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U.S. Route 69 shield
U.S. Route 69
Length: 1136 mi[1] (1,828 km)
Formed: 1926 (extended north 1934, south 1935)[1]
South end: SH 87 at Port Arthur, TX
Major
junctions:
I-10 at Beaumont, TX

I-20 at Lindale, TX
I-30 at Greenville, TX
I-40 at Checotah, OK
I-44 at Big Cabin/Vinita, OK
I-35 near Kansas City, KS
I-70 at Kansas City, KS
I-80 at Des Moines, IA

North end: MN 13 at Albert Lea, MN
United States Numbered Highways
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U.S. Route 69 is a north–south United States highway. When it was first created, it was only 150 miles (241 km) long, but it has since been expanded into a Minnesota to Texas cross-country route. The highway's southern terminus (as well as those of US 287 and US 96) is in Port Arthur, Texas at an intersection with State Highway 87. Its northern terminus is in Albert Lea, Minnesota at Minnesota State Highway 13.[2] US 69 is noteworthy as having had numerous reassurance shields stolen because of the sexual connotation of its route number.

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Route description

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Texas

US-69 begins at its southern terminus with SH-87 and SH-347 in Port Arthur. This intersection is also the southern terminus for US-96 and US-287, which are multiplexed with US-69. Throughout Texas, US-69 is also referred to as Texas Forest Trail. US-69/US-96/US-287 continues in a northeast, then east, route until it's intersection with Interstate 10 just east of Beaumont. At this intersection, US-69/US-96/US-287 merges with I-10 East into Beaumont. I-10/US-69/US-96/US-287 continues in a northerly direction into Beaumont for several miles. Just after the intersection with US-90, I-10 splits from the multiplex and resumes its easterly course, leaving US-69/US-96/US-287 heading northwest through Beaumont.

In Lumberton, US-96 splits from US-69/US-287 and heads northeast towards Jasper, while US-60/US-287 continues on its northwest path towards Woodville.

In Woodville, US-69 splits from US-287 a few blocks north of US-190. US-287 continues northwest towards Corrigan while US-69 proceed north towards Lufkin.

In Lufkin, US-69 multiplexes with US-59 and State Loop 287 while the route through the city is named Business US-69. US-69/State Loop 287/US-59 continues around the east side of Lufkin until US-59 separates at the intersection with Business US-59 northeast of Lufkin. US-69/State Loop 287 continue until the intersection of SH-103/Business US-69 on the northwest section of Lufkin. At that point, US-69 is multiplexed for a short distance with SH-103 and State Loop 287. At the intersection of US-69, State Loop 287 and SH-103, US-69 departs Lufkin and heads northwest while SH-103/State Loop 287 heads south.

US-69 continues on a north to northwest path through the towns of Alto, Rusk, Jacksonville and Bullard. Just south of Bullard, US-69 has a short duplex with FM-2493. US-69 continues northward into Tyler.

In Tyler, US-69 continues northward through the city until the intersection of SH-110/SH-155, where US-69 heads west and merges with SH-110/SH-155 through Tyler. Around seven blocks from the intersection of US-69 and SH-110/SH-155, SH-155 separates from the multiplex and travels in a southwest direction, leaving US-69/SH-110 traveling in a northwest direction. This continues until SH-110 separates from US-69 on the northwest side of Tyler. At this intersection, SH-110 heads west while US-69 continues north.

US-69 continues on a north to northwest path until encountering Interstate 30 in Greenville. At the intersection with I-30, US-69 duplexes with US-380 (which just happens to be the eastern terminus for US-380). The duplex continues around the southern and eastern sides of Greenville until the intersection with SH-224. At that intersection, US-380 heads west while US-69 continues north, then northwest, from Greenville to Leonard, where it encounters a brief multiplex with SH-78.

In Whitewright, SH-11 intersects and multiplexes with US-69 southeast of town. This continues until the intersection with SH-160, at which time SH-11 continues on a westward route and US-69 continues north through Whitewright.

US-69 continues north/northeast until Denison, where it merges with Business US-75. US-69/Business US-75 continue north until both intersect with US-75, at which time US-69 multiplexes with US-75. Both head northeast through the Oklahoma/Texas border.

Oklahoma

US-69,US-75 passes the Oklahoma border near the tiny town of Staley, OK. They stay merged all the way to Atoka, where US-69 heads NE and US-75 heads NW. US-69 and US-75 briefly merge with SH-3 in Atoka but SH-3 stays on US-75 instead of US-69 when they split. In Stringtown US-69 merges with SH-43. SH-43 splits from US-69 near the Ataka Reservoir and crosses it. US-69 passes right by the McAlester Ammunitions Depot. US-69 passes over Eufaula Lake 6 times (It is a massive Lake). Near Muskogee US-69 merges with US-64 and SH-2. At an intersection with US-62, US-64 heads West on US-62 and US-69, SH-2 continues to head North. Near Vinita, US-69 and SH-2 make an interchange with Historic Route 66 and US-60. The two highways turn East and merge with HR-66 and US-60. In Downtown Vinita, SH-2 heads North while US-69,US-60 and HR-66 head East, passing I-44 a short while later. At SH-85, the three highways make an unexpected turn toward the North. The three highways merge with US-59 just South of I-44. Still South of I-44, US-60 heads NE paralleling I-44. While HR-66,US-69,US-59 continue heading North, passing I-44. At SH-10, US-59 heads West on SH-10, while HR-66 and US-69 head North on SH-10. This makes the road change its name to HR-66, US-69, SH-10. In Downtown Miami, SH-10 continues heading East, while HR-66 and US-69 turn toward the North. South of Picher and West of Quapaw, US-69 splits into US-69 and US-69 Alternate.

