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Texas State Highway Loop 540

Loop 540 is a loop route through Beasley in the U.S. state of Texas. The highway begins at I-69/US 59 northeast of Beasley, continues straight through the center of the city and ends at I-69/US 59 southwest of Beasley. Loop 540 runs parallel with the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

State Highway Loop 540 marker

State Highway Loop 540
Route information
Length3.354 mi[1] (5.398 km)
Existed1980–present
Major junctions
North end
Future I-69 / US 59
  FM 1875
South end
Future I-69 / US 59 / FM 360
Highway system
Loop 539Loop 541

Route descriptionEdit

Loop 540 is best described from north to south because its north-to-south distance is longer than if the highway is traveled from south to north. The highway begins at the I-69/US 59 exit ramp about 0.3 miles (0.5 km) after the intersection with Daily Road to the northeast of Beasley. At first, the Loop 540 right-of-way is one-way going southwest on an old two-lane pavement alongside the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. After 0.2 miles (0.3 km), there is a loop where northeast-bound traffic must turn around to avoid heading the wrong way onto I-69/US 59. From this point until nearly its end, Loop 540 has two-way traffic. From the turnaround loop to Hamlink Road is a distance of 0.5 miles (0.8 km). At Hamlink Road, northbound traffic can access I-69/US 59 going northeast. From Hamlink Road to 4th Street in the center of Beasley is 0.7 miles (1.1 km). In this stretch, Loop 540 passes the U.S. Post Office at 1st Street South. Between 4th and 5th Streets the highway passes several grain storage structures, which are on the north side of the railroad tracks. These buildings are a prominent landmark and can be easily seen from almost anywhere on Loop 540. From 4th Street to FM 1875 is 0.8 miles (1.3 km). From FM 1875 to FM 360 is about 0.6 miles (1.0 km). FM 360 passes under I-69/US 59 before heading southeast to Needville. One-way traffic on Loop 540 continues another 0.4 miles (0.6 km) from the FM 360 intersection to the southwest before entering I-69/US 59 at an entrance ramp.[2]

HistoryEdit

On April 14, 1980, Loop 540 was designated to start at US 59 about 1.8 miles (2.9 km) southwest of Beasley and continue about 3.1 miles (5.0 km) northeast to US 59. The highway is also referred to as the Beasley Loop.[1]

Major intersectionsEdit

The entire highway is in Beasley, Fort Bend County.

mikmDestinationsNotes
0.00.0  
   Future I-69 / US 59 – Wharton, Houston
I-69/US 59 exit 93 southbound; northern terminus of Loop 540.
2.23.5  FM 1875 – TavenerSouthern terminus of FM 1875
3.45.5   
    Future I-69 / US 59 / FM 360 – Needville, Houston, Wharton
I-69/US 59 exit 91; southern terminus of Loop 540
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway Loop No. 540". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  2. ^ Google (March 27, 2013). "Texas State Highway Loop 540" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 27, 2013.