – Stafford
Sugar Land45.773.5 I-69 / US 59 – Victoria, HoustonI-69/US 59 exit 109; interchange.
46.675.0Brooks StreetFormer Spur 58[8][9]
47.075.6University BoulevardInterchange
47.876.9
US 90 Alt.
Interchange
HarrisHouston54.387.4 Westpark Tollway / Alief ClodineInterchange
56.390.6 FM 1093 (Westheimer Road) – Fulshear, Houston
59.796.1 I-10 (US 90) / Grisby Road / Park Row BoulevardI-10 exit 751
66.3106.7 FM 529 (Spencer Road)
69.1111.2Hempstead Highway / Jackrabbit RoadInterchange
69.6112.0

US 290 east / FM 1960 east – Humble, Houston
Southern end of US 290 concurrency; interchange; no access to FM 1960
see US 290
WallerHempstead101.1162.7


US 290 west / Bus. US 290 east – Brenham, Austin, Hempstead, Bellville
Northern end of US 290 concurrency; interchange
Howth104.6168.3 FM 1736
107.4172.8

FM 2979 east to FM 362
Grimes112.3180.7 FM 2 – Camp Allen, Luther Unit
114.1183.6
FM 1227 west – Wallace Pack Unit
114.8184.8
FM 2988 east – Whitehall
117.1188.5

Bus. SH 6 north (LaSalle Street) – Navasota
No northbound entrance; interchange
Navasota119.4192.2
SH 105 east / Spur 515 – Conroe
Interchange
120.6194.1
SH 90 / SH 105 west – Anderson, Brenham
Interchange
122.0196.3 FM 3090Interchange
123.6198.9

Bus. SH 6 south (LaSalle Street) – Navasota, truck route to SH 105 west
Southbound exit and northbound entrance; interchange
Brazos124.4200.2 FM 2154 – MillicanInterchange; southern end of freeway
128.6207.0Westward Ho
131.5211.6 FM 159 – Millican
133.5214.8Texas World Speedway
College Station135.6218.2Nantucket Driveno direct northbound exit
136.1219.0 SH 40 (William D. Fitch Parkway)
137.4221.1Barron Road
138.8223.4 Rock Prairie RoadAccess to College Station Medical Center
139.7224.8 FM 2818 (Harvey Mitchell Parkway) / Emerald Parkway
140.0225.3

Bus. SH 6 north (Texas Avenue) / Deacon Drive – Texas A&M University
142.0228.5Southwest Parkway / Raintree Drive
142.1228.7 SH 30 (Harvey Road) – Huntsville
143.1230.3 FM 60 (University Drive) – Texas A&M University
Bryan144.2232.1 FM 1179 (Briarcrest Drive)Access to St. Joseph Regional Health Center
145.7234.5 FM 158 (William J. Bryan Parkway / Boonville Road)
146.5235.8Old Reliance Road / MLK Jr. Street
147.9238.0
US 190 east / SH 21 – Madisonville, Caldwell, Airport
Southern end of US 190 concurrency
149.6240.8 FM 974 (Tabor Road)
150.5242.2Woodville Road
151.5243.8Department of Public SafetySouthbound exit only
152.5245.4

Bus. SH 6 south – Bryan
No northbound exit
153.0246.2 FM 2818 (Harvey Mitchell Parkway)Interchange; northern end of freeway
BrazosRobertson
county line
Benchley155.3249.9 SH OSR / Spur 231Interchange
Robertson162.6261.7
FM 2549 north
Hearne167.9270.2


US 79 south / US 190 west / FM 391 east – Milano, Wheelock
Northern end of US 190 concurrency; southern end of US 79 concurrency; interchange
169.5272.8
FM 485 west – Cameron, Hearne Municipal Airport
169.8273.3
US 79 north – Franklin, Buffalo, Palestine
Northern end of US 79 concurrency; interchange
Calvert176.5284.0
FM 1644 south (Texas Street)
Southern end of FM 1644 concurrency
176.6284.2
FM 1644 north (Hanna Street)
Northern end of FM 1644 concurrency
177.0284.9 FM 979 (Browning Street)
180.2290.0
FM 2159 north
Bremond186.7300.5
SH 14 north – Bremond, Mexia
187.0300.9
FM 2159 east
188.6303.5 FM 1373 – Bremond
Falls191.0307.4
FM 46 south – Bremond
192.6310.0
FM 1373 south – Rosebud
Reagan194.7313.3 FM 413 – ReaganInterchange
Marlin201.3324.0

Bus. SH 6 north – Marlin
Interchange
203.6327.7 SH 7 – Bruceville-Eddy, CentervilleInterchange
204.9329.8 FM 147Interchange
206.0331.5

Bus. SH 6 south – Marlin
Interchange
209.3336.8
FM 2307 east – St. Paul
Perry212.2341.5
FM 1240 east – Otto
McLennanRiesel216.4348.3 FM 1860 – Lake Creek, Mart
219.8353.7 SH 164 – Mart, GroesbeckInterchange
221.8357.0
FM 3222 east (Hallsburg Road)
223.4359.5
FM 1860 south
Waco226.7364.8



