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State Highway 6 (Texas)


State Highway 6 (Texas)

"TX 6" redirects here. TX 6 may also refer to Texas's 6th congressional district.

State Highway 6
;">Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Existed: 1939[1] – present
;">Major junctions
South end: Template:Jct/extra I-45 / SH 146 in La Marque

Template:Jct/extra I-10 in Houston
Template:Jct/extra I-35 in Waco

Template:Jct/extra I-20 in Eastland
North end: Template:Jct/extra SH-6 north of Quanah
;">Highway system
SH 157

State Highway 6 (SH 6) runs from the Red River, the Texas–Oklahoma boundary, to northwest of Galveston, where it is known as the Old Galveston Highway. In the Houston area, it runs north to FM 1960, then northwest along US Highway 290 to Hempstead, and south to Westheimer Road and Addicks, and is known as Addicks Satsuma Road. In the BryanCollege Station area, it is known as the Earl Rudder Freeway. In Hearne, it is known as Market Street. For most of its length, SH 6 is not a limited-access road.

In 1997, the Texas Legislature designated SH 6 as the Texas Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway.[2]


Historic routes

State Highway 6 was one of the original 26 state highways proposed in 1917, overlying the King of Trails Highway. From 1919, the routing mostly followed present-day U.S. Highway 75 from Oklahoma to Dallas, then U.S. Highway 77 to Waco.

Current routes

In 1926, SH 6 was extended along the eastern Gulf Division branch of State Highway 2 to keep SH 2 from having two separate highways with the same number. US 75 and US 77 were overlaid on northern SH 6 from Waco northward through the Dallas area to Denison. While the routes were marked concurrently, the concurrent SH 6 kept its numbering until 1939, when SH 6 was truncated to the Gulf Division routing ending at Waco. It was rerouted south from Hempstead to Galveston, replacing SH 38 from Sugar Land to Galveston. In 1945, the roadway was extended northwest to Breckenridge over SH 67, continuing northwest to near Throckmorton along SH 157, which was decommissioned. Also in 1945, the section in southeast Texas between Hempstead and Sugar Land was cancelled for unknown reasons, and transferred to Farm to Market Road 359. In 1952, the route was truncated on the north side, ending at Breckenridge. This section was transferred to U.S. Highway 183. In 1968, the section between Hempstead and Sugar Land was re-established, as it was routed along U.S. Highway 290 until it reached Farm to Market Road (FM) 1960, then replacing FM 1960 southward to where the southern branch of SH 6 intersected U.S. Highway 59 in Sugar Land. That portion of FM 1960 from 290 to then Highway 90 at Addicks was built in the 1950s, replacing and rerouting some of what was known as Jackrabbit Road. In the early 1970s, the northern section underwent a massive rerouting due to realignments of numerous U.S. and state routes. In 1971, the section from Breckenridge south to Eastland was redesignated as State Highway 69. It was instead rerouted west along U.S. Highway 80 to Cisco, then replaced U.S. Highway 380 northwest to near Old Glory. The route was again extended in 1975, replacing State Highway 283 between Old Glory and Stamford northward to the Texas/Oklahoma border, completing the current routing of SH 6.[3]

Business routes

SH 6 has four business routes.

Business State Highway 6-N (formerly Loop 23) is a business loop that runs from SH 6 near Marlin in central Texas. The road was bypassed in 1978 by SH 6 and designated Loop 23. The road was redesignated as Business SH 6-N in 1991.[4][5]

Business State Highway 6-R (formerly Loop 507) is a business loop that runs through Bryan and College Station. The route runs on Texas Avenue in both cities. The route, created in 1972 when SH 6 was routed further north and east, is 12.5 miles (20.1 km) long.[6] It serves as the eastern boundary of Texas A&M University.

Business State Highway 6-S (formerly Loop 508) is a business loop that runs through Navasota on La Salle Avenue. The route was created in 1972 when SH 6 was rerouted further north and east around town; it is 6.3 miles (10.1 km).[7]

A business loop was added in 2010 in Reagan when the existing SH 6 was rerouted southwest around town; as of January 1, 2011, however, this route has not been added to the Highway Designation File.

