Farm to Market Road 157

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Farm to Market Road 157 marker

Farm to Market Road 157
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length40.1 mi[2] (64.5 km)
ExistedJune 4, 1945[1]–present
Major junctions
South end FM 66 in Maypearl
  US 67 in Venus

US 287 in Mansfield

Bus. US 287 in Mansfield
I-20 in Arlington

I-30 in Arlington
North end SH 121 in Euless
Location
CountiesTarrant, Johnson, Ellis
Highway system
FM 156FM 158

Farm to Market Road 157 (FM 157) is a Farm to Market Road in the US state of Texas, traveling from an exit on Texas State Highway 121 south, through Euless, Bedford, Fort Worth, and Arlington in Tarrant County, then enters Johnson County, and passes through Mansfield, and Venus, before entering Ellis County, and terminating at an intersection with Farm to Market Road 66 in Maypearl.[3] While located in Euless and Bedford, FM 157 is known as Industrial Boulevard, while in Fort Worth, it is known as Collins Street. In Arlington, the route continues on Collins, Abram, and Cooper Streets. In Mansfield, the road is known as Main Street and Lone Star Road; in Venus as Main Street, 8th Street, and 7th Street; and in Maypearl as Highway 157. The highway passes directly through the center of Euless and Bedford, passing large neighborhoods and businesses. The route passes a large wetland before passing directly through downtown Arlington, passing major attractions such as AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park in Arlington. The route passes through the center of the University of Texas at Arlington, and continues through downtown and southern Arlington, before entering Mansfield. The route continues through central Mansfield, and south to Maypearl. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) designated the route in 1945, and redesignated the portion traveling from SH 121 to US Bus. 287 as Urban Road 157 (UR 157) from 1995 until 2018.

Route description[edit]

FM 157 southbound, in Euless

FM 157 begins at its southern terminus, a three-way intersection with Farm to Market Road 66, in Maypearl.[4] The highway starts off as a two-lane, paved, asphalt road. After the intersection, the road continues through northern Maypearl, passing several rows of houses and small businesses. Just after exiting the town, the route passes the large Maypearl Cemetery.[5] The route continues through rural farmland, intersecting several small county roads along the way. At an intersection with Farm to Market Road 1446, the road passes a group of houses and farms. For this length of the route, FM 157 is heading almost due northeast. A few miles after the intersection with FM 1446, the highway turns west and continues for about half a mile in that direction. The road then turns northwest again, and passes the large community of Country Acres.[3] The route continues on through miles of open farmland, intersecting with FM 2258 and FM 875, as well as smaller roads. FM 157 then enters Venus. When the road enters Venus, the name changes from Farm Road 157 to 7th Street. Just after entering the town, the route turns west and is renamed 8th street. The highway spends a very short period of time traveling west, before turning northeast again, and becoming Main Street. The highway passes the Venus Post Office, and proceeds through "downtown Venus", passing most of the town's businesses. FM 157 proceeds to pass over three railroad tracks. The route intersects with US Highway 67, and then exits Venus.[6] The highway passes several large farms, before passing through a very large, unnamed, unincorporated community, and continuing towards Mansfield.[3] The highway enters southern Mansfield, and intersects Business U.S. Route 287, and becomes concurrent with the highway. After a few miles of passing several streets, FM 157 becomes its own road, heading to Arlington, it has an interchange with US 287, intersects Turner Warnell Road at the border of Mansfield and Arlington, becoming South Cooper Street. Going for several miles and having a cloverleaf with Interstate 20 near The Parks Mall at Arlington, passing the University of Arlington, it intersects Division Street, or SH 180, becoming concurrent with the state highway. Then, it intersects Collins Street, and also becomes concurrent with that street. Passing the AT&T Stadium and having an interchange with I-30, it goes for a few miles, passing Viridian. After that, it becomes FM 157 after the crossing of the Fort Worth border. It continues on as FM 157 for a few miles before passing the Euless border, becoming Industrial Boulevard, intersecting Euless Blvd. (State Highway 10), having an interchange with the recently renovated SH 183 (Midtown Express), crossing the Bedford border, then merging onto SH 121.[7][8]

Downtown Venus, with FM 157 in the foreground

History[edit]

