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 (TX).svg I-35 in Round Rock
  I-45 (TX).svg I-45 in Buffalo
I-369 (Future).svgUS 59.svg Future I-369/US 59 in Carthage
North end US 79 at Louisiana state line
Highway system
US 77US 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]

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
WilliamsonRound Rock I-35 – Waco, AustinI-35 exit 253; continuation past I-35 via Sam Bass Road
Spur 376 north (Mays Street) – Austin, Georgetown
FM 1460 north (A. W. Grimes Boulevard) – Georgetown
Hutto SH 130 Toll – Waco, Lockhart, San AntonioInterchange; SH 130 exit 423
FM 685 south – Pflugerville
FM 1660 north – JonahSouth end of FM 1660 overlap
FM 1660 south – Norman's Crossing, CouplandNorth end of FM 1660 overlap
FM 3349 south – Norman's Crossing
Taylor
Bus. US 79 north / Loop 397 north – Bartlett, Temple, Thorndale
Interchange
FM 973 south – Manor
SH 95 – Bartlett, Temple, Coupland, ElginInterchange
FM 112 to FM 619 – Lexington

Bus. US 79 south – Round Rock
Interchange
FM 619
Thrall FM 1063 north
MilamThorndale FM 486 – San Gabriel, Buckholts
FM 1768 south
Rockdale FM 487 south to FM 2116 – LexingtonSouth end of FM 487 overlap
FM 908 – Caldwell, San Gabriel
FM 487 north – Bartlett, Jarrell, FlorenceNorth end of FM 487 overlap
US 77 – Cameron, Waco, Lexington, GiddingsInterchange
Milano US 190 west / SH 36 north – Cameron, Temple, WacoSouth end of US 190/SH 36 overlap
FM 3242 north – Hanover
SH 36 south – Caldwell, BrenhamNorth end of SH 36 overlap
Gause FM 2095 west – Cameron
Robertson FM 1644 east – Calvert
Hearne FM 50 south – Mumford, Brenham
US 190 east / SH 6 south / FM 391 east – Bryan, College Station, WheelockInterchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance; north end of US 190 overlap; south end of SH 6 overlap
FM 485 west – Branchville, Temple
SH 6 north – Marlin, Waco, Mexia, DallasInterchange; north end of SH 6 overlap
Elliott FM 2549 south
Franklin FM 1644 west – Calvert
FM 46 – Bremond, Wheelock
FM 2446 east
New Baden FM 1940 south
Easterly FM 2098 north – Bald Prairie
Leon FM 3 south – Hilltop Lakes, Normangee
Marquez Loop 208 north – Centerville, Crockett
SH 7 – Kosse, Centerville
FM 1146 north
FM 1512 north – Lake Limestone
Jewett FM 39 – Mexia, FlynnInterchange
Buffalo I-45 – Dallas, HoustonI-45 exit 178
SH 75 – Fairfield, CentervilleFormer US 75
SH 164 west – Groesbeck, Waco
FM 1848 north
FM 832 south – Keechi
Oakwood FM 542 south to FM 831 – Malvern, Flo
Freestone US 84 west – Fairfield, TeagueInterchange; no northbound exit; south end of US 84 overlap
Anderson SH 294 east – Elkhart, Alto
Tucker FM 645 north – Tennessee Colony
Palestine FM 1990 south (Knox Street)
Loop 256 – Corsicana, Athens, Crockett
FM 2394 west (Court Drive)
US 287 / US 84 east / SH 19 north – Corsicana, Athens, Crockett, RuskNorth end of US 84 overlap; south end of SH 19 overlap
SH 155 north – Frankston, Tyler
SH 19 south – Crockett, HuntsvilleNorth end of SH 19 overlap
Loop 256 – Tyler, Rusk
Neches FM 2574 east to FM 19 north to FM 321 west to FM 2267 north to FM 3372 north – Frankston, Montalba, Pert
FM 2574 west to FM 19 north to FM 321 west to FM 2267 north – Frankston, Montalba, Pert
Cherokee FM 921 north
FM 747 west
FM 747 south
Jacksonville FM 347 south to FM 2138 south – Maydelle, Dialville
US 69 – Tyler, Rusk, Lufkin
SH 204 east to Loop 456 west – Reklaw, Nacogdoches, Rusk
New Summerfield SH 110 to FM 235 – Tyler, Troup, Rusk, Ponta
FM 856 north
FM 2274 north
FM 2274 south – Ponta
Rusk SH 42 north / FM 1798 east – Kilgore, Laneville, Minden
FM 839 south – Reklaw
Henderson Loop 571 north – Tyler, Overton, Kilgore
FM 225 south – Cushing
FM 3310 south – Mount Enterprise
US 259 south – Mount Enterprise, NacogdochesSouth end of US 259 overlap
FM 840 to FM 13 – Troup
US 259 north / SH 64 west / SH 43 north – Kilgore, Tyler, Tatum, MarshallNorth end of US 259 overlap
FM 3135 east – Church Hill
FM 348 south – Pine Hill
FM 1798 west / FM 3231 north – Pine Hill, Minden, Tatumat the Rusk/Panola County Line
Panola FM 124 east / FM 1251 west – Beckville, Church Hill
FM 1970 south – Clayton, Timpson
FM 959 north – Beckville
Carthage
Bus. US 79 north / Loop 436 south – Mount Enterprise, Tenaha
Interchange; south end of Loop 436 overlap
SH 149 west / Spur 572 east – Tatum, LongviewInterchange

Future I-369 north / US 59 north / Bus. US 59 south – Marshall, Texarkana
Interchange; north end of future I-369/US 59 overlap

Future I-369 south / US 59 south / Bus. US 79 south / Loop 436 south – Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Houston, Beaumont
Interchange; north end of future I-369/US 59/Loop 436 overlap
FM 123 east
FM 1186 north
DeBerry FM 31 to FM 1794 – Elysian Fields, Grand Bluff, Marshall, Logansport
Panola FM 9 north – Waskom
[[Bethany, Louisiana and Texas, Texas|Bethany, Louisiana and Texas]] US 79 north – Greenwood, ShreveportContinuation 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.