U.S. Route 57

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US Highway 57 marker

US Highway 57
US 57 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length98.10 mi[1] (157.87 km)
Existed1970[citation needed]–present
Major junctions
South end Fed. 57 at Piedras Negras, Mexico
  US 277 in Eagle Pass
US 83 in La Pryor
North end I-35 near Moore
Highway system
SH 56SH 57
SH 75ASH 76US 77

U.S. Highway 57 (US 57) is a 98.095-mile (157.869 km) north–south United States highway that follows a nearly east–west route in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Texas. The highway's northern (eastern) terminus is about 50 miles (80 km) south of San Antonio, Texas, between Devine and Pearsall, at an intersection with Interstate 35 (I-35; old U.S. Highway 81). Its southern (western) terminus is in Eagle Pass, at the Rio Grande (Río Bravo), where it continues into Piedras Negras, Coahuila, as Mexican Federal Highway 57.

History[edit]

This 98-mile (158 km) highway was originally designated by 1933 as Texas State Highway 76, which was previously designated in 1926 on a route from Nacogdoches to Joaquin which was replaced by SH 7 in 1933. From 1942 to 1964, its eastern half was reassigned to Farm to Market Road 394 (FM 394). In 1966, the state changed the highway's number to 57 to provide continuity with Mexican Federal Highway 57, a similarly-numbered route across the Mexican border.

In 1970, the highway was commissioned as a United States Highway, and retained its "57" designation to prevent confusion. The highway is signed south–north, even though it travels much closer to a west–east direction. However, Mexican Federal Highway 57 travels south to Mexico City, so the unusual directional signing again prevents confusion.

Route description[edit]

US 57 begins at the Eagle Pass – Piedras Negras International Bridge in Eagle Pass. The highway travels eastward through Eagle Pass on Garrison Street. On the east side of town, it turns northeast briefly and intersects US 277 Business on Main Street before turning back to the east. Six blocks later, it reaches the intersection with the main branch of US 277 and FM 3443. US 57 continues east, now concurrent with southbound US 277.[2] About 1 mile (1.6 km) further, the highways diverge, with US 57 veering to the northeast.[3] The highway travels through ranchland in Maverick County and travels through a United States Border Patrol interior checkpoint before reaching La Pryor, where it intersects US 83.[4] US 57 continues eastward through Batesville and unincorporated areas of Zavala and Frio counties, intersecting several Farm to Market roads, before reaching its eastern terminus at Interstate 35 (I-35) southwest of the town of Moore.[5][6]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[7]kmDestinationsNotes
MaverickEagle Pass0.00.0 Fed. 57 – Piedras NegrasMexican border (Eagle Pass International Bridge over the Rio Grande)
0.40.64 Spur 240 (Commercial Street)No left turn northbound
0.71.1 FM 1021 (Monroe Street) – Del Rio, El Indio, Camino Real International Bridge (trucks to Mexico)
To FM 375 / Garrison Street
1.72.7
Bus. US 277 north (Main Street) – Maverick County Courthouse
Southern end of US 277 Bus. concurrency
1.82.9 FM 375 south (Bibb Avenue) to FM 1021Northern terminus of FM 375
2.23.5 US 277 north / FM 3443 south (Veterans Boulevard) to FM 1021 – Del RioNorthern end of US 277 Bus. concurrency, southern end of US 277 concurrency, northern terminus of FM 3443
2.94.7 US 277 south – Carrizo SpringsNorthern end of US 277 concurrency
3.76.0 Spur 216 west (2nd Street)
5.79.2 Loop 480 south – Carrizo SpringsNorthern terminus of Loop 480
14.723.7 FM 481 north – UvaldeSouthern terminus of FM 481
ZavalaLa Pryor46.374.5 FM 1436 west
46.374.5 US 83 – Uvalde, Crystal Citysouth end of Loop 305 concurrency
46.875.3 Loop 305 north (North Pryor Avenue) – Uvaldenorth end of Loop 305 concurrency
Batesville61.098.2 FM 117 – Uvalde, Dilley
61.999.6 RM 187 north – SabinalSouthern terminus of RM 187
65.2104.9 FM 1866 westEastern terminus of FM 1866
Frio85.1137.0 FM 140 – Uvalde, PearsallInterchange
85.1137.0 FM 3352 southNorthern terminus of FM 3352
98.1–
98.2
157.9–
158.0
I-35 – Moore, San Antonio, Pearsall, LaredoNorthern terminus; I-35 exit 111
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "U.S. Highway No. 57". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  2. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2014). Texas County Mapbook (PDF) (Map) (2014 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 225. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  3. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2014). Texas County Mapbook (PDF) (Map) (2014 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 224. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  4. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2014). Texas County Mapbook (PDF) (Map) (2014 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 256. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  5. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2014). Texas County Mapbook (PDF) (Map) (2014 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 282. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  6. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2014). Texas County Mapbook (PDF) (Map) (2014 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 311. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  7. ^ Google (January 13, 2013). "U.S. Route 57" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 13, 2013.

External links[edit]

Route map:

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