Texas State Highway 359
|Maintained by TxDOT|
|Length||135.233 mi (217.636 km)|
|West end||US 83 at Laredo|
|I-37 at Mathis|
|East end||US 181 at Skidmore|
The 359 route designation was first used on May 15, 1946, for a short stretch of highway in Coleman from US 84 west to Commercial Avenue and south along Commercial Avenue to US 67 (now SH 206), with a spur northward along Commercial Avenue to Coleman, but this designation was cancelled and replaced with Texas State Highway Loop 175 on June 17, 1947. The current State Highway 359 was designated on August 24, 1954, along the old US 59 route from Beeville to Laredo. SH 359 covered essentially its present-day route, plus a co-routing with US 181 from Skidmore to Beeville. On January 22, 1958, SH 359 was rerouted on Front Street rather than Main Street in Alice. On August 23, 1960, the dual designation with US 181 from Skidmore to Beeville was removed, which made Skidmore the eastern terminus of SH 359.
The highway's eastern terminus is the intersection with US 181 at Skidmore. The route runs southwest through Tynan to an intersection with Interstate 37 at Mathis. The route continues in a southwest direction past Lake Corpus Christi through Sandia, Orange Grove and Alfred until it reaches Alice, where it is briefly co-routed with SH 44.
The route then diverges from SH 44 at San Diego and continues southwest through Benavides and Realitos to a junction with SH 16 at Hebbronville. Here the route takes a more western direction and runs through Bruni and Oilton before its final junction with US 83 at Laredo on the Mexican border. Counties traversed by the route include Bee, San Patricio, Jim Wells, Duval, Jim Hogg and Webb. The highway is paved throughout and multi-lane for portions of the route. With the exception of its western terminus at Laredo, most of the terrain covered by the highway is sparsely populated and rural.
SH 359 has one business route.
Business State Highway 359-B (formerly Loop 198) is a business loop in Mathis. The route was bypassed in 1947 by US 59 and SH 9 and redesignated Loop 198. Loop 198 was redesignated as Business SH 359-B on June 21, 1990.
This section contains a table that is missing mileposts for one or more junctions.
|Webb||Laredo||Houston Street (I-35 Bus. south) / Santa Ursula Avenue - International Bridge No. 1, International Bridge No. 2|
|I-35 north / US 83 north (San Dario Avenue) to I-69W / US 59 – San Antonio, Houston, Carrizo Springs|
|US 83 south / Arkansas Avenue – Zapata||Interchange; east end of US 83 overlap|
|Loop 20 (Bob Bullock Loop) / Spur 260 south (Jaime Zapata Memorial Highway) – Zapata, Texas A&M International University, Lake Casa Blanca International State Park, Laredo Entertainment Center||Interchange|
|||FM 2895 north – Aguilares|
|||FM 649 south – Mirando City|
|Bruni||FM 2050 north – Freer|
||No major junctions|
|Jim Hogg||Hebbronville||SH 16 north (Smith Street) – Freer||West end of SH 16 overlap|
|SH 16 south / SH 285 east (Smith Street) to FM 1017 – Falfurrias, Zapata||East end of SH 16 overlap|
|Duval||Realitos||FM 716 east (Corkill Street) – Concepcion|
|Benavides||FM 2295 west to SH 16||West end of FM 2295 overlap|
|SH 339 north (Texas Boulevard) – Freer||West end of SH 339 overlap|
|SH 339 south / FM 3196 north (Humble Street) – La Rosita, Falfurrias||East end of SH 339 overlap|
|FM 2295 east – Kingsville||East end of FM 2295 overlap|
|San Diego||FM 1329 south – Falfurrias|
|SH 44 west – Freer, Laredo||West end of SH 44 overlap|
|see SH 44|
|Jim Wells||||SH 44 east – Agua Dulce, Corpus Christi||Interchange; east end of SH 44 overlap|
|||FM 3376 west|
|||FM 1539 east|
|Orange Grove||FM 624 – Corpus Christi|
|Casa Blanca||FM 534 north|
|Sandia||FM 70 south|
|FM 1540 east|
|San Patricio||||PR 25 north – Lake Corpus Christi State Recreational Area|
Bus. SH 359 east / FM 666 south (San Patricio Street) – San Patricio
|Spur 459 east to I-37 south – Corpus Christi|
Bus. SH 359 west
|FM 3024 north|
|I-37 – San Antonio, Corpus Christi||I-37 exit 36|
|Bee||Tynan||FM 796 south||West end of FM 796 overlap|
|FM 796 north||East end of FM 796 overlap|
|Skidmore||US 181 – Skidmore, Sinton|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway No. 359". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2006-12-23.
- Google (2008-03-08). "overview map of SH 359" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
- Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Business State Highway No. 359-B". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation.
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