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State Highway 7 is an east–west state highway that runs from Interstate 35 south of Waco to U.S. Highway 84 about 3 miles (5 km) west of the Texas-Louisiana state line. Between Crockett and Nacogdoches, SH 7 passes through the Davy Crockett National Forest.

State Highway 7 marker

State Highway 7
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length212.7 mi[1] (342.3 km)
ExistedApril 4, 1917–present
Major junctions
West end I-35 in Bruceville-Eddy
  US 77 in Chilton

US 79 in Marquez
I-45 in Centerville
US 287 in Crockett
US 69 in Pollok

Future I-69 / US 59 in Nacogdoches

US 96 in Center
East end
Future I-69 / US 84 in Joaquin
Highway system
RE 6Loop 7

HistoryEdit

SH 7 was one of the original 25 state highways proposed on June 21, 1917, proposed as a 'Central Texas Highway.'[2] In 1919 the routing was mostly proposed between San Angelo and Goldthwaite, but only the segment to Paint Rock was created. From Goldthwaite, the road follows U.S. Highway 84 to Waco. The remainder follows SH 164 to Personville, FM 39 to Jewett, was unbuilt between Jewett and Crockett, SH 7 then SH 103 to Lufkin, and finally onto the state line via present day U.S. Highway 69, SH 63 and US 190. On November 20, 1917, SH 7 was rerouted along current U.S. Highway 67 to Brownwood, and U.S. Highway 84 to Waco.[3]

Possibly due to the amount of construction necessary to build this route as proposed, on December 18, 1917, the road was rerouted via U.S. Highway 84 to Palestine, and south on U.S. Highway 287 to Crockett, following the proposed route from there. On March 20, 1918, the road was completely rerouted via current U.S. Highway 84 through Lubbock to Sweetwater. Between Sweetwater and Coleman, the road was not constructed as proposed. SH 7 returns to US 84, through Waco to Palestine, heads south on U.S. Highway 287 to Crockett, turns to Lufkin via the current SH 7 then SH 103 and finally onto Jasper and Newton via present day U.S. Highway 69, SH 63 and US 190.[4] The old route of SH 7 from Brownwood to San Angelo was renumbered as SH 7A.

On August 21, 1923, SH 7 had been realigned yet again, mainly due to constructions issues. The Sweetwater-Coleman road was never built, and SH 7 was rerouted over existing roads into Abilene. The road's east terminus was shortened to Long Lake. The Crockett-Lufkin section was cancelled, and the section east of Zavalla had been renumbered as SH 63. In 1926, U.S. Highway 70, 80, and 67 were overlaid over pieces of SH 7, which maintained its number. On October 26, 1932, the highway was extended east across SH 294 into Alto, SH 21 to Nacogdoches, ending in Joaquin via current SH 7, replacing SH 76.[5] On May 23, 1933, SH 7 Loop was designated through Post.[6] On November 27, 1934, SH 7 Spur was designated to Southland.[7] On July 15, 1935, the section of SH 7 from Elkhart to Alto was cancelled.[8] on June 16, 1936, this section was restored.[9] On February 21, 1938, SH 7 Business was designated in Goldthwaite.[10]

On May 24, 1938, a spur to Oglesby was created, but not designated.[11] On December 21, 1938, SH 7 Spur was designated in Oglesby.[12] On September 26, 1939 most of the highway had been overrun by a patchwork of US Highways, leaving only a small portion from Joaquin to Crockett remaining, rerouted yet again to a more southerly route from Nacogdoches, replacing SH 266 and part of SH 103. SH 7 Loop and SH 7 Spur became Spur 18 (Oglesby), Spur 45 (Southland), and Loop 46 (Post). On April 1, 1940, SH 7 extended west to Centerville. On November 22, 1940, the section from Ratcliff to Crockett was cancelled. On December 3, 1940, SH 7 extended west to Marquez. On February 20, 1942, the section from Ratcliff to Crockett was redesignated as part of SH 7. SH 7 replaced SH 139 from Chilton to Marquez (originally ended in Marlin; extended east on September 7, 1943) on July 15, 1948. SH 7 was signed (but not designated) to extend west to Eddy on July 31, 1975.[13] The extension to Eddy was officially designated on August 29, 1990, replacing a portion of FM 107.

SH 7A was a spur route of SH 7 that split off at Brownwood and traveled southwest to San Angelo designated on March 20, 1918, replacing part of SH 7, which was rerouted. On December 20, 1917, an intercounty highway was designated from San Angelo to Fort Stockton.[14] On February 19, 1919, it extended to Fort Stockton over this intercounty highway.[15] It was transferred to portions of SH 23 and SH 30 (now US 277) on August 21, 1923, with the section from San Angelo to Fort Stockton cancelled.

