U.S. Route 79 in Texas

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US Highway 79 marker

US Highway 79
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 271.788 mi[1] (437.400 km)
Existed: 1935 – present
Major junctions
South end: I-35.svg I-35 in Round Rock
  I-45.svg I-45 in Buffalo
I-369.svgUS 59.svg Future I-369/US 59 in Carthage
North end: US 79 at Louisiana state line
Highway system
US 77 US 80

U.S. Route 79 (US 79) is a U.S. highway that begins in the state of Texas at Interstate 35 in Round Rock. The highway travels northeast–southwest through the state, crossing into Louisiana approximately 23 miles northeast of Carthage. US 79 is entwined with two tragedies of country music: Johnny Horton was killed by a drunk driver on the highway near Milano in 1960 and Jim Reeves, killed in a plane crash in 1964, is buried and memorialized on US 79 in his hometown of Carthage.

Route description[edit]

U.S. 79 is the main street of Rockdale in Milam County, Texas.

US 79 begins at an interchange with Interstate 35 in the Austin suburb of Round Rock. The highway travels through the town as Palm Valley Boulevard, entering into the town of Hutto just before an interchange with State Highway 130. Leaving Hutto, US 79 takes a more rural route, bypassing the town of Taylor and enters Milam County right before entering the small community of Thorndale. US 79 runs through the town of Rockdale before entering Milano, where it begins an overlap with U.S. Route 190 and a brief concurrency with State Highway 36. The overlap with US 190 ends in Hearne, where an overlap with State Highway 6 begins. US 79 leaves State Highway 6, resuming its northeast–southwest run. The highway runs through several smaller towns, including Franklin and Buffalo, and begins an overlap with US 84 approximately 9 miles southwest of Palestine. Running through the city, the highway intersects US Route 287 and shares a brief overlap with State Highway 19. Leaving Palestine, US 79 travels through a heavily forested area of east Texas serving the towns of Jacksonville and Henderson. Leaving Henderson, the highway runs in an east–west direction before arriving at Carthage, turning back into a more northeast–southwest direction. About 23 miles northeast of Carthage US 79 leaves Texas and enters into Louisiana, running towards Shreveport.


Junction list[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Williamson Round Rock I-35 – Waco, Austin I-35 exit 253; continuation past I-35 via Sam Bass Road
Spur 376 north (Mays Street)
FM 1460 north (A. W. Grimes Boulevard) – Georgetown
Hutto SH 130 Toll – Waco, San Antonio Interchange; SH 130 exit 423
FM 685 south – Pflugerville
FM 1660 north – Jonah South end of FM 1660 overlap
FM 1660 south – Norman's Crossing North end of FM 1660 overlap
FM 3349 south – Norman's Crossing
Taylor
Bus. US 79 north / Loop 397 north – Taylor, Temple
Interchange
FM 973 south – Manor
SH 95 – Temple, Elgin Interchange
FM 112 – Taylor, Lexington

Bus. US 79 south – Taylor
Interchange
FM 619
FM 1063 north
Milam Thorndale FM 486 – San Gabriel
FM 1786 south
Rockdale FM 487 south – Lexington South end of FM 487 overlap
FM 908 – Caldwell
FM 487 north – Cameron North end of FM 487 overlap
US 77 – Cameron, Lexington Interchange
Milano US 190 west / SH 36 north – Cameron South end of US 190/SH 36 overlap
FM 3242 north
SH 36 south – Caldwell North end of SH 36 overlap
Gause FM 2095 west
Robertson FM 1644 north – Calvert
FM 50 south – Mumford
Hearne US 190 east / SH 6 south / FM 391 east – Bryan, College Station Interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance; north end of US 190 overlap; south end of SH 6 overlap
FM 485 west – Branchville
SH 6 north – Marlin, Waco Interchange; north end of SH 6 overlap
FM 2549 south
Franklin FM 46 – Bremond, Wheelock
New Baden FM 1940 south
FM 2098 north – Bald Prairie
Leon FM 3 south – Normangee
Marquez SH 7 – Kosse, Centerville
FM 1512 north – Lake Limestone
Jewett FM 39 – Mexia, Flynn Interchange
Buffalo I-45 – Dallas, Houston I-45 exit 178
SH 75 – Fairfield, Centerville Former US 75
FM 1848 north
FM 832 south
Oakwood FM 542 south
Freestone US 84 west – Fairfield Interchange; no northbound exit; south end of US 84 overlap
Anderson SH 294 east – Elkhart
FM 645 north
Palestine FM 1990 south (Knox Street)
Loop 256
FM 2394 west (Court Drive)
US 287 / US 84 east / SH 19 north – Corsicana, Crockett, Rusk North end of US 84 overlap; south end of SH 19 overlap
SH 155 north – Tyler
SH 19 south – Palestine North end of SH 19 overlap
Loop 256
FM 2574 east – Neches
FM 2574 west – Neches
Cherokee FM 747 west
Jacksonville FM 347 – Tyler
US 69 – Tyler, Rusk
SH 204 east – Reklaw
New Summerfield SH 110 – Tyler, Rusk
FM 856 north
FM 2274 south – Ponta
Rusk SH 42 north / FM 1798 south – Kilgore
FM 839 south – Reklaw
Loop 571 north – Kilgore
Henderson FM 225 south – Cushing
FM 3310 south
US 259 south – Nacogdoches South end of US 259 overlap
FM 840 – Henderson
US 259 north / SH 64 west / SH 43 east – Kilgore, Tyler, Tatum North end of US 259 overlap
FM 3135 east – Church Hill
FM 348 south – Pine Hill
FM 1798 south – Pine Hill
Panola FM 124 east – Beckville
FM 1970 south – Timpson
FM 959 north
Carthage
Bus. US 79 north / Loop 436 south – Carthage
Interchange; south end of Loop 436 overlap
SH 149 west / Spur 572 east – Tatum, Carthage Interchange
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I-369 north / US 59 north / Bus. US 59 south – Texarkana, Carthage
Interchange; north end of future I-369/US 59 overlap
Carthage Future plate blue.svgNo image wide.svg

I-369 south / US 59 south / Bus. US 79 south / Loop 436 south – Houston, Carthage
Interchange; north end of future I-369/US 59/Loop 436 overlap
FM 123 east
FM 1186 north
DeBerry FM 31 – Elysian Fields
Panola FM 9 north – Waskom
US 79 north – Shreveport Continuation into Louisiana
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "U.S. Highway No. 79". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 10, 2016.