Farm to Market Road 270

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Farm to Market Road 270 marker

Farm to Market Road 270
Egret Bay Boulevard
Route information
Length5.064 mi[1] (8.150 km)
Existed1945, current form 1970[1]–present
Major junctions
South end FM 646 in League City
  SH 96
North end NASA 1 in Houston
Location
CountiesHarris, Galveston
Highway system
FM 269FM 271

Farm to Market Road 270, or FM 270 is a state highway in the U.S. state of Texas located inside the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. Locally, the road is known as Egret Bay Boulevard.

The short highway travels southeast (parallel to Interstate 45) from NASA Road 1 west of the Johnson Space Center to FM 646 (future SH 99) in nearby League City, crossing over Clear Creek and the Galveston County line. At NASA Parkway, it joins with El Camino Real, which extends to FM 2351. The road mainly serves local neighborhoods.

Route description[edit]

FM 270 begins at an intersection with FM 646 (future SH 99) in League City, Galveston County, heading north-northwest on two-lane Egret Bay Boulevard. The road heads past residential areas to the west and fields to the east before passing through more fields and reaching an intersection with SH 96. The highway continues into a mix of residential and commercial areas with some fields and trees. FM 270 becomes a five-lane road with a center left-turn lane and continues through more developed areas, turning northwest and crossing FM 518. The road widens to seven lanes total and passes businesses before heading into wooded areas and crossing the Clear Creek into the Clear Lake City section of Houston in Harris County. FM 270 heads through residential areas before passing commercial establishments and ending at an interchange with NASA Road 1. Past here, the road becomes El Camino Real.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

The original FM 270 was established on June 11, 1945 in Hopkins County as a route from Sulphur Bluff to the village of Dike. It was extended south 4.1 miles to a road intersection on November 23, 1948. On September 28, 1949, it extended south to SH 11. On August 8, 1951, it extended south 5.5 miles to a road intersection, replacing FM 1698. On December 7, 1952, it extended northeastward 5.8 miles from Dike to a road intersection. On August 24, 1955, it extended east and north 8.9 miles to SH 11 in Pickton. On October 31, 1957, it extended north 5.4 miles to FM 71. On October 31, 1958, it extended north 2 miles from FM 71. The route was cancelled on December 21, 1959 and the highway was transferred to FM 69 and FM 269.[1]

The highway was reestablished on October 30, 1970, running from NASA Road 1 to FM 518 and was extended on August 31, 1987 to its current distance.[1] On August 27, 1995, the state of Texas officially canceled the road in favor of an Urban Road designation, but the designation is only used by the state itself.[4] On November 15, 2018, the state of Texas officially canceled the Urban Road designation in favor of the FM 270 designation.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
GalvestonLeague City0.0000.000 FM 646 (16th Street)
SH 96 (League City Parkway)
FM 518 (East Main Street)
HarrisHouston5.0648.150 NASA 1 (East NASA Parkway)Interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Farm to Market Road No. 270". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation.
  2. ^ Google (October 25, 2011). "overview of Farm to Market Road 270" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  3. ^ County Grid Map 583 (PDF) (Map). Texas Department of Transportation. 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  4. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Urban Road No. 270". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation.
  5. ^ (PDF) http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot/commission/2018/1115/4.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)