SH 7B was a spur route of SH 7 designated on January 23, 1922 that split off at Lufkin and traveled southwest through Groveton to Trinity.[16] On August 21, 1923, it was cancelled.[17]

Route descriptionEdit

 
SH 7 runs east in Centerville

SH 7 begins at an intersection with Interstate 35 and FM 107 in extreme southern McLennan County in Central Texas. The highway travels east until it reaches an intersection with US Route 77. It briefly travels south with US 77 around the western side of Chilton before turn east again through town. The highway continues east through sparsely populated farmland before reaching Interstate 45 at Centerville. The highway continues east, passing through Crockett before turning northeast and passing through the center of the city of Nacogdoches. The highway continues to its final location, ending at US 84 in extreme northeast Shelby County, just short of the Louisiana State Line.

Business routesEdit

SH 7 has one business route.

Business State Highway 7-B is a business loop that runs through Chilton. The route was created in 1990 from a section of FM 107.[18]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
McLennanBruceville-Eddy   I-35 / FM 107 west – Austin, Waco, MoodyI-35 exit 315
FallsMooreville  FM 2643 north
  
   US 77 north / Bus. SH 7 east – Chilton, Waco
interchange; west end of US 77 overlap
  FM 1950 west – Cego
  US 77 south – Cameroneast end of US 77 overlap
Chilton 
  Bus. SH 7 west – Eddy, Moody
  FM 434 north – Satin, Waco
  FM 935 west – Troy
  SH 320 south – Lott, Westphalia
Marlin 
  Bus. SH 6 – Waco, Hearne
  FM 147 east (Walker Street) – Groesbeck
  SH 6 – Waco, Bryaninterchange
  FM 2958 south
  FM 3144 south
  FM 1771
  FM 2745 south
LimestoneKosse  SH 14 – Groesbeck, Bremond
  FM 2749 north – Thornton
Robertson  FM 979 west – Calvert
  FM 937 north – Groesbeck, Lake Limestone, Sterling C. Robertson Dam
LeonMarquez  US 79 – Jewett, Franklin
  Loop 208
  FM 1147 south – Old Bowling
Robbins  FM 39 – Jewett, Normangee
Centerville  I-45 – Dallas, HoustonI-45 exit 164
  SH 75 – Fort Boggy State Park
  FM 1119 south
  FM 811 south
  FM 1511 north
Malvern  FM 542 north – Oakwood
Houston  FM 132 – Porter Springs
  SH 21 west – Madisonvillewest end of SH 21 overlap
Crockett  Loop 304 (truck route)
   FM 229 to FM 2076
    US 287 / SH 19 / SH 21 easteast end of SH 21 overlap; traffic circle around Houston County Courthouse
      Loop 304 (truck route) to US 287 / SH 7 / SH 19 / SH 21
Berea  FM 232 – Arbor, Shady Grove
  FM 1733
Kennard  FM 2781 – Pennington
  FM 357 south – Apple Springs
Ratcliff  FM 227 west
Angelina  SH 103 east – Lufkin
Redtown  FM 1819
Pollok  US 69 – Lufkin, Tylerinterchange
NacogdochesHarmony  FM 2782
Nacogdoches   
    Future I-69 / US 59 / Loop 224
interchange; U.S. 59 is the future Interstate 69
  
   BL I-69 / Bus. US 59 south (South Street)
west end of Bus. I-69/US 59 Bus. overlap
   
    BL I-69 / Bus. US 59 north (North Street) / SH 21 west (Main Street) – Stephen F. Austin State University
east end of Bus. I-69/US 59 Bus. overlap; west end of SH 21 overlap
  FM 1275 (University Drive)
  FM 2259 south (Shawnee Street)
  SH 21 east (East Main Street)east end of SH 21 overlap
  Loop 224 (East Stallings Drive)
  FM 2112 north
Swift  FM 2713 north
Martinsville  FM 95 south – Chirenowest end of FM 95 overlap
  FM 95 north – Garrisoneast end of FM 95 overlap
San Augustine
No major junctions
Shelby  FM 2913 north
  FM 711 south
  Loop 500 north – San Augustine, Shelbyville
Center   US 96 (Hurst Street / Southview Circle / truck route) to Loop 500
   SH 87 (Tenaha Street / Shelbyville Street) / FM 699 north (Logansport Street)traffic circle around Shelby County Courthouse
  FM 2788 east
     Loop 500 south to US 96 / SH 87 / SH 7 west
   FM 1656 north – Center Municipal Airport
James  FM 2608 east
  FM 3082 east
Joaquin  FM 139 south – Toledo Bend Reservoir
  
   Future I-69 / US 84 – Joaquin, Tenaha
U.S. 84 is the future Interstate 69
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway No. 7". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-03-15.
  2. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676699.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676740.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676757.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673818.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673828.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673860.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673871.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673885.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676241.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676244.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676254.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ TXDOT agenda for July 31, 1975 (PDF). TXDOT https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003674298.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676746.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676791.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676859.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676878.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Business State Highway No. 7-B". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Texas State Highway 7 at Wikimedia Commons