Route description

SH 6 begins at an intersection with Interstate 45 and SH 3 in Bayou Vista, and proceeds to the northwest, paralleling the ATSF railroad tracks. The highway makes a mostly straight line through Galveston, Brazoria, and Fort Bend Counties, passing through the city of Alvin. As the highway traverses through Sugar Land, it makes a turn to the north after passing intersections with US Route 59 and Alternate US Route 90. The highway continues north into western Harris County, reaching the Westpark Tollway and Interstate 10. It then intersects US Route 290 in CyFair, joining it as they travel to the northwest, thus finishing a large routing around the southern and western portions of Houston. The route continues northwest with US 290 as a limited-access highway. At Hockley, the highway veers to the right, forking from an old alignment of the highway, and bypassing the cities of Waller and Hempstead to the north. At Hempstead, it splits from US 290 and turns northward into Grimes County, where it bypasses the city of Navasota, while Business SH 6 passes through town. The highway then turns northwest again, crossing into Brazos County. As of 2009, construction of new freeway lanes are almost complete between the end of the existing freeway at FM 159 and Business SH 6 on the north side of Navasota Bypass, making the entire trek from the Grimes/Brazos County line to the Brazos/Robertson County line a complete freeway. The highway starts another bypass here, going around the Bryan/College Station area to the northeast, while the business route goes through these cities. On the northeast side of Bryan, the highway meets US Route 190, and they travel together to the northwest out of the region. SH 6 splits with US 190 in the town of Hearne, but joins US Route 79 before that route splits to the northeast about a mile north of town. As of 2008, SH 6 was under reconstruction, making the road four lanes from Hearne to the end of the four-lane highway just south of Marlin, including a bypass around Reagan and a proposed bypass for Calvert. SH 6 then continues northwest, traveling through lesser populated farmlands, before approaching Waco. Before entering Waco, it turns southeast on State Loop 340, and bypasses Waco to the south. It reaches an intersection with Interstate 35, and then turns to the northwest again, crossing over Lake Waco. The highway continues northwest and west through more farmland regions in Central Texas, before reaching an intersection with Interstate 20 just south of Eastland. The route briefly turns west, traveling along the former route of US Route 80, before turning back to the northwest at Cisco. As it continues, it is briefly concurrent with US Routes 180 and 277 in northcentral Texas. Just northwest of Stamford, the highway makes its final turn to the north at an intersection with SH 283. The highway then travels through sparsely populated areas of Haskell, Knox, Foard, and Hardeman Counties before ending north of Quanah at the Red River, where it meets Oklahoma State Highway 6.

