Loop 396

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Loop 396 travels west from U.S. 77 and Interstate 35 along Valley Mills Drive, a divided surface arterial, to Bosque Boulevard in Waco. Bosque Boulevard leads the remainder of the 5.13 mile long route southwest to the SH 6 freeway. Loop 396 represents the historic routing of SH 6.

Waco, Texas Map
Loop 396 North
Loop 396 (Valley Mills Drive) northbound at Clay Avenue. Loop 396 leads west through the Waco suburb of Beverly Hills. The town incorporated in the early 1940s and now forms an enclave of larger Waco. Photo taken 10/23/07.
Loop 396 spans a Union Pacific Railroad line on the half mile approach to Spur 298 (Franklin Avenue). Photo taken 10/23/07.
Valley Mills Drive (Loop 396) west leaves Beverly Hills and re-enters the city of Waco. Photo taken 10/23/07.
A diamond interchange joins Loop 396 with Spur 298. Spur 298 is a 1.67 mile connector route to U.S. 84 on Waco's south side. Franklin Avenue extends north as a locally maintained street. Photo taken 10/23/07.
Loop 396 reassurance shield posted beyond SS 298. The state highway primarily travels east/west but is signed north/south. Photo taken 10/23/07.
Valley Mills Drive next approaches the commercialized intersection with U.S. 84 (Waco Drive). Photo taken 10/23/07.
U.S. 84 (Waco Drive) angles southwest from the outskirts of Downtown to meet Loop 396 on the south side of Waco. This is one of the older and more established areas of town, with a lot of 1960s and 70s retail architecture present. Photo taken 10/23/07.

Photo Credits:

10/23/07 by Justin Cozart

Connect with:
Interstate 35
U.S. 77
U.S. 84
State Highway 6

Page Updated 01-10-2008.