Interstate 37 South - Mathis to Corpus Christi

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Interstate 37 South
Traveling through the south end of Mathis, Spur 459 leads back north along former SH 9 from Exit 34 to SH 359. Sign replacements here replaced the erroneous SH 359 shield with Spur 459. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Interstate 37 angles southeast from Mathis to next meet SH 188 at a diamond interchange (Exit 31). Photo taken 07/11/05.
SH 188 begins and travels 16 miles east from IH 37 to the San Patricio County seat of Sinton. The state highway travels 43.5 miles overall to SH 35 southwest of Rockport. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Forthcoming FM 796 south and SH 234 west come together at the unincorporated community of Edroy. Photo taken 07/11/05.
A split diamond interchange (Exit 22) joins IH 37 south with FM 796 north to Tynan, and SH 234 south into Edroy and east to Odem. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Exit 20B serves Cooper Road, a minor collector linking Interstate 37 with the city of Odem to the east. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Picnic areas are located along both sides of Interstate 37 just north of the 70 foot descent onto the low lying coastal plain. Photo taken 07/11/05.
A partial directional T interchange (Exit 17) joins U.S. 77 south with Interstate 37 in one mile. There is no direct access to U.S. 77 north. Instead motorists are directed onto the frontage road system to connect with U.S. 77 northeast to Odem. Photo taken 07/11/05.
North of IH 37, U.S. 77 follows the coast to Victoria, then travels north past IH 10 to meet IH 35 in Waco. The divided highway doubles as the Interstate 69E corridor north to Sinton and Refugio. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Interstate 37 U.S. 77 South
Interstate 37 & U.S. 77 overlap southward across the Nueces River Bridge and into the Corpus Christi city limits and Nueces County. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Exit 16 departs from the freeway just south of the Nueces River onto the west side frontage road at Labonte Park. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Formerly known as Nueces River Park and named for NASCR drivers Terry and Bobby Labonte, Labonte Park lies along the adjacent river at Exit 16. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Exit 15 serves Sharpsburg Road and Redbird Lane on the north side of the Calallen district of Corpus Christi. Photo taken 07/11/05.
The 2.5 mile overlap U.S. 77 ends at an upcoming three-wye interchange (Exit 14). U.S. 77 becomes Interstate 69E as it branches west from IH 37 to Robstown. Photo taken 07/11/05.
U.S. 77 provides the main route south from the Corpus Christi area to Harlingen and Brownsville in the Rio Grande Valley. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Interstate 69E was designated in October 2011 along a 6.2 mile segment of U.S. 77 freeway, from IH 37 south to SH 44 in Robstown An additional 1.6 miles of IH 69E was added to U.S. 77 south to FM 892 at Robstown in November 2014. Photo taken 07/11/05.
The IH 37 / U.S. 77 (IH 69E) exchange was rebuilt to the present three-level configuration in 1988-91. The west suburb of Robstown lies five miles to the south along IH 69E & U.S. 77. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Traffic partitions for U.S. 77 south to the Kleberg County seat of Kingsville and the remainder of Interstate 37 to Downtown Corpus Christi. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Looking south at the departing IH 69E & U.S. 77, the ensuing exit departs in a half mile for FM 624, which goes from Calallen to Orange Grove and U.S. 281. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Interstate 37 South
Interstate 37 shifts east and passes below the UP Railroad alongside Leopard Street. Exit 13A follows onto unsigned Spur 407, which lines Leopard Street (old SH 9) to the Corpus Christi bayfront. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Exit 13A serves FM 1694 (Callicoate Road), the first of three Farm to Market Roads linking IH 37 and Leopard Street with the SH 44 expressway between Robstown and Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP). Photo taken 07/11/05.
This scene looks at the previous ramp departure of Exit 10 to Carbon Plant Road. The exit was renumbered to 10B and relocated further west during 2010-11 construction to build a lengthy flyover from IH 37 south to the Joe Fulton International Trade Corridor. The next five miles of IH 37 travel through an industrial area, with several refineries north of the freeway. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Continuing beyond the Carbon Plant Road overpass, the succeeding exit from Interstate 37 south leads to adjacent Up River Road and FM 2292 (Rand Morgan Road) south. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Exit 9 leaves IH 37 south for Up River Road west to West Guth Park and east to FM 2292. Following Rand Morgan Road south from the freeway, FM 2292 travels 3.48 miles to SH 44 Business (Agnes Street) at Clarkwood. Photo taken 07/11/05.
A split diamond interchange (Exit 7) lies 1.5 miles ahead with Tuloso and Suntide Roads. Exit 6 follows for Southern Minerals Road. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Tuloso Road and Suntide Road connect Interstate 37 with oil refineries to the north of Exit 7 and Leopard Street (former SH 9) to the south. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Southern Minerals Road serves industrial areas north from Exit 6 to Up River Road and south to Sedgwick Road west. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Corn Products Way constitutes an arterial connector south from a diamond interchange (Exit 5) with IH 37 to Spur 407 (Leopard Street). Photo taken 07/11/05.