Junction list

County Location Mile[8] Junction Notes
Galveston Bayou Vista 0.0 Template:Jct/extra I-45 / SH 146
Hitchcock 4.9 Template:Jct/extra FM 519 (Main Street)
5.9 Template:Jct/extra FM 2004
Santa Fe 9.2 Template:Jct/extra FM 646 (Main Street)
9.7 Template:Jct/extra FM 646 (Avenue M)
Arcadia 11.2 Template:Jct/extra FM 1764
Brazoria Alvin 18.7 Template:Jct/extra SH 35 (Alvin Bypass)
19.8 Template:Jct/extra SH 35 Bus (Gordon Street)
Manvel 27.0 Template:Jct/extra FM 1128 (Masters Road)
29.8 Template:Jct/extra SH 288
Fort Bend Arcola 33.9 Template:Jct/extra FM 521
37.0 Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road
Missouri City 41.6 Template:Jct/extra FM 1092
Sugar Land 45.7 Template:Jct/extra US 59 (Southwest Freeway)
Template:Jct/extra Spur 58 (Brooks Street)
47.8 Template:Jct/extra US 90 Alt.
Harris Houston 54.3 Template:Jct/extra Westpark Tollway
56.3 Template:Jct/extra FM 1093 (Westheimer Road)
59.7 Template:Jct/extra I-10 (Katy Freeway)
66.3 Template:Jct/extra FM 529 (Tarpon Drive)
69.6 Template:Jct/extra US 290 east (Northwest Freeway) / FM 1960 South end of US 290 concurrency, begin freeway
70.5 Hempstead Road, Huffmeister Road
72.1 Telge Road
73.9 Barker-Cypress Road
75.7 Skinner Road, Spring-Cypress Road
Cypress 76.1 Template:Jct/extra US 290 Bus. / Spring-Cypress Road / Cypress-Rosehill Road No southbound exit
77.2 Mueschke Road
78.8 Mason Road
81.4 Bauer Road
82.6 Becker Road
Hockley 83.7 Roberts Road, Katy Hockley Road
84.8 Badtke Road
85.7 Hegar Road
86.7 Kermier Road
87.9 Kickapoo Road
89.1 Binford Road
Waller 90.2 Template:Jct/extra FM 2920
91.1 Field Store Road
Waller 91.9 Template:Jct/extra FM 362
93.9 James Muse Parkway
95.3 Template:Jct/extra FM 1098
96.7 Liendo Parkway
98.8 Template:Jct/extra FM 359
99.4 Template:Jct/extra FM 1488
Hempstead 101 Template:Jct/extra US 290 west North end of US 290 concurrency, end freeway
105 Template:Jct/extra FM 1736
107 Template:Jct/extra FM 2979
Grimes 112 Template:Jct/extra FM 2
114 Template:Jct/extra FM 1227
115 Template:Jct/extra FM 2988
117 Template:Jct/extra SH 6 Bus
Navasota 120 Template:Jct/extra SH 105 Begin freeway
121 Template:Jct/extra SH 90
122 Template:Jct/extra FM 3090
123 Template:Jct/extra SH 6 Bus Begin freeway
Brazos 126 Template:Jct/extra FM 2154
Harlan Road
Westward Ho
Navasota Ridge
132 Template:Jct/extra FM 159 (Peach Creek Road)
Texas World Speedway
College Station Template:Jct/extra SH 40 (William D. Fitch Parkway)
Barron Road
Rock Prairie Road
Template:Jct/extra SH 6 Bus (Texas Avenue)
Template:Jct/extra FM 2818 (Harvey Mitchell Parkway) / Emerald Parkway
Southwest Parkway, Raintree Drive
Template:Jct/extra SH 30 (Harvey Road)
Template:Jct/extra FM 60 (University Drive) – Texas A&M University
Bryan Template:Jct/extra FM 1179 (Briarcrest Drive) – Brazos Center
Template:Jct/extra FM 158 (William J Bryan Parkway/Boonville Road)
Martin Luther King Jr Street, Old Reliance Road
Template:Jct/extra US 190 east / SH 21 South end of US 190 concurrency
Template:Jct/extra FM 974 (Tabor Road)
Woodville Road
Template:Jct/extra SH 6 Bus (Texas Avenue)
Template:Jct/extra FM 2818
Template:Jct/extra SH OSR (County Line Road) End freeway
Template:Jct/extra FM 2549
Hearne Template:Jct/extra US 79 south / US 190 west / FM 391 (Brown Street) North end of US 190 concurrency, south end of US 79 concurrency
Template:Jct/extra FM 485
Template:Jct/extra US 79 north North end of US 79 concurrency
Calvert Template:Jct/extra FM 1644 (Texas Street)
Template:Jct/extra FM 1644 (Hanna Street)
Template:Jct/extra FM 979 (Browning Street)
Template:Jct/extra FM 2159
Template:Jct/extra SH 14
Template:Jct/extra FM 1373
Falls Template:Jct/extra FM 46
Template:Jct/extra FM 1373
Reagan Template:Jct/extra SH 6 Bus
Template:Jct/extra FM 413
Template:Jct/extra SH 6 Bus
Marlin Template:Jct/extra SH 6 Bus
Template:Jct/extra SH 7
Template:Jct/extra FM 147 (McClanahan Road)
Template:Jct/extra SH 6 Bus
Template:Jct/extra FM 2307
Perry Template:Jct/extra FM 1240
McLennan Reisel Template:Jct/extra FM 1860
Template:Jct/extra SH 164
Template:Jct/extra FM 3222
Template:Jct/extra FM 1860
Waco Template:Jct/extra Loop 340 / Loop 484 South end of Loop 340 concurrency
Template:Jct/extra FM 434
