U.S. Route 54 in Texas

U.S. Route 54 (US 54) in Texas is a U.S. Highway that travels through two portions of the state: one in the far western point, and the other in the far northwest Panhandle.

US Highway 54 marker

US Highway 54
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length111.583 mi[1] (179.575 km)
Existed1927–present
El Paso section
South end Loop 375 in El Paso
Major
junctions
I-110 in El Paso
US 62 in El Paso
I-10 / US 180 in El Paso
North end US 54 at Chaparral, N.M.
Panhandle section
South end US 54 near Nara Visa, N.M.
Major
junctions
US 87 / US 385 in Dalhart
US 287 in Stratford
North end US-54 at Texhoma, Okla.
Location
CountiesEl Paso; Hartley, Dallam, Sherman
Highway system
SH 53SH 54

Route descriptionEdit

US 54 begins in El Paso, Texas, as a controlled access highway at an intersection with Loop 375. The route then travels northward, joining up with I-110 within the first mile. A mile later, these highways intersect Interstate 10 at a complex, three level high expressway interchange which the locals call the "Spaghetti Bowl." I-110 ends here, while US 54 continues north through El Paso. The route turns northeast, becoming a rare example of a collector-express freeway in Texas (until the Pershing Drive exit) before entering New Mexico. The route re-enters Texas in the northwest Panhandle, traveling northeast through sparsely populated country. The route intersects US Route 87 and US Route 385 in Dalhart and US Route 287 in Stratford, before exiting into the Oklahoma Panhandle at Texhoma.

HistoryEdit

The southwestern portion was originally part of the Ozark Trails, paralleling the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad, and was originally given the numbering of State Highway 33. SH 33 continued into Texas farther south in the Panhandle, following the former Ozark Trail. The northern Panhandle portion was originally assigned to State Highway 56, paralleling the Chicago, Rock Island, and Gulf Railroad.

When the U.S. Highway System was unveiled in 1926, the northern section was assigned to U.S. Highway 54, while the southwestern portion was assigned to U.S. Highway 366. The US 366 designation was canceled in 1932 when other sections of the highway were added to an adjusted US Route 70. This section was added to US 54 in 1934, and has retained its numbering since. By 1939, the corresponding state highway designations had been canceled.

The highway continues on its original routing except for realignment in 1990 in El Paso, with the old route becoming US Business Route 54 and Texas Loop 478. Most of the current US 54 in El Paso is a limited-access highway known as the Patriot Freeway which, as of 2016, was only partially completed.

