Business Loop I-45 - Corsicana

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Business Loop Interstate 45F serves the Navarro County seat of Corsicana in northeastern Texas. The loop follows the original alignment of U.S. 75 and a portion of U.S. 287 through Corsicana as Interstate 45 bypasses the city to the east. The 6.37 mile route comprises a four-lane highway with a short viaduct over Texas 31 (7th Avenue / Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) outside Downtown. It was established on June 21, 1990 in a mileage transfer from State Loop 564.

Business Loop I-45 South
Business Loop I-45 south splits from IH 45 south at the Exit 235B wye interchange for an expressway leading south into Corsicana. The first reassurance marker lies ahead of bridges over Briar Creek and one of its tributaries. Photo taken 10/21/03.
A reassurance shield precedes the BNSF Railroad under crossing south of Roane Road. Central Corsicana lies around the bend ahead. Note the small letter F posted within the shield. Photo taken 10/21/03.
The four-lane roadway passes under the BNSF Railroad line midway between Roane Road east and East 1st Avenue. Photo taken 10/21/03.
A set of mast-arm supported traffic signals govern the intersection of Business Loop I-45 and 5th Avenue just east of Downtown and a parallel Union Pacific Railroad line. The business route follows 7th Street town. Photo taken 10/21/03.
Business Loop I-45 ascends over Texas 31 (7th Avenue) and a Union Pacific Railroad line between 5th and 12th Avenues. A frontage street system follows the viaduct below, carrying travelers to and from Texas 31 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) and 7th Street. Texas 31 joins Corsicana with Athens to the east and Dawson to the southwest. Photo taken 10/21/03.
Descending back to grade level on the approach to the signalized intersection with 12th Avenue. Photo taken 10/21/03.
Business Loop I-45 branches away from the former alignment of U.S. 287 (7th Street) for the return to IH 45 south. U.S. 287 Business takes over 7th Street south for the 0.81-mile drive to the split of IH 45 and U.S. 287 south. Photo taken 10/21/03.
U.S. 287 Business was established in June 1990 in a mileage transfer from State Spur 565. Business U.S. 287T provides a direct route to U.S. 287 leading away from Interstate 45 to Palestine. Photo taken 10/21/03.
Reassurance marker posted at Mesquite Branch, south of U.S. 287 Business. This stretch of Business Loop I-45 was solely designated as U.S. 75 originally. Photo taken 10/21/03.
Business Loop I-45 combines with the IH 45 South frontage road ahead of the wye interchange return to the freeway at Exit 228. A small guide sign references Richland (where IH 45 splits with SH 14) at nine miles away. This panel was replaced with a new sign omitting the distance. Photo taken 10/21/03.
Southbound at the Business Loop I-45 return ramp to IH 45 for Houston. The southbound side frontage road continues to Angus and junction SH 739. Photo taken 10/21/03.
Business Loop I-45 scenes
The IH 45 frontage road system crosses the beginning of the Business Loop I-45F just south of the Exit 235B off-ramp. Photo taken 10/21/03.
Drivers turning north onto Business Loop I-45F merge onto the left side of IH 45 north. Interstate 45 continues to Rice, Ennis and Dallas. Photo taken 10/21/03.



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10/21/03 by AARoads

Page Updated 10-31-2013.