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Texas State Highway 85

State Highway 85 or SH 85 is a state highway in the U.S. state of Texas that runs almost 77 miles (124 km) from Carrizo Springs to Charlotte.

State Highway 85 marker

State Highway 85
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length76.926 mi[2] (123.800 km)
Existed1923[1]–present
Major junctions
West end US 83 at Carrizo Springs
  I-35
East end SH 97 west of Charlotte
Highway system
SH 84SH 86

HistoryEdit

SH 85 was originally designated on August 21, 1923 along a route from Eagle Pass to Dilley via Carrizo Springs.[3] On February 17, 1925, it extended to Del Rio.[4] On September 28, 1950, the section from Del Rio to Carrizo Springs was transferred to newly extended U.S. Highway 277. SH 85 was extended along its current route to Charlotte on December 17, 1961.[2]

Route descriptionEdit

SH 85 begins at an intersection with US 83 in Carrizo Springs. The highway heads east from this junction and has an intersection with FM 1917 before leaving Carrizo Springs. East of the city, the highway heads to the northeast as it intersects FM 1556 and FM 1407 and passes near the Dimmit County Airport. The highway turns back towards the east before a crossing of the Nueces River. SH 85 turns back towards the northeast after the river crossing before turning back towards the east near Brundage, where it has an intersection with FM 65. The highway continues to the east as it heads towards Big Wells, where it intersects FM 1867. East of Big Wells, the highway once again turns towards the northeast near an intersection with FM 468. SH 85 curves towards the north-northeast before entering Frio County. Once in Frio County, the highway curves back to the east. It curves back towards the northeast as it approaches the city of Dilley. In Dilley, SH 85 has an interchange with I-35. Heading east from Dilley, the highway turns back towards the northeast before crossing the Frio River. SH 85 continues northeast to an intersection with FM 1582 before crossing into Atascosa County. The highway curves back to the east as it enters Atascosa County. The highway ends at SH 97 west of the city limits of Charlotte.[5]

Junction listEdit

CountyLocationmi[5]kmDestinationsNotes
DimmitCarrizo Springs  US 83 (1st Street)
  FM 1917
  FM 1556
  FM 1407
  FM 190
  FM 65
Big Wells  FM 1867 (Commerce Street)
  FM 468
FrioDilley  I-35 – Laredo, San AntonioI-35 exit 84.
  Bus. I-35
  FM 1583
  FM 1582
Atascosa  FM 140 westWest end of FM 140 overlap
  FM 140 eastEast end of FM 140 overlap
  SH 97
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676878.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway No. 85". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  3. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676878.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676899.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ a b Google (2008-03-03). "overview map of SH 85" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2008-03-03.