State Route 36 and 37 in Texas
State Route 36 in Texas
According to Toppharmacyschools, State Route 36, State Highway 36 or SH 36 is a state route in the US state of Texas. The road forms a diagonal north-south route from Freeport on the Gulf of Mexico to Abilene in Central Texas. The road leads west of Houston and also visits the town of Temple. State Route 36 is 552 kilometers long.
SH 36 between Milano and Caldwell.
State Route 36 begins in the Gulf of Mexico port city of Freeport, about 90 miles south of Houston. State Route 36 heads northwest through the coastal plain, with several small towns on the route. It crosses the coastal State Route 35 and Interstate 69 at Rosenberg. Here, SH 36 grazed the Houston metropolitan area.
At Sealy, one crosses Interstate 10, after which the coastal plain turns into the more rolling prairies of Central Texas. The terrain sometimes has some light afforestation, with mainly small towns on the route. SH 36 runs parallel to the more important SH 6. One eventually reaches Temple, the largest town halfway along the route. Here one crosses the Interstate 35.
One then reaches the less populated west of Texas, although this part is often still seen as part of Central Texas. The villages are further and further apart to the west. However, quite a few US Highways are crossed here. The terrain is a bit more hilly in this area. The road heads west to the town of Abilene. Closer to Abilene, the terrain is drier, more steppe-like. State Route 35 ends in Abilene.
The original State Route 36 ran from Freeport to Goldthwaite, slightly more south than the current route. This route was created in 1919. In 1933 the terminus was changed to Comanche and in 1939 the route was extended to Abilene. SH 36 has been running on the current route since 1946, except for some minor diversions at villages. In 2015, the section between Wallis and Sealy was widened to 2+1 lanes.
The southern portion of SH 36 around the town of Brenham coincides with US 290 and has been developed as a freeway. In 2016-2018, the northern part of the bypass was also widened to 2×2 lanes. The additional lanes opened on May 17, 2018. In 2019-2020, the section from Temple to Gatesville will be equipped with overtaking lanes.
There are plans to build the Prairie Parkway, a freeway that runs through Waller County west of Houston. This route is proposed to be numbered as SH 36A. This runs from Wallis to Hempstead and is to become a fourth bypass of Houston. It is desirable to upgrade the entire corridor from Freeport to Hempstead to a freeway, whether or not as a toll road. For the time being, the plans are not very concrete, partly because the large-scale suburbanization has not yet reached Waller County.
Between 3,000 and 6,000 vehicles run daily between Freeport and Rosenberg and 5,000 vehicles from Rosenberg to Sealy. From Sealy to Brenham, 7,500 vehicles and 4,000 to 5,000 vehicles drove to Cameron. Between Cameron and Temple, 7,500 to 10,000 vehicles drove, this section is double-numbered with US 190. 15,000 vehicles drive into Temple, descending to 4,000 vehicles northwest of Temple.
Between Gatesville and Hamilton, 2,700 vehicles and 1,900 vehicles drove from Hamilton to Comanche. This drops to 1,800 vehicles to Rising Star and 3,000 vehicles further to Abilene.
State Route 37 in Texas
State Route 37, commonly known as State Highway 37 or SH 37 is a state route in the U.S. state of Texas, located in the northeast of the state. The road forms a north-south route from Mineola through Mount Vernon to the Oklahoma border. SH 37 is 150 kilometers long.
SH 37 begins in Mineola on US 69, northwest of the town of Tyler. SH 37 is generally north to northeast and passes through three counties. The road is almost everywhere single-lane and mostly goes through the centers of the villages and towns on the route. The landscape is the transition area between the prairies and the forests. At Mount Vernon there is a connection to Interstate 30. The border with Oklahoma is formed by the Red River. Then State Route 37 in Oklahoma continues to Idabel.
SH 37 was added to the planned Texas state highway network in 1919, as a north-south route from Lufkin to Clarksville in northeast Texas. In 1926, the route was shortened to Jacksonville. The route from Mount Vernon to Clarksville was then renumbered SH 66, which was swapped again in 1933, extending SH 37 from Mount Vernon to the Oklahoma border. In 1938, the southern section between Jacksonville and Mineola was renumbered US 69, leaving the current route.
The SH 37 has been little upgraded. It is little more than a regional connection between some villages and small towns on the route. In 2015, the bridge over the Red River on the border with Oklahoma was replaced.
8,000 vehicles drive daily at Mineola, descending to 3,500 vehicles as far as Winnsboro and 2,500 vehicles onward to Mount Vernon. Further north, 1,800 vehicles drive as far as Bogota and 1,500 vehicles as far as Clarksville. 2,700 vehicles cross the Oklahoma border every day.