Farm to Market Road 1495
|Length||3.9 mi (6.3 km)|
|North end||FM 523 in Freeport|
SH 288 and SH 36 in Freeport
|South end||County Road 723 in Quintana in front of the Gulf Of Mexico|
Farm to Market Road 1495 is a state highway in the U.S. state of Texas.
FM 1495, not to be confused with FM 1459, which is in the same county, begins FM 523 south of the Dow Chemical plants. Taking a southeast-to-south route, the highway crosses the old Brazos River, passing the Storm Surge Lock to the west of the bridge. Becoming navigation Boulevard, FM 1495 continues through the East End of Freeport, passing the Port of Freeport and intersecting with SH 36 and SH 288 (the concurrent highways end at FM 1459). Then making a turn to the southeast, the highway crosses the Intracoastal Waterway, giving drivers a view of the beach and the Gulf of Mexico. The road's terminus is at the end of the bridge with a four-way stop at County Road 723, Quintana's main road. Continuing past the stop sign takes drivers onto Freeport/Bryan Beach.
FM 1495 was originally designated in 1949 from US 190 west 2.2 miles to a road intersection. In 1954, FM 1495 was extended southwest to FM 580. In 1955, this route was cancelled and became an extension of FM 581. FM 1495 was designated in 1955 nineteen days after the previous route was cancelled from SH 36 to the Gulf of Mexico. In 1961 the route was extended north around the eastern edge of Freeport to FM 523, which is its current terminus.
Quintana Swing Bridge
FM 1495 once crossed the Intracoastal Waterway via a swing bridge. The bridge was recently replaced due to concerns of Hurricane Evacuation and Emergency Personnel.