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State Highway 349 or SH 349 is a 194.43-mile-long (312.90 km) state highway in the western part of Texas, United States.

State Highway 349 marker

State Highway 349
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length194.427 mi[1] (312.900 km)
Existed1943–present
Major junctions
South end US 90 at Dryden
  I-10 near Sheffield
US 190 at Iraan
US 67 at Rankin
I-20 at Midland
North end SH 137 near Lamesa
Location
CountiesTerrell, Pecos, Crockett, Upton, Midland, Martin, Dawson
Highway system
SH 348SH 350

Contents

HistoryEdit

The original formation of the highway on August 3, 1943 included only the section from Rankin to Midland, replacing FM 9.[2] On April 30, 1947, FM 306 and FM 177 were redesignated to form the segment of SH 349 from Midland to near Lamesa. The section from Sheffield to Rankin was added on October 24, 1956 by redesignating part of SH 51.

The part of SH 349 south of Sheffield was Farm to Market Road 1217, which was designated on July 14, 1949 from Dryden northward 5 miles (8 km).[3] FM 1217 was extended to the northeast 3.2 miles (5.1 km) on May 23, 1951, 7.0 miles (11.3 km) on December 18, 1951, 14.0 miles (22.5 km) on December 17, 1952, and 2.3 miles (3.7 km) on April 24, 1954. The designation was extended 10.0 miles (16.1 km) on September 29, 1954 to the end of FM 1749, which was cancelled and combined with FM 1217, adding 17.8 miles (28.6 km) and bringing its southern terminus to Sheffield. On December 13, 1956, FM 1217 was signed, but not designated, as part of SH 349. In 1990, FM 1217 was officially designated as SH 349, and FM 1217 was cancelled. On July 31, 2003, SH 349 was rerouted around Midland.

In December 2014, the Texas Transportation Commission approved an extension of the SH 349 designation south of Lamesa, from the current northern terminus at SH 137 eastward to US 87. As of January 2015, this segment has not been constructed.[4]

Route descriptionEdit

SH 349 runs generally northward from its originating junction with U.S. Highway 90 at the tiny town of Dryden (population 13) near the Rio Grande, the southern border of the state. The road passes west of the Fort Lancaster State Historical Park to Sheffield and a junction with Interstate 10. SH 349 then runs along the Pecos River to Iraan, where it is co-routed for a few miles with U.S. Highway 190. The road then proceeds northward to a junction and brief co-routing with U.S. Highway 67 at Rankin. SH 349 continues northward to the relatively heavily populated area of Midland.

SH 349 formerly bisected Midland directly through the city center. However, the highway has been redesignated to loop around Midland to the west, by co-routing it with portions of Interstate 20 (and State Highway 158) and Farm to Market Road 1788. A new section of highway, a so-called "reliever route", was opened on December 10, 2009, and was named the Nadine and Tom Craddick Highway after State Rep. Tom Craddick and his wife, who played a large role in creating the highway.[5] (This new section of SH 349 is part of the "La Entrada al Pacifico Corridor" trade route from west Texas to Mexico). The portion of SH 349 that ran directly through Midland was redesignated as Business State Highway 349-C (BS 349-C) in 2003.[6] North of Midland, SH 349 proceeds generally northward to its final junction with State Highway 137, just south of Lamesa. Counties traversed by the highway include Terrell, Pecos, Crockett, Upton, Midland, Martin and Dawson. With the exception of the metropolitan area of Midland, most of the terrain covered by the highway is sparsely populated ranch country.[7]

Business routesEdit

SH 349 has one business route.

Business State Highway 349-C is a business loop that runs on the former routing of SH 349 through Midland. The route was created in 2003.[8]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
TerrellDryden  US 90 – Sanderson, Del RioSouthern terminus
  RM 3166 east
  RM 2400 west
PecosSheffield  SH 290 east (Main Street) – OzonaSouth end of SH 290 overlap
  I-10 – Fort Stockton, OzonaNorth end of SH 290 overlap; I-10 exit 325
Iraan  US 190 east – EldoradoSouth end of US 190 overlap
  US 190 west – Fort StocktonNorth end of US 190 overlap
Crockett
No major junctions
Upton  US 67 south – Fort StocktonSouth end of US 67 overlap
Rankin  SH 329 west – Crane
  US 67 north – Big LakeNorth end of US 67 overlap
  Spur 576 south
  RM 1555 east – Texon
  RM 2401 north – Midkiff
Midland  FM 1379 north
  FM 1787 west – Pleasant Farms
  FM 1213 north
Midland  
   I-20 east / Bus. SH 349 north – Stanton, Midland
South end of I-20 overlap; I-20 exit 136
see I-20
   I-20 west / FM 1788 south – OdessaNorth end of I-20 overlap; South end of FM 1788 overlap; I-20 exit 125
  BL I-20 – Odessa, MidlandInterchange
  Loop 40 east – Midland International Airport
  Loop 40 east – Midland International Airport
  SH 191 – Odessa, MidlandInterchange
  FM 1788 northNorth end of FM 1788 overlap
  SH 158 – Andrews, MidlandInterchange
Midland 
  Bus. SH 349 south – Midland
Martin  SH 176 – Andrews, Big SpringInterchange
DawsonPatricia  FM 828 – Andrews, Klondike
  SH 115 west – Andrews
  FM 829
  FM 2051 west
  FM 2052 westSouth end of FM 2052 overlap
    FM 2052 east to US 87 / US 180North end of FM 2052 overlap
  SH 137 – Lamesa, StantonNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway No. 349". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
  2. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Farm to Market Road No. 9". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 3, 2011.
  3. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Farm to Market Road No. 1217". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 30, 2010.
  4. ^ "Minute Order 114180" (PDF). Texas Transportation Commission. December 18, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  5. ^ https://twitter.com/TxDOTOdessa/statuses/6542677029
  6. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Business State Highway No. 349-C". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  7. ^ Google (March 21, 2008). "overview map of SH 349" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
  8. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Business State Highway No. 349-C". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation.

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