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State Highway 97 or SH 97 is a state highway running 143 miles (230 km) from Cotulla to Waelder in the U.S. state of Texas.

State Highway 97 marker

State Highway 97
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length143.746 mi[1] (231.337 km)
Existed1924–present
Major junctions
West end BL I-35 in Cotulla
 
East end US 90 in Waelder
Highway system
SH 96SH 98

HistoryEdit

 
Texas Highway 97 in Jourdanton, the seat of Atascosa County, with the county annex building on the right

SH 97 was designated on July 18, 1924 as a route from Pleasanton to Jourdanton.[2] On September 19, 1928, SH 97 extended south to Rio Grande City via Hebbronville and Tilden[3]; this extension was cancelled on June 25, 1929,[4] and SH 97 was instead extended to Fowlerton; On November 30, 1932, a second section of SH 97 was added from Rio Grande City to Hebbronville, with the possibility of these sections being connected in the future.[5] On February 12, 1934, it extended along a new route to Floresville.[6] (causing the cancellation of SH 168 south of there). On March 13, 1934, it extended over cancelled SH 168 to Stockdale.[7] The southern stretch from Hebbronville to Rio Grande City was restored and the section from Pleasanton to Floresville were cancelled on July 15, 1935, as construction couldn't start.[8] The section from Pleasanton to Floresville was restored on September 22, 1936.[9] On December 22, 1937, SH 97 was rerouted south to Hebbronville, replacing SH 241, and the section from Hebbronville to Rio Grande City was restored, while the section of SH 97 from Jourdanton to Fowlerton was renumbered SH 93, but this was reverted by April 1, 1938 so SH 97 was rerouted back on its previous route, with the old route transferred back to SH 241, and the section from Hebbronville to Rio Grande city was cancelled again (signage did not change until June or later).[10][11] The northern branch was slowly constructed, initially between Stockdale and Fowlerton by 1939. On July 31, 1942, a section of SH 72 between Fowlerton and Cotulla was added. It was extended to its current terminus in Waelder on March 28, 1952, replacing the western portions of SH 200 and SH 3. On April 27, 1995, SH 97 was relocated in Gonzales.

Major junctionsEdit

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
La SalleCotulla  BL I-35 – Laredo, DilleyWestern terminus
  FM 624 east
Los Angeles  FM 469
McMullen  SH 72 east – Tilden
  FM 1582 west – Pearsall
AtascosaCharlotte  SH 85 west – Dilley
  FM 140 – Pearsall, Campbellton
  FM 1333 north
  Spur 162 east
Jourdanton  SH 16 – Poteet, Tilden
Pleasanton  FM 3510 north
  US 281 south – George WestWest end of US 281 overlap
  US 281 north – San AntonioEast end of US 281 overlap
  I-37 – San Antonio, Corpus ChristiI-37 exit 109
  FM 1784 north
Wilson  FM 478 south
  FM 2505
  FM 3161 south
  FM 1344 south
Floresville  Loop 181
  US 181 south – Karnes CityWest end of US 181 overlap
  US 181 north – San AntonioEast end of US 181 overlap
  FM 539 north – Sutherland Springs
  FM 1922 south
  US 87 north – San AntonioWest end of US 87 overlap
Stockdale 
  Bus. US 87 south – Stockdale
  SH 123 – Seguin, Karnes CityInterchange
  SH 119 south – Gillett
 
  Bus. US 87 north – Stockdale
  FM 538 east
  FM 1347 south
Pandora  FM 1107 west
GonzalesNixon   US 87 south / SH 80 south – Cuero, GillettEast end of US 87 overlap; West end of SH 80 overlap
  FM 1681 north
  FM 1117 north
  SH 80 north – LulingEast end of SH 80 overlap
  FM 2292 south
Bebe  FM 1682 west – Leesville
Cost  FM 466 westWest end of FM 466 overlap
  FM 466 eastEast end of FM 466 overlap
  Spur 95 north – Gonzales Battlefield Monument
  FM 108 south – Smiley
  FM 1116 south
   US 183 south / SH 111 south – Cuero, YoakumWest end of US 183 overlap
Gonzales   
  Bus. US 183 north
  Spur 146 east
  
   US 183 north / Alt. US 90 west – Luling, Seguin
East end of US 183 overlap; West end of Alt. US 90 overlap
   
  Bus. US 183
  FM 794 north
  Spur 131 north
 
  Alt. US 90 east – Shiner
East end of Alt. US 90 overlap
  Spur 131 south
  SH 304 north
  FM 2814 south
  I-10 – San Antonio, HoustonI-10 exit 649
Waelder   US 90 / FM 1115 north – Luling, FlatoniaEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway No. 97". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
  2. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676889.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673775.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673784.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673821.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673844.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673845.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/003673890.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003673912.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676244.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)