U.S. Route 83 Business (McAllen, Texas)

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Business
US Highway 83 marker

Business US Highway 83
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length45.889 mi[1] (73.851 km)
ExistedJanuary 14, 1991[1]–present
Major junctions
West end I-2 / US 83 in Penitas
  I-2 / US 83 in Mission

I-2 / US 83 in Pharr

US 281 in Pharr
East end I-2 / US 83 in Harlingen
Highway system

Business US Route 83-S (Bus. US 83-S) is a business loop of US 83 in the Lower Rio Grande Valley region of Texas. The highway serves as the main street for many communities in the area, such as McAllen, Mission, San Juan, Alamo, and more. This is the longest business loop in Texas, traveling almost 47 miles and is the third longest bannered US highway in the state; only US 90 Alternate and US 77 Alternate are longer.

Route description[edit]

Bus. US 83-S begins at Interstate 2/US 83 in Harlingen, near the interchange with Interstate 69E/US 77. Leaving the city, the highway serves the town of La Feria, before entering into Mercedes. In the city of Weslaco, the highway passes by the South Texas College - Mid-Valley Campus. Bus. US 83-S next passes through the towns of Donna, Alamo, and San Juan before entering Pharr. In Pharr, the highway intersects US 281, just south of Interstate 69C. Crossing I-2/US 83 for the first time since Harlingen, Bus. US 83-S enters into the city of McAllen. The highway serves as the major east-west road for the city, traveling directly through the city center. In Mission, the highway splits into a one way street, with northbound traffic traveling on Tom Landry Street and southbound on 9th Street. In western Mission, the highway crosses I-2/US 83 again. After the intersection with FM 2062, development along the route begins to drop, traveling mainly through more rural areas of the city. Bus. US 83-S ends at I-2/US 83 on the eastern edge of Penitas, where I-2 also ends.

History[edit]

The highway was formally signed as Loop 374 until 1991.[2]

Loop 374[edit]

State Highway Loop 374
LocationHidalgo and Cameron counties
ExistedMarch 20, 1963–January 14, 1991

Texas State Highway Loop 374 is a former state highway loop that was located in Hidalgo and Cameron counties.

Loop 374 was designated in 1963, running from US 83 near the west city limit of Mission, eastward along the old location of US 83 to US 83 near the west city limit of Harlingen. The highway was extended 5.5 miles (8.9 km) west of Mission to US 83 in 1967. Loop 374 was re-routed through Mission in 1987, with westbound traffic being re-routed onto Mayberry Road and Tom Landry Street near the town's central business district. The highway was cancelled and re-designated as Bus. US 83 in 1991.

Junction list[edit]

CountyLocationmi[3]kmDestinationsNotes
HidalgoPenitas0.00.0 I-2 east / US 83 – Rio Grande City, Laredo, Harlingen
Palmview2.43.9 FM 1427 south (Abram Road) – Abram
2.94.7 FM 492 north (Goodwin Road) – Citrus City
4.26.8 FM 2062 south (Bentsen Palm Drive) – Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Mission5.69.0 I-2 / US 83 (Expressway 83)I-2 exit 134
7.211.6 SH 107 (Conway Avenue) – Edinburg
9.715.6 FM 494 (Shary Road) – Granjeno
McAllen11.218.0 FM 2220 (Ware Road)
12.219.6 SH 115 south (South 23rd Street) / FM 1926 north (North 23rd Street) – Hidalgo
13.221.2 SH 336 (10th Street) – Hidalgo
14.323.0 FM 2061 north (McCoil Road) – EdinburgWest end of FM 2061 overlap
McAllenPharr line14.823.8 I-2 / US 83 (Expressway 83) / FM 2061 (Jackson Road)East end of FM 2061 overlap; I-2 exit 144
Pharr16.125.9 US 281 (Cage Boulevard) to I-69C – Hidalgo, Edinburg
Alamo19.932.0 FM 907 (Alamo Road) – Edinburg
Donna22.536.2 FM 1423 north (Val Verde Road)West end of FM 1423 overlap
23.037.0 FM 1423 south (Valley View Road)East end of FM 1423 overlap
24.339.1 Spur 433 north (Main Street)
25.040.2 FM 493 (Salinas Boulevard) – La Blanca
Weslaco28.345.5 FM 88 (Texas Boulevard) – Elsa
30.448.9 FM 1015 (International Boulevard) – Progreso
Mercedes33.253.4 FM 491 north (Texas Avenue) – La VillaWest end of FM 491 overlap
33.854.4 FM 491 south (Rio Rico Road)East end of FM 491 overlap
35.457.0 FM 1425 north (Mile 2 Road)
CameronLa Feria36.759.1 FM 2556 south (Joed Road) – Santa MariaWest end of FM 2556 overlap
37.259.9 FM 2556 northEast end of FM 2556 overlap
38.862.4 FM 506 (Main Street) – Santa Rosa
39.563.6 FM 733 north (Kansas City Road)
41.566.8 FM 800 (Bass Boulevard)
Harlingen43.169.4 FM 3195 north (Stuart Place Road) – Palm Valley
45.973.9 I-2 west / US 83 to I-69E / US 77 / Spur 54 eastI-2 exit 174
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Business U.S. Highway No. 83-S". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  2. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway Loop No. 374". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  3. ^ Google (May 14, 2018). "Route of Bus. US 83-S" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 14, 2018.