Template:Jct/extra FM 3400 (University Parks Drive)
Robinson Template:Jct/extra US 77 (Robinson Drive)
Waco Template:Jct/extra I-35 Begin freeway
Template:Jct/extra FM 3476 (Bagby Avenue)
Beverly Drive
Template:Jct/extra FM 3223 (Imperial Drive)
Template:Jct/extra US 84 (Waco Drive) / Spur 298 (Franklin Avenue) North end of Loop 340 concurrency
Sanger Avenue
Template:Jct/extra Loop 396 (Bosque Boulevard)
Template:Jct/extra Spur 412 (McLauglin Road) End freeway
Template:Jct/extra FM 185
Bosque Valley Mills Template:Jct/extra SH 317 (7th Street)
Template:Jct/extra FM 56 (4th Street)
Template:Jct/extra FM 217
Template:Jct/extra FM 854
Template:Jct/extra FM 2602
Clifton Template:Jct/extra FM 219 (5th Street)
Template:Jct/extra FM 3220
Template:Jct/extra FM 2136
Meridian Template:Jct/extra SH 22 (Morgan Street)
Iredell Template:Jct/extra FM 1238
Hamilton Hico Template:Jct/extra SH 220
Template:Jct/extra US 281 south South end of US 281 concurrency
Erath Template:Jct/extra US 281 north North end of US 281 concurrency
Alexander Template:Jct/extra FM 914
Template:Jct/extra FM 847
Dublin Template:Jct/extra FM 219 South end of FM 219 concurrency
Template:Jct/extra US 67 (Patrick Street) / US 377 / FM 219 North end of FM 219 concurrency
Comanche Template:Jct/extra FM 1496
De Leon Template:Jct/extra SH 16 south (Texas Street) South end of SH 16 concurrency
Template:Jct/extra SH 16 north North end of SH 16 concurrency
Eastland Gorman Template:Jct/extra FM 2921
Template:Jct/extra FM 8 (Kent Street/Fisher Street)
Template:Jct/extra FM 8
Template:Jct/extra Loop 389 (Coal Street)
Carbon Template:Jct/extra Loop 389 (Main Street) / FM 2526
Punkin Center Template:Jct/extra FM 2563
Template:Jct/extra I-20
Eastland Template:Jct/extra SH 112 (Main Street/Seaman Street)
Template:Jct/extra FM 3101 (College Street)
Template:Jct/extra Spur 490
Cisco Template:Jct/extra US 183 south (Conrad Hilton Boulevard) / SH 206 (8th Street) South end of US 183 concurrency
Template:Jct/extra US 183 north (6th Street) North end of US 183 concurrency
Template:Jct/extra FM 1853
Callahan Template:Jct/extra FM 880
Shackelford Template:Jct/extra FM 2921
Template:Jct/extra FM 2408
Moran Template:Jct/extra FM 576 (Post Oak Street)
Template:Jct/extra FM 2312
Template:Jct/extra FM 601
Template:Jct/extra US 180 east / US 283 north (Main Street) South end of US 180 / US 283 concurrency
Template:Jct/extra US 283 south North end of US 283 concurrency
Template:Jct/extra SH 351
Template:Jct/extra US 180 west North end of US 180 concurrency
Template:Jct/extra FM 142
Jones Template:Jct/extra FM 1597
Template:Jct/extra FM 600 South end of FM 600 concurrency
Avoca Template:Jct/extra FM 600 / FM 1636 North end of FM 600 concurrency
Template:Jct/extra FM 704
Template:Jct/extra FM 2702
Stamford Template:Jct/extra FM 142
Template:Jct/extra US 277 Bus. / FM 1226 South end of US 277 Bus. concurrency
Haskell Template:Jct/extra US 277 / SH 283 (Texas Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway) North end of US 277 Bus. concurrency, south end of SH 283 concurrency
Template:Jct/extra SH 283 North end of SH 283 concurrency
Template:Jct/extra FM 1661
Template:Jct/extra FM 1225
Rule Template:Jct/extra US 380 (5th Street)
Template:Jct/extra FM 2407
Rochester Template:Jct/extra FM 617 (Carothers Avenue)
O'Brien Template:Jct/extra FM 2229 (9th Street)
Knox Knox City Template:Jct/extra SH 222 (Main Street)
Template:Jct/extra FM 1292
Template:Jct/extra FM 2534
Benjamin Template:Jct/extra US 82 / SH 114 (Hays Street)
Template:Jct/extra FM 1756 South end of FM 1756 concurrency
Template:Jct/extra FM 1756 (Main Street) North end of FM 1756 concurrency
Foard Template:Jct/extra FM 263
Template:Jct/extra FM 1594
Template:Jct/extra FM 2003
Template:Jct/extra FM 98
Crowell Template:Jct/extra US 70 (Commerce Street)
Template:Jct/extra FM 3103
Hardeman Template:Jct/extra PR 62
Template:Jct/extra FM 2568
Quanah Template:Jct/extra FM 104 (16th Street)
Template:Jct/extra US 287 (11th Street)
Template:Jct/extra Spur 133 (3rd Street)
Template:Jct/extra Spur 133 (Nelson Street)
Template:Jct/extra FM 2533
Template:Jct/extra FM 1166
Template:Jct/extra SH-6


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