FM 157 was first designated on June 4, 1945, and traveled from, a junction with US 287 in Mansfield, in Johnson County, northward to the intersection of SH 121 (Ira E. Woods Avenue) and Loop 10 (Dallas Road) in Grapevine, in Tarrant County. Seven days later, on June 11, 1945, the highway was extended from US 287 through Venus and southward to the southern border of Ellis County.[1] The route was extended on October 25, 1955, to a junction with FM 66 in Maypearl, adding approximately 8.8 miles (14.2 km) to the overall length. On April 14, 1980, the northern 0.6 miles (0.97 km) of the route was returned to the city of Grapevine. The next 3.9 miles (6.3 km) south of that was redesignated as part of State Highway 121 (SH 121) in the same order.[1] On June 27, 1995, the stretch of the highway traveling from SH 121 south to US 287 was redesignated as UR 157, approximately 17.3 miles (27.8 km).[2] The remaining 22.7 miles (36.5 km) of the route stayed FM 157.[1] On June 26, 2003, a portion of the route was redesignated from Collins Street to Cooper Street, in Arlington.[2][3] On April 30, 2015, the section concurrent with BU 287-P from FM 917 to the oldFM 157/BU 287-P junction was removed from the state highway system and given to the city of Mansfield, so FM 157 was rerouted along southbound BU 287-P.[9] The portion from US 287 south to BU 287-P was transferred to BU-287-P, and the section along BU 287-P from FM 917 to FM 157 was transferred to FM 917. On July 27, 2017, FM 157 replaced the section of FM 917 south to US 287, and follows US 287 between these areas.[10] On November 15, 2018, the section from SH 121 south to US 287 was redesignated as FM 157 again.[11]

Future[edit]

In 2012, TxDOT began discussions for a project for the rerouting of FM 157 from FM 1807 south of Venus north to US 287 in Mansfield. The project would potentially reroute the highway to a more direct path, and take it through several large neighborhoods.[12] The Fort Worth District is currently conducting a feasibility study for the proposed realignment of FM 157 from FM 917 to FM 1807. [13][14]

Major junctions[edit]

CountyLocationmi[3]kmDestinationsNotes
EllisMaypearl0.00.0 FM 66 – Itasca, WaxahachieSouthern terminus
1.01.6 FM 1446 east (Old Buena Vista Road) – WaxahachieWestern terminus of FM 1446
5.79.2 FM 2258
7.712.4 FM 875 eastWestern terminus of FM 875
8.613.8 FM 1807 west – AlvaradoEastern terminus of FM 1807
JohnsonVenus10.717.2 US 67 – Cleburne, Midlothian
Mansfield19.531.4 FM 917 north – MansfieldSouth end of FM 917 overlap
19.631.5 US 287 south – MidlothianInterchange; north end of FM 917 overlap; south end of US 287 overlap
Tarrant21.033.8Heritage ParkwayInterchange; south end of freeway
22.035.4 East Broad StreetAccess to Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
23.337.5Walnut Creek Drive / Debbie Lane
24.739.8 US 287 north – Fort Worth

Bus. US 287 south
Interchange; north end of freeway; north end of US 287 overlap; northern terminus of Bus. US 287
Arlington30.248.6 I-20 (Ronald Reagan Memorial Freeway) – Fort Worth, DallasCloverleaf interchange exit; I-20 exits 449 A-B
32.852.8 Spur 303 (Pioneer Parkway)
34.956.2 SH 180 west (Division Street)South end of SH 180 overlap; former US 80
35.957.8 SH 180 east (Division Street)North end of SH 180 overlap; former US 80
37.360.0 I-30 (Tom Landry Freeway)No westbound entrance; I-30 exit 27B
Euless42.267.9 SH 10 (Euless Boulevard)
42.868.9 SH 183 (Airport Freeway) to SH 183 ExpressFM 157 southbound lanes enter Bedford, recent road and pavement renovations by interchange
45.172.6 SH 121 (William D. Tate Avenue)Northern terminus; interchange; no northbound exit
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Farm to Market Road No. 157". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Urban Road No. 157". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e Google (December 10, 2018). "Overview Map of Farm to Market Road 157" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Discovery Channel Road Atlas (Map). 1 in:143.5 mi. Cartography by Mapquest.com, Inc. American Map. 2004. p. 106. ISBN 0-8416-1787-2.
  5. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Mapbook (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 484. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 19, 2012.[dead link]
  6. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Mapbook (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 483. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 19, 2012.[dead link]
  7. ^ Discovery Channel Road Atlas (Map). 1 in:143.5 mi. Cartography by Mapquest.com, Inc. American Map. 2004. p. 108. ISBN 0-8416-1787-2.
  8. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2012). Texas County Mapbook (PDF) (Map) (2012 ed.). 1:120,000. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 453. OCLC 867856197. Retrieved April 19, 2012.[dead link]
  9. ^ (PDF) http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot/commission/2015/0430/12b7.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ (PDF) http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot/commission/2017/0727/12e1.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ (PDF) http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot/commission/2018/1115/4.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ Project Map: FM 157 Realignment (PDF) (Map). Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
  13. ^ Staff. "FM 157 Project". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  14. ^ Staff. "FM 157 major study (realignment)". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 20, 2012.