Texas State Highway 73

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State Highway 73 marker

State Highway 73
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length42.02 mi[1] (67.62 km)
Major junctions
West end I-10 in Winnie
  US 69 / US 96 / US 287 in Port Arthur
East end I-10 near Orange
CountiesChambers, Jefferson, Orange
Highway system
SH 72SH 74

State Highway 73 (SH 73) is a Texas state highway that runs 42 miles (68 km) from Winnie through Port Arthur to near Orange.

In September 2008, Hurricane Ike forced the closure of SH 73. Among other road debris left by the storm were two 200-ton barges. The storm surge pushed the barges inland before they came to rest on the highway.[2]


Previous routes[edit]

The original SH 73 was designated on August 21, 1923, from Oldenburg to Houston, absorbing the eastern half of SH 3A.[3] On October 26, 1932, it was rerouted southwest from Katy to Alleyton, with the portion from Oldenburg to Industry being another section (FM 109 would connect the two sections later).[4] On November 30, 1932, the section from Katy to Sealy was taken over for maintenance, and plans to construct the section from Sealy to Alleyton were underway. [5] On December 8, 1932, the section from Industry to Oldenburg was transferred to SH 159. On July 15, 1935, the section from Sealy to Alleyton was cancelled.[6] This section was restored on May 19, 1936.[7] On September 26, 1939, SH 73 extended east to Port Arthur, replacing SH 228, and the stretch from Winnie to Anahuac replaced part of SH 125. On November 24, 1941, the section from Columbus to Houston was canceled and transferred to rerouted US 90. Construction was slow, with only small portions outside Houston, Port Arthur, and the stretch from Winnie to Anahuac (signed as 73-T) completed by 1954. On November 30, 1961, the route was shortened from Port Arthur to Winnie, with the western portions having been replaced by Interstate 10 (I-10). SH 73-T was renumbered as SH 65. On July 29, 1982, the route was extended along its current route to Orange, along a concurrent route with SH 87 and SH 62.

SH 73A was designated on July 18, 1924, from SH 73 in Fayetteville to Hempstead as a restoration of canceled SH 3C.[8] On March 19, 1930, this route was renumbered SH 159.

In popular culture[edit]

SH 73 is shown as a road sign in the opening 10 seconds of the 1941 movie Moon Over Miami immediately following the opening credits. There is no mention of the city in that film. A similar road sign of SH 73 is also depicted on the set of The Partridge Family.

Major intersections[edit]

Chambers I-10 west / FM 1406 – HoustonWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; I-10 exit 828
SH 124 south / FM 1663 – Winnie, GalvestonWest end of SH 124 concurrency
Broussard Roadeastbound exit only
county line
FM 1406at-grade intersection; east end of freeway
Jefferson SH 124 north – Beaumont, Fannett, HamshireEast end of SH 124 concurrency
Port Arthur Spur 93 north – Beaumont
SH 82 south – Cameroninterchange; west end of freeway
Spur 215 (Savannah Avenue)
US 69 / US 96 / US 287 (Memorial Boulevard) – Beaumont, Airport
9th Avenue
SH 347 – Nederland
Groves39th Street - Grovesno direct westbound exit (signed at 32nd Street)
32nd Street / Main Avenue
25th Street - Groves
Port Arthur SH 87 south – Port ArthurWest end of SH 87 concurrency; no direct eastbound exit (signed at 25th Street)
Taft Avenue / Procter Street
FM 366 – Groves, Port Nechesinterchange; east end of freeway; no direct eastbound exit (signed at Taft Avenue / Procter Street)
Neches RiverVeterans Memorial Bridge / Rainbow Bridge
OrangeBridge City FM 1442 north
Cow Bayou Swing Bridge over Cow Bayou
SH 87 northEast end of SH 87 concurrency; west end of SH 62 concurrency
Orange FM 105 – Orangefield, Orange
I-10 (US 90) / SH 62 north – Beaumont, Lake CharlesI-10 exit 873; east end of SH 62 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway No. 73". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  2. ^ Myers, Ryan (September 21, 2008). "Demolition team works to clear barges from Texas 73". Beaumont Enterprise. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  3. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676878.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673818.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673821.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673871.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673884.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676889.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]

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