Loop 340 north / Loop 484 north to Bus. US 77 – Waco, Bellmead
Interchange; southern end of Loop 340 concurrency
227.9366.8Frontage RoadSouthbound exit and northbound entrance; interchange
Waco228.2367.3 FM 434 (3rd Street) / FM 3400 (University Parks Drive)Interchange
229.6369.512th StreetInterchange
Robinson231.7372.9 US 77 – Cameron, WacoInterchange
232.9374.8 I-35 – Dallas, Fort Worth, AustinSouthern end of freeway; I-35 exit 330, access to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center
Waco234.4377.2 FM 3476 (Bagby Avenue)No direct northbound exit (signed at I-35)
234.6377.6Beverly DriveNo southbound exit
235.4378.8 FM 3223 (Imperial Drive)
236.0379.8 US 84 (Waco Drive) / Spur 298 (Franklin Avenue)Northern end of Loop 340 concurrency, access to Providence Medical Center
236.4380.4 Sanger AvenueAccess to Providence Medical Center
237.5382.2 Loop 396 (Bosque Boulevard)
238.3383.5Lake Waco, Midway Park
239.7385.8Lake Waco, Speegleville Park
241.5388.7Speegleville Road
243.2391.4 Spur 412 (McLaughlin Road)Interchange; northern end of freeway
244.9394.1 FM 185 – Crawford, China Spring
BosqueValley Mills256.0412.0
SH 317 south (Seventh Street) – Crawford, McGregor
256.2412.3
FM 56 north (Fourth Street) – Laguna Park
256.8413.3
FM 217 west – Gatesville
259.2417.1
FM 854 south
263.6424.2
FM 2602 south
Clifton267.5430.5 FM 219 (5th Street) – Cranfills Gap, Airport
268.4431.9
FM 3220 south
271.3436.6
FM 2136 west
Meridian278.5448.2 SH 22 (West Morgan Street) – Hamilton, Meridian, Glen Rose, Hillsboro, Cleburne
Iredell291.6469.3
FM 927 east – Walnut Springs
292.1470.1 FM 1238 – Cranfills Gap, Iredell
HamiltonHico301.0484.4
SH 220 north – Glen Rose
301.3484.9
US 281 south (Walnut Street) – Hamilton
Southern end of US 281 concurrency
Erath305.8492.1
US 281 north – Stephenville
Northern end of US 281 concurrency
Alexander313.4504.4 FM 914 – Carlton, Stephenville
Dublin321.6517.6
FM 847 east (North Norton) – Stephenville
321.7517.7
FM 219 south (Liberty) – Carlton, Airport
Southern end of FM 219 concurrency
322.2518.5

Bus. US 67 / FM 219 north (Patrick Street)
Northern end of FM 219 concurrency
323.8521.1 US 67 / US 377 – Comanche, StephenvilleInterchange
Comanche329.2529.8
FM 1496 south – Comyn, Proctor
De Leon334.2537.8
SH 16 south (Texas Street) – Comanche, Business District
Southern end of SH 16 concurrency
334.8538.8
SH 16 north – Desdemona, Strawn
Northern end of SH 16 concurrency
EastlandGorman344.3554.1
FM 2921 east
344.8554.9
FM 8 east – Desdemona
Southern end of FM 8 concurrency
345.2555.5
FM 8 west – Duster
Northern end of FM 8 concurrency
349.0561.7
FM 8 east
354.4570.4
Loop 389 west
Carbon355.4572.0
Loop 389 east / FM 2526 – Carbon
Punkin Center358.6577.1
FM 2563 east
362.5583.4 I-20 – Cisco, RangerI-20 exit 340
Eastland364.7586.9
SH 112 to I-20 – Airport
365.5588.2
FM 3101 north
368.9593.7
Spur 490 south
Cisco374.2602.2

US 183 Truck north (Avenue A)
Southern end of US 183 Truck concurrency
374.4602.5


US 183 south / SH 206 south to I-20
Northern end of US 183 Truck concurrency; southern end of US 183 concurrency
374.6602.9
US 183 north – Breckenridge
Northern end of US 183 concurrency
376.9606.6
FM 2807 west – Lake Cisco, Airport
382.7615.9
FM 1853 north
Callahan389.9627.5

FM Spur 880 west to FM 880 – Putnam
ShackelfordMoran392.7632.0
FM 2408 east
393.0632.5 FM 576 – Eolian
Sedwick397.6639.9
FM 2312 south
406.7654.5
FM 601 east – Eolian, Ibex
Albany408.2656.9


US 180 east / US 283 north / FM 1084 north – Breckenridge, Throckmorton
Southern end of US 180 / US 283 concurrency
408.7657.7
US 283 south – Baird
Northern end of US 283 concurrency
415.8669.2 SH 351 – AbileneInterchange
426.7686.7
US 180 west – Anson
Northern end of US 180 concurrency
429.0690.4
FM 142 north
JonesLueders430.2692.3
FM 1597 west

