U.S. 90

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Originating at Van Horn from IH 10 in West Texas, U.S. 90 serves southern reaches of the state along a 772-mile course east to Louisiana at Orange. U.S. 90 drops south from IH 10 through Lobo Valley and across the Ryan Flat to Marfa. Combining with U.S. 67, U.S. 90 winds east from Marfa around Paisano Peak and the Twin Sisters to Alpine. U.S. 67 branches northeast from outside Alpine to IH 10 while U.S. 90 turns southward by Cathedral Mountain to Marathon.

U.S. 90 Texas Guides

U.S. 90 traverses arid hill country east to Sanderson Canyon and Dryden as it trends southward to Langtry along the Rio Grande. Navigating along a winding course by Amistad International Reservoir and National Recreation Area, U.S. 90 approaches U.S. 277, U.S. 377 and Del Rio. SL 79 provides a bypass of the city while U.S. 90 combines with U.S. 277 to Downtown.

Heading east from Del Rio, U.S. 90 passes by Laughlin AFB en route to Brockettville, Uvalde, Hondo and the San Antonio area. U.S. 90 follows the Cleto Rodriguez Freeway west from SL 1604 (C.W. Anderson Loop) near Lackland AFB to merge with IH 10 east at IH 35. IH 10 & U.S. 90 overlap from south of Downtown San Antonio to Seguin.

U.S. 90 splits with U.S. 90 Alternate at Seguin. U.S. 90 parallels IH 10 closely or merges with the freeway from there to Houston while the bannered route trends southward to Gonzales, Hallettville, Eagle Lake. The two reconvene at IH 10 (Exit 773A) in east Houston. U.S. 90 shifts away from Interstate 10 along the Crosby Freeway through northeast Houston while U.S. 90 Business parallels to the north along Beaumont Highway.

Crosby Freeway

Taking nearly a decade to construct, the Crosby Freeway northeast from the Beltway 8 / Sam Houston Tollway to FM 2100 past Crosby opened to traffic on February 25, 1991. The Crosby Freeway Festival and ribbon cutting took place two days prior to celebrate the completion of the nine mile, $70 million project.1 Work started on the new route for U.S. 90 in 1979.2

The west end of the Crosby Freeway ties into the systems interchange joining IH 10 and the east 610 loop at Northshore in Houston. Ramps linking IH 10 with U.S. 90 were constructed as part of $63 contract awarded in September 2006 for the expansion of the East Freeway to eight lanes. Three years of construction coincided with work to extend U.S. 90 southwest to IH 10. This included contracts awarded in January 2006 for the segment between IH 10 and Mercury Drive ($13 million), the 1.4 mile section from Mercury Drive to Hunting Bayou ($14.6 million) and the remaining portion from Hunting bayou to Wallisville Road ($42.9 million).3

Several setbacks delayed completion of the seven mile gap along the Crosby Freeway west to IH 10/610. One issue required TxDOT to negotiate with CenterPoint Energy, Inc. for the relocation of large transmission lines. Construction on the $170 million plan to extend U.S. 90 to IH 10 ran through the first quarter of 2011.4


Beaumont Highway extends U.S. 90 northeast toward Dayton in Liberty County. East from Liberty, U.S. 90 and IH 10 again converge at Beaumont. Prior to 2017, U.S. 90 navigated along College, Wall, Park and Pearl Streets to Downtown Beaumont. The 3.3-mile alignment was transferred to the city of Beaumont per Texas Transportation Commission approval and by AASHTO on May 23, 2017. U.S. 90 instead overlaps with the freeway for an additional 4.1 miles to the Neches River Bridge.

U.S. 90 East - Van Horn
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U.S. 90 begins in Downtown Van Horn at the intersection of Broadway (Business Loop I-10 / former U.S. 80) and Van Horn Street. Van Horn Street leads U.S. 90 two blocks south to IH 10. Photo taken 01/14/06.
U.S. 90 initially travels south through the Lobo Valley before making a graduall eastern turn around the Davis Mountains to Marfa. IH 10 stays north of the Davis Mountains to Kent, IH 20 and Fort Stockton. Photo taken 01/14/06.
The first confirming marker for U.S. 90 stands just south of IH 10 in Van Horn. Photo taken 01/14/06.
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U.S. 90 begins in Downtown Van Horn at the intersection of Broadway (Business Loop I-10 / former U.S. 80) and Van Horn Street. Van Horn Street leads U.S. 90 two blocks south to IH 10. Photo taken 01/14/06.
U.S. 90 West - Van Horn
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U.S. 90 (Van Horn Street) enters the town of Van Horn three quarters of a mile ahead of the diamond interchange with IH 10. IH 10 travels west to El Paso and east to Fort Stockton. Photos taken 01/14/06.
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The eastbound entrance ramp to IH 10 from U.S. 90. San Antonio is a 447 mile drive to the southeast. Photos taken 01/14/06.
IH 10 traverses the Carrizo Mountains west 32 miles from U.S. 90 to Business Loop I0C at Sierra Blanca. Photo taken 01/14/06.
U.S. 90 extends two blocks north from north IH 10 frontage road to Business Loop I-10D (Broadway Street). Shields however recognize this section of Van Horn Street as part of SH 54, which begins from Broadway Street a half block east of U.S. 90. Photo taken 01/14/06.
Trailblazers for Business Loop I-10 and SH 54 appear at Van Horn Street north at Desert Street. Photo taken 01/14/06.
U.S. 90 concludes a half block beyond Cactus Street at Business Loop I-10D. SH 54 commences a 54.78 mile course northward from Van Horn to U.S. 62/180 nearby. U.S. 62/180 connect travelers with Guadalupe Mountains National Park and Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. Photo taken 01/14/06.
Business Loop I-10 (Broadway Boulevard) parallels a Union Pacific Railroad line through Van Horn. Following old U.S. 80, BI-10D extends 1.93 miles west to a wye interchange with IH 10 and east 0.85 miles to IH 1 via Ross Drive. Photo taken 01/14/06.

Sources:

  1. "Crosby to celebrate town-to-city connection." Houston Chronicle (TX), February 22, 1991.
  2. "New freeway to Crosby planned." Houston Chronicle (TX), December 20, 1987.
  3. "Construction on US 90 to begin next year." Baytown Sun, The (TX), October 15, 2005.
  4. "TxDOT: 60,000 drivers could used completed US 90." Lake Houston Observer, The (Pasadena, TX), January 29, 2009.


Photo Credits:

01/14/06 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 10
Business Loop I-10 - Van Horn

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