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[2][3]kmExitDestinationsNotes
El PasoEl Paso0.000.00  Loop 375 eastNational western terminus of US 54; left exit; Loop 375 exit 58
20  Loop 375 westWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
20A  US 62 (Paisano Drive)Signed as exit 20 eastbound
20B  I-110 south – Juárez, México (Autos only)Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
21   I-10 / US 180 – Las Cruces, Van HornSigned as exits 21A (east) and 21B (west); no exit 21A eastbound (I-10 east is signed at exit 20); no access from I-10 to US 54 west; I-10 exit 22B
21CMontana Avenuesigned as part of exit 21B eastbound
22BPershing Drivesigned as exit 22 westbound
23Cassidy Road - Fort Blisssigned as part of exit 22 westbound
24AFred Wilson Avenue / Broaddus Avenue / Railroad Drive
24B   Spur 601 east – Airport
25Ellerthorpe Avenue / Broaddus Avenue
26 
  Bus. US 54 north / Hercules Avenue
27Hondo Pass Drive
28Diana Drive
29  Loop 375 (Woodrow Bean Transmountain Drive) – Las Cruces, CarlsbadLoop 375 exit 21
30Sun Valley DriveNo direct westbound exit (signed at exit 31)
31  FM 3255 north (MLK Jr. Boulevard) / Kenworthy Street
32Sean Haggerty DriveAt-grade intersection; east end of freeway
13.621.9  FM 2529 (McCombs Street) – Chaparral
TexasNew Mexico line20.032.2 
  Bus. US 54 south (Edge of Texas Street)
  US 54 east – AlamogordoContinuation into New Mexico
US 54 crosses through New Mexico
Hartley0.000.00  US 54 west – Nara Visa, TucumcariNew Mexico–Texas line
8.513.7  RM 3296 west
9.315.0  FM 767 east – Channing
35.256.6  FM 694 eastCounterclockwise terminus of FM 694
37.560.4  FM 998 south – Hartley, TDCJ ID Dalhart Unit
38.061.2  FM 694 westClockwise terminus of FM 694
39.062.8   FM 3139 south – Airport
DallamDalhart40.865.7 
  Bus. US 87 south (7th Street east) – Amarillo
West end of US 87 Bus. overlap
41.366.5    
     Bus. US 87 ends / US 87 / US 385 (Railroad Street) / FM 297 east (First Street) – Boise City, Clayton, Amarillo
Northern terminus of US 87 Bus.; east end of US 87 Bus. overlap; no access from FM 297 to US 54 west
46.474.7   FM 695 eastServes Miller Airfield
Chamberlin51.582.9  FM 3212 east
Conlen59.896.2  FM 3213 west
60.797.7  FM 807 south – HartleyWest end of FM 807 overlap
61.098.2  FM 807 north – KerrickEast end of FM 807 overlap
Sherman69.3111.5  FM 2014 south
Stratford72.3116.4  US 287 (Poplar Street) – Boise City, Dumas
72.5116.7  SH 15 east (Main Street) – Gruver
73.0117.5  FM 2677 north
89.5144.0  FM 119 south – Sunray
Texhoma91.8147.7  FM 1290 south
91.9147.9  US-54 east (South Street) – Guymon, LiberalContinuation into Texhoma, Oklahoma
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

El Paso business loopEdit

 

 

Business U.S. Highway 54-A
LocationEl Paso
Length12.466 mi[4] (20.062 km)
Existed1990–present[4]

Business U.S. Highway 54-A or Bus. US 54-A is a business route of US 54 at El Paso commissioned in 1990. The 12.5-mile (20.1 km) route begins at US 54 and State Highway Loop 478 at the Patriot Freeway. The route runs along Dyer Street through Northeast El Paso near Fort Bliss to its northern terminus at the New Mexico state line. Access to US 54 eastbound continues forward into New Mexico for 0.3 miles (0.5 km) over a local road not recognized by New Mexico as a state highway that becomes a one-way entrance ramp merging with US 54. Highway signs in New Mexico direct westbound US 54 traffic to turn left on Edge of Texas Street at the state line to access Bus. US 54-A.[5]

Bus. US 54-A and Loop 478 are the former route of US 54 prior to construction of the Patriot Freeway. Bus. US 54-A was created when Loop 478, which originally followed the route to New Mexico, was shortened to its current terminus at the beginning of the business loop.[4][6] Loop 478 was first intended in 1969 to be the replacement for US 54 over the route and was planned to be signed as Business US 54 once the current US 54 was completed.[6] Bus. US 54-A was concurrent with US 54 until 1991.[4]

Major intersections

The entire route is in El Paso County.

Locationmi[5]kmDestinationsNotes
El Paso0.000.00  US 54 (Patriot Freeway) / Loop 478 (Dyer Street south)Southern terminus; US 54 exit 26; Dyer St. continues as Loop 478
3.86.1  Loop 375 (Woodrow Bean Transmountain Drive) – CanutilloLoop 375 exit 22 eastbound, 24A westbound
4.06.4  FM 2529 north (McCombs Street)
TexasNew Mexico line12.520.1  US 54Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "U.S. Highway No. 54". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 9, 2007.
  2. ^ Google (July 28, 2010). "Route of US 54 in El Paso" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
  3. ^ Google (July 28, 2010). "Route of US 54 in the Texas Panhandle" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d Texas Department of Transportation. "Highway Designation File – Business U.S. Highway No. 54-A". Retrieved May 30, 2010
  5. ^ a b Google (November 18, 2010). "Route of Bus. US 54-A"" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 18, 2010.
  6. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway Loop No. 478". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 30, 2010.


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