FM 600 south – Nugent
Southern end of FM 600 concurrency
Avoca

FM 600 north / FM 1636 west
Northern 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
Southern end of US 277 Bus. concurrency; traffic circle around U.S. Post Office
Haskell US 277 – Haskell, AnsonInterchange; northern end of US 277 Bus. concurrency; southern end of SH 283 concurrency

SH 283 north – Aspermont
Northern end of SH 283 concurrency

FM 1661 south – Sagerton

FM 1225 east
Rule US 380 (Fifth Street) – Aspermont, Haskell

FM 2407 west
Southern end of FM 2407 concurrency

FM 2407 east – Haskell
Northern end of FM 2407 concurrency
Rochester FM 617 – Weinert
O'Brien FM 2229
KnoxKnox City SH 222 (Main Street)

FM 1292 west

FM 2534 east
Benjamin US 82 / SH 114 – Guthrie, Seymour

FM 1756 east – Gilliland
Southern end of FM 1756 concurrency

FM 1756 west – Truscott, Truscott Brine Lake
Northern 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)
Southern end of Spur 133 concurrency

Spur 133 east (Nelson Street)
Northern end of Spur 133 concurrency

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

Business routes[edit]

SH 6 has four business routes.

Marlin business loop[edit]

Business plate.svg

Business State Highway 6-N marker

Business State Highway 6-N

LocationMarlin
Length5.328 mi[10] (8.575 km)
Existed1990–present
Texas Loop 23.svg

Business State Highway 6-N (Bus. SH 6-N, formerly Loop 23) is a business loop that runs from SH 6 near Marlin in central Texas. The road was bypassed on November 30, 1978 by SH 6 and designated Loop 23. The road was redesignated as Business SH 6-N on June 21, 1990.[10][11]

Reagan business loop[edit]

Business plate.svg

Business State Highway 6-P marker

Business State Highway 6-P

LocationReagan
Length0.754 mi[12] (1,213 m)
Existed2015–present

Business State Highway 6-P (Bus. SH 6-P) is a 0.754-mile-long (1.213 km) business loop that runs near Reagan. The road was bypassed on June 25, 2015, by SH 6 when it was rerouted west.[13] Bus. SH 6-P shares a short, one-block concurrency with FM 413 through Reagan. Both ends of the route are only accessible directly from SH 6 westbound. Access to SH 6 eastbound can only be reached via an interchange with SH 6 and FM 413.[12]

Major intersections
The entire route is in Reagan, Falls County.

mi[12]kmDestinationsNotes
0.0000.000
SH 6 west – Marlin
Western terminus; access to SH 6 west only
0.2460.396


FM 413 south to SH 6 east / County Road 2903 – Calvert
Western end of FM 413 concurrency; access to SH 6 east via FM 413
0.3120.502
FM 413 north / County Road 2902 – Kosse
Eastern end of FM 413 concurrency
0.7541.213
SH 6 west – Marlin
Western terminus; access to SH 6 west only
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bryan-College Station business loop[edit]

Business plate.svg

Business State Highway 6-R marker

Business State Highway 6-R

LocationBryan-College Station
Length12.477 mi[14] (20.080 km)
Existed1990–present
Texas Loop 507.svg

Business State Highway 6-R (Bus. SH 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.[14] The road was redesignated as Bus. SH 6-R on June 21, 1990. It serves as the eastern boundary of Texas A&M University.

Navasota business loop[edit]

Business plate.svg

Business State Highway 6-S marker

Business State Highway 6-S

LocationNavasota
Length6.316 mi[15] (10.165 km)
Existed1990–present
Texas Loop 508.svg

Business State Highway 6-S (Bus. SH 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) long. The road was redesignated as Bus. SH 6-S on June 21, 1990.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway No. 6". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "§ 225.034". Texas Transportation Code. Archived from the original on May 12, 2022. Retrieved May 12, 2022 – via Casetext.
  3. ^ Texas State Highway Department. "Minute Orders of the June 21, 1917 Meeting of the Texas State Highway Department" (PDF). Austin, TX. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  4. ^ Texas State Highway Department. "Minute Orders of the August 21, 1923 Meeting of the Texas State Highway Department" (PDF). Austin, TX. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  5. ^ Texas State Highway Department. "Minute Orders of the August 1, 1928 Meeting of the Texas State Highway Department" (PDF). Austin, TX. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  6. ^ Axford, William (June 3, 2016). "Part of Highway 6 in Eastland County disappears after rain". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on August 14, 2020. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  7. ^ Google (May 12, 2022). "Hwy 6, Texas" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 12, 2022.
  8. ^ "USGS Map Name: Missouri City, Texas". TopoQuest Map Viewer. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  9. ^ Google (June 27, 2022). "Sugar Land" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  10. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Business State Highway No. 6-N". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation.
  11. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway Loop No. 23". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation.
  12. ^ a b c Texas Department of Transportation (2018). "Statewide Planning Map LRS Readout (ArcGIS)". Retrieved July 29, 2022.
  13. ^ |Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Business State Highway No. 6-P". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation.
  14. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Business State Highway No. 6-R". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation.
  15. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Business State Highway No. 6-S". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation.

External links[edit]

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