Texas State Highway Spur 261

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State Highway Spur 261 marker

State Highway Spur 261
North Shepherd Drive
Route information
Length: 4.611 mi[1] (7.421 km)
Existed: 1954 – present
Major junctions
South end: I-610 in Houston
North end: I-45 in Houston
Highway system
Spur 260 Loop 262

Texas State Highway Spur 261 (also known locally as N. Shepherd Drive) is a Texas State Spur in Harris County, Texas. It runs from North Loop Freeway Interstate 610, until it reaches Interstate 45.

Route description[edit]

Spur 261 begins at an interchange with I-610 in Houston, Harris County, at which point it heads north on a one-way pair following three-lane North Shepherd Drive northbound and three-lane North Durham Drive southbound. The one-way pair heads through commercial areas, with the southbound direction joining the northbound direction on six-lane divided North Shepherd Drive. The road runs past more businesses, crossing under a BNSF Railway line. The highway continues between residential neighborhoods to the west and commercial areas to the east before crossing West 43rd Street/West Crosstimbers Road, at which point it is lined with more businesses. The road continues through more commercial areas, with the median widening slightly.[1][2][3] Spur 261 reaches its northern terminus at an interchange with I-45.[1][2][4]


Spur 261 was designated onto its current alignment on March 24, 1954. It has remained on the same road since.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Houston, Harris County.

mi[1] km Destinations Notes
0.000 0.000 I-610 (North Loop) I-610 exit 15
4.611 7.421 I-45 (North Freeway) I-45 exit 56B
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c d e Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway Spur No. 261". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Google (October 12, 2011). "overview of Texas State Highway Spur 261" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ County Grid Map 562 (PDF) (Map). Texas Department of Transportation. 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ County Grid Map 561 (PDF) (Map). Texas Department of Transportation. 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2011.