Valero Way stems north from Corn Products Way and Exit 5 to an oil refinery at Up River Road. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Back to back off-ramps depart from the ensuing stretch of Interstate 37 south for Lantana Street (Exit 4B) and SH 358 (Padre Island Drive) south. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Exit 4B departs for Lantana Drive and the west frontage road for SH 358 (Padre Island Drive) south. The return ramp lies east of the adjacent directional T interchange with the SH 358 freeway at McBride Lane. Photo taken 07/11/05.
SH 358 (Padre Island Drive) circles around the west side of Corpus Christi en route to southern reaches of the city at Encinal Peninsula and John F. Kennedy Causeway out onto Padre Island. SH 358 is the busiest freeway in Corpus Christi. Photo taken 07/11/05.
With a refinery coming into view east of McBride Lane, Interstate 37 drops below grade as traffic from SH 358 north merges. Photo taken 07/11/05.
A diamond interchange (Exit 3A) joins Interstate 37 with Navigation Boulevard just east of the Corpus Christi Terminal Railroad underpass. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Exit 3A leaves IH 37 south for Navigation Road. Navigation Road north formerly crossed Tule Lake Channel across a draw bridge. Leading south through industrial areas, Navigation Road continues to FM 665 (Old Brownsville Road). Photo taken 07/11/05.
Up River Road and Interstate 37 converge again at a diamond interchange (Exit 2). The surface street continues east to Roy Miller High School and Lipan Street. Photo taken 07/11/05.
The final exits of Interstate 37 south are listed as the off-ramp (Exit 1E) for Buddy Lawrence Drive and Nueces Bay Boulevard departs here. Photo taken 07/11/05.
The succeeding exits from IH 37 south leaves for Port Avenue and the Crosstown Expressway (SH 286) south. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Port Avenue arcs northeast to the Port of Corpus Christi and Whataburger Field (home of the Corpus Christi Hooks Minor League Baseball club). Photo taken 07/11/05.
Port Avenue is the pre-freeway alignment of SH 286 leading south to Ayers Street and north to U.S. 181. The adjacent Crosstown Expressway extends 8.5 miles south from Interstate 37 toward Chapman Ranch. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Sharp ramps are associated with the directional T interchange joining Interstate 37 with the Crosstown Expressway. This exchange will be rebuilt as part of the Harbor Bridge Replacement Project running through 2021. Photo taken 07/11/05.
State Highway 286 travels 15.21 miles from Exit 1C south to FM 70 in southern Nueces County. The new alignment for U.S. 181 will tie into IH 37 and SH 286 from the north. Construction includes changing the remainder of IH 37 east to Downtown Corpus Christi into a surface boulevard. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Exit 1A to Buffalo Street represents the last official exit of Interstate 37 south. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Alameda Street spans the Interstate 37 just ahead of the off-ramp (Exit 1A) to Buffalo Street. Buffalo Street stems east from Exit 1A to Broadway Street. Corpus Christi City Hall lies just south of IH 37 at Alameda and Leopard Streets (Spur 407). Photo taken 09/29/07.
Interstate 37 ends and U.S. 181 begins as Exit 1A parts ways for Buffalo Street and Downtown Corpus Christi. The freeway continues another half mile to Mesquite Street. Photo taken 09/29/07.
The zero mile post for IH 37 is located just beyond the gore point for Exit 1A. U.S. 181 separates from the freeway next to follow a freeway north across the Harbor Bridge to North Beach, where the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington are located. Photo taken 09/29/07.
U.S. 181 combines with SH 35 north to cross the Harbor Bridge over Corpus Christi Ship Channel to Corpus Christi Beach, Portland and Gregory. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Two lanes continue east from the freeway end onto a three block boulevard to Shoreline Boulevard and the Corpus Christi Bayfront. Photo taken 09/29/07.
The substandard interchange joining Interstate 37 and U.S. 181 will be demolished once the Harbor Bridge replacement and new alignment for U.S. 181 opens to the west. Both freeways for U.S. 181 and IH 37 will be converted into surface boulevards. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Mesquite Street parallels the Harbor Bridge approach north to Heritage Park and Port Avenue by Whataburger Field. The street provides a major collector south into Downtown Corpus Christi. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Chaparral Street comprises a minor arterial south into Downtown and north to the American Bank Center and Bayfront Science Park. Photo taken 09/29/07.
Water Street represents the historic alignment of U.S. 181 north from Antelope Street. The street was severed from the IH 37 boulevard north to Belden Street, and no longer exists north of Resaca Street where the American Bank Center was built. Photo taken 09/29/07.
The IH 37 boulevard ends at Shoreline Boulevard overlooking Corpus Christi Bay. Photo taken 09/29/07.


Photo Credits:

    07/11/05 by Kevin Trinkle. 09/29/07 by AARoads.

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U.S. 77
U.S. 181

Page Updated 08-29-2017.