Part Oklahoma-Part Kansas

US-69

US-69 splits from HR-66 (And now US-69 Alternate), and heads North through the town of Picher. Just past the Oklahoma-Kansas State Line, US-69 merges with SH-7. In Columbus, SH-7 continues heading North, while US-69 turns East and merges with US-160. US-69,US-160 meet with US-69 Alternate (Which is now merged with US-400) near Crestline. SH-96 which continues East from this intersection, turns North and merges with all these highways. US-160 also turns North and merges with the highways.

US-69 Alternate

US-69 Alternate and HR-66 split from regular US-69, South of Picher and West of Quapaw. US-69 Alternate and HR-66 head E-NE through the towns of Quapaw and Baxter Springs. Just before Baxter Spring, US-69 Alternate and HR-66 pass into Kansas from Oklahoma. North of Baxter Springs, US-400 joins the group of highways. West of Riverton, HR-66 heads East, while US-69 and US-400 head North. North of Crestline, US-69 Alternate and US-400 meet US-69 and US-160 from the West and SH-96 from the East. US-69,US-160 merges with US-69 Alternate,US-400, as well as SH-96 turning North and merging with the four(or three) highways. Making the road at this point, US-69,SH-96,US-400,US-160.

Kansas

SH-96 ends at SH-103. US-69,US-400,US-160 continue heading North. East of Cherokee, US-400 splits from the group and heads West toward Cherokee. US-69,US-160 continues heading North. North of Frontenac, US-160 splits from US-69 and heads East towards Lamar and Springfield, Missouri. US-69 continues heading North. South of Fort Scott, US-69 merges with SH-7(Again). In Fort Scott, US-54 merges with US-69,SH-7. The three highways continue heading North. North of town US-54 and SH-7 split from US-69, and head West. US-69 continues to head North. South of Pleasanton, US-69 merges with SH-52. NE of Trading Point SH-52 splits from US-69 and heads East. In the Kansas City Suburbs, US-69 merges with I-35 and US-56. US-56 splits off from the two highways and heads East. A short while later US-69 breaks off from I-35 and heads North. Just past where it splits off, it merges with US-40 and I-70 and heads East. At where the highways pick up US-169, US-69 splits off and heads North. Just before I-635, US-69 crosses into Missouri.

Missouri

US-69 merges with I-635 and then almost immediately exits and merges with SH-9, heading East. A half-mile later, US 69 exits off from SH-9 and heads North. After winding through the suburbs of Kansas City, US-69 merges with I-35 for a second time. US-69 stays merged with I-35 for 7 miles (11 km) before it exits. After exiting the highway immediately merges with SH-33 and heads NE. At the B Hwy, SH-33 heads NNE and US-69 continues heading NE. US-69 stays pretty parallel to I-35 as it heads through Missouri, sometimes passing under it. West of Altamont, US-69 merges with SH-6. The highways turn North and a short while later SH-6 splits from US-69 and heads West, while US-69 continues heading North. SW of Bethany, US-69 merges with US-136 and heads East into town. In downtown Bethany, US-136 heads East, while US-69 heads North. Still paralleling I-35, US-69 passes into Iowa from Missouri 22 miles (35 km) later.

Iowa

In Lamoni, US-69 makes a sharp turn toward the East. West of Leon, US-69 merges with SH-2. In downtown Leon, US-69 heads North, while SH-2 heads East. East of Lake Ahquabi State Park, US-69 merges with US-65. The two highways continue to head North. At SH-5, US-65 heads East on SH-5 and US-69 continues to head North. In Ames, US-69 makes a left turn, then a right turn and continues heading North. East of Clarion, US-69 briefly merges with SH-3. The two highways soon split with SH-3 heading East and US-69 heading North. Near Garner US-69 briefly heads West on US-18, but soons splits off from it and heads North. North of Forest City, US-69 merges with SH-9 and continues heading North. SH-9 soon branches off to the West. Just South of Emmons, US-69 crosses into Minnesota.

Minnesota

US-69 continues heading NE through Southern Minnesota. In Albert Lea, US-69 merges with SH-13. The two highways continue heading North. At I-90, US-69 ends and SH-13 continues North.

History

When it was first commissioned in 1926, US 69 extended only from Leon, Iowa to Kansas City, Missouri. The part in Missouri had been Route 11 since 1922.

Bannered routes

Business loops and spurs

  • Frontenac, Kansas
  • Pittsburg, Kansas
  • Durant, Oklahoma
  • Mc Alester, Oklahoma
  • Checotah, Oklahoma
  • Eufaula, Oklahoma
  • Greenville, Texas
  • Lufkin, Texas

There was also a Business U.S. 69 in Fort Scott, Kansas (about 25 minutes north of the Frontenac, Kansas area), from about 1965 to 1990. Signs from the former Business Route still exist today; however, it no longer officially exists.

See also

Related routes

References

  1. ^ a b Droz, Robert V. U.S. Highways : From US 1 to (US 830). URL accessed 22:46, 20 February 2006 (UTC).
  2. ^ Endpoints of US highways
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