Texas State Highway 56

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State Highway 56 marker

State Highway 56
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length64.468 mi[1] (103.751 km)
ExistedApril 7, 1974[1]–present
Major junctions
West end US 82 near Whitesboro
  US 377 in Whitesboro
US 75 in Sherman
US 69 in Bells
East end US 82 near Honey Grove
Highway system
SH 55SH 57

State Highway 56 (SH 56) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Texas that runs through Grayson and Fannin counties in North Central Texas. This highway was designated in 1974 to replace U.S. Highway 82 (US 82) when it was rerouted north of Whitesboro and Sherman.[2] SH 56 has been extended further since then as the US 82 bypass continued to be extended north of Bonham and Honey Grove.

Through Sherman, SH 56 operates on a pair of one-way streets, Lamar (eastbound) and Houston (westbound).

Route description[edit]

SH 56 begins at an intersection with US 82 just outside of Whitesboro. The highway then enters Whitesboro with indirect access to US 377. SH 56 next travels through Southmayd, where it meets SH 289, before entering Sherman. Just east of Farm to Market Road 1417 (FM 1417), the highway splits into a pair of one–way streets, with eastbound traffic traveling on Lamar Street and westbound on Houston Street. SH 56 meets US 75 before entering downtown Sherman. The highway merges back into one street, just before SH 11 before leaving Sherman. SH 56 runs through a generally undeveloped area of Grayson County before entering Bells, where the highway meets US 69. Between Bells and Savoy, SH 56 enters Fannin County. The highway runs through Ector, before entering Bonham where it meets SH 121 and SH 78. SH 56 runs through Dodd City, Windom and Honey Grove before ending at an intersection with US 82.


SH 56 was originally designated on August 21, 1923, through the northwestern Panhandle, replacing SH 5D.[3] Construction was completed by September 26, 1939, when the SH 56 designation was dropped in favor of US 54.[4] SH 56 was designated on April 7, 1974, from US 82 southeast to FM 1417. On August 26, 1993, SH 56 extended east to US 82 at the Lamar County line, its current terminus. Parts were concurrent with US 82 until the US 82 bypass opened.

Junction list[edit]

Grayson US 82 – Gainesville, Sherman
Bus. US 377 (Union Street)
Spur 129 west to US 377 – Denton
FM 901 southWest end of FM 901 overlap
FM 901 north – SadlerEast end of FM 901 overlap
Southmayd SH 289 – Pottsboro, DallasInterchange
Sherman FM 1417 (Heritage Parkway) – Pottsboro, North Texas Regional AirportInterchange
US 75 – Denison, DallasUS 75 exit 58
SH 11 east – Tom Bean
FM 1417 north
Bells US 69 – Denison, Greenville
FanninSavoy FM 1752 – Whitewright
Ector FM 898 – Caddo National Grassland
Bonham SH 121 south – McKinneyWest end of SH 121 overlap
SH 121 north – DurantEast end of SH 121 overlap
SH 78 – Durant, Leonard
Dodd City FM 2077 south
FM 897 north
Windom FM 1743
FM 1396 west – Caddo National Grassland
Honey Grove SH 34 south – Wolfe CityWest end of SH 34 overlap
SH 34 north – Caddo National GrasslandEast end of SH 34 overlap
FM 824 east
US 82 – Sherman, Paris
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway No. 56". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  2. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "U.S. Highway No. 82". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  3. ^ (PDF) https://publicdocs.txdot.gov/minord/MinuteOrderDocLib/003676878.pdf. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "U.S. Highway No. 54". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 3, 2016.