Special routes of U.S. Route 81

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U.S. Route 81 marker

U.S. Route 81
Highway system

U.S. Route 81 has eight special routes. Three are in Texas, one in Oklahoma, two in Kansas, and two in North Dakota.

Texas[edit]

Rhome[edit]


Business U.S. Highway 81-E
LocationRhome
Length1.776 mi[1] (2.858 km)
Existed1990–present[1]

Decatur[edit]


Business U.S. Highway 81-D
LocationDecatur
Length4.669 mi[2] (7.514 km)
Existed1990–present[2]

Alvord[edit]


Business U.S. Highway 81-C
LocationAlvord
Length2.307 mi[3] (3.713 km)
Existed1990–present[3]

San Antonio[edit]

State Highway Loop 353
LocationSan Antonio
Existed1961–present

Loop 353 is the former routing of US 81 in southern San Antonio, formed in late 1961 when US 81 was rerouted onto the freeway to the east. When first designated, Loop 353 was marked as a business route of US 81.

State Highway Loop 368
LocationSan Antonio
Existed1962–present

Loop 368 is the former routing of US 81 in northern San Antonio, former in late 1962 when US 81 was rerouted onto the freeway to the east. When first designated, Loop 368 was marked as a business route of US 81.

Oklahoma[edit]

Rush Springs[edit]


U.S. Route 81 Business
LocationRush Springs
Existed1971–present

The southernmost Business US-81 in Oklahoma is in the town of Rush Springs, Oklahoma. It begins south of the town, following Rush Street into the central business district. In the middle of downtown Rush Springs, there is a four way stop with Blakeley Avenue. Blakeley carries Oklahoma State Highway 17, which has its eastern terminus at Business US-81. The business route continues north on Rush Street before angling to the northwest to rejoin mainline US-81.

Business US-81 in Rush Springs is signed with a US-81 shield with a small "B" appended after the number. This method of signing business routes is unusual for Oklahoma.

Business US-81 was originally part of mainline US-81. On May 10, 1971, US-81 was relocated to run west of town, and Business US-81 was designated along the old alignment.[4]

Kansas[edit]

McPherson[edit]


U.S. Route 81 Business
LocationMcPherson
Existed1970–present

Business US-81 in Kansas is in McPherson. This route is 6 miles (9.7 km)[citation needed] long. It begins at the intersection of I-135, US-81, and US-56 east of McPherson. It goes west on Kansas Ave. for about two miles (3 km) in a concurrency with US-56 and turns south on Main Street for 2 miles (3.2 km), passing Central Christian College and National Cooperative Refinery Association. At K-61, it exits east in a 2 miles (3.2 km) "wrong-way" concurrency with K-61 before ending at I-135 and US-81 southeast of McPherson.

BUS US-81 in McPherson first appeared on the Kansas Department of Transportation Map in 1970 when Interstate 35W (now Interstate 135) was completed between McPherson and Salina.[5]

Lindsborg[edit]


U.S. Route 81 Business
LocationLindsborg
Existed1970–2012

Former Business US-81 in Lindsborg began at the intersection of Interstate 135, US-81, and K-4 north of Lindsborg on an older routing of US-81. It shared a 4 miles (6.4 km) concurrency with K-4, which turns to the west in south Lindsborg. At this junction, it went for another mile south before turning east on Smoky Valley Road, ending 3 miles (4.8 km) later at I-135 and US-81. This BUS US-81 had a total length of 8 miles (13 km).[citation needed]

The Lindsborg business loop first appeared in 1970, at the same time as the McPherson loop.[5]

North Dakota[edit]

Fargo[edit]


U.S. Highway 81 Business
LocationFargo

Grand Forks[edit]


U.S. Highway 81 Business
LocationGrand Forks



References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Business U.S. Highway No. 81-E". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Business U.S. Highway No. 81-D". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Business U.S. Highway No. 81-C". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  4. ^ Oklahoma Department of Transportation. "Memorial Dedication and Revision History, US 81". Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Official State Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (1970 ed.). Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-05-12.

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