Texas State Highway 29

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State Highway 29
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Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length 143.3 mi [1] (230.6 km)
Existed before 1939 – present
Major junctions
West end US 83.svg US 83 near Menard
 

US 377.svg US 377 in Mason
US 87.svg US 87 in Mason
US 281.svg US 281 in Burnet
US 183.svg US 183 in Liberty Hill
I-35.svg I-35 in Georgetown

Contents

Toll Texas 130 new.svg SH 130 Toll in Georgetown
East end Texas 95.svg SH 95 near Taylor
Location
Counties Menard, Mason, Llano, Burnet, Williamson
Highway system
Texas 28.svg SH 28 SH 30 Texas 30.svg

State Highway 29, or SH 29, runs from 3.0 miles (4.8 km) south of Menard, Texas, east to SH 95 in Circleville (6.0 miles north of Taylor) via Mason, Llano, Burnet, Liberty Hill, and Georgetown in central Texas, United States.

Menard, Texas City in Texas, United States

Menard is a city in and the county seat of Menard County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,653 at the 2000 census.

Taylor, Texas City in Texas, United States

Taylor is a city in Williamson County, Texas, United States. The population was 13,575 at the 2000 census; it was 15,191 at the 2010 census.

Mason, Texas City in Texas, United States

Mason is the seat of Mason County, Texas, United States. The town is an agricultural community on Comanche Creek southwest of Mason Mountain, on the Edwards Plateau and part of the Llano Uplift. The population was 2,114 at the 2010 census.

In Georgetown, SH 29 is known as University Avenue and is the main eastwest artery through the city, passing in front of Southwestern University, which has been on the same road since its Georgetown campus opened in 1873.

Southwestern University is a private, not-for-profit, liberal arts college in Georgetown, Texas. Formed in 1873 from a revival of collegiate charters granted in 1840, Southwestern is the oldest university in Texas. The school used to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church with a nonsectarian curriculum. Southwestern offers 40 bachelor's degrees in the arts, sciences, fine arts, and music as well as interdisciplinary and pre-professional programs. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Association of Schools of Music.

An open house meeting at East View High School in Georgetown was held on September 1, 2015. The meeting's purpose was to review the upcoming plans on widening SH 29 from 2 lanes (80 ft.) to 6 lanes (160 ft.). Construction will not start until after the Summer of 2016 and will occur from Southwestern Blvd extending all the way to Hwy 95 in Circleville, TX.

Previous routes

Historic SH 29 Old Texas 29.svg
Historic SH 29

SH 29 was proposed on October 8, 1917 on a route from Port O'Connor to Austin. [2] On August 21, 1923, the section from Port Lavaca to Port O'Connor was cancelled. On January 21, 1924, SH 29 extended to Mason, replacing part of SH 43. [3] On July 27, 1926, SH 29 extended back to Port O'Connor. On January 17, 1928, SH 29 extended to Rocksprings. [4] On October 25, 1932, the south end was shortened to Junction. [5] On February 14, 1933, it extended back to Rocksprings. [6] On June 20, 1933, the south end was truncated to north of Cuero, with the portion south of there transferred to SH 27. [7] , On March 19, 1934, SH 29 was extended through Goliad to Refugio, ending near Gregory, replacing SH 190 and part of SH 119. [8] On July 17, 1934, SH 29 was rerouted to end in Karnes City, replacing part of SH 80 and part of SH 112. On November 27, 1934, SH 29 Spur was created in Goliad. [9] On January 19, 1935, it was rerouted back to Refugio over part of SH 80. The old route was transferred back to SH 80 and SH 112. [10] On February 28, 1935, SH 29 Spur in Goliad was taken over. [11] On July 15, 1935, the sections from Cuero to SH 119 and La Bahia Mission to Gregory were cancelled. [12] On January 21, 1936, the section from Cuero to SH 119 was restored. [13] On November 23, 1937, the section from La Bahia Mission to Gregory was restored. [14] On September 26, 1939, SH 29 Spur was renumbered as Spur 71. On May 23, 1951, the stretch from Liberty Hill to Gregory was reassigned to U.S. Highway 183, and the section from Mason to Rocksprings was reassigned to U.S. Highway 377. On August 22, 1951, SH 29 was extended farther east along former SH 104 from Liberty Hill to Circleville, and was also extended west from Mason along former SH 151 to Eldorado. By 1966, SH 29 had been signed along part of RM 33, all of RM 1980, FM 1257, and part of FM 305 to I-10. On June 30, 1977, the section from Menard to Eldorado, along with the signed section west of Eldorado, was redesignated U.S. Highway 190. In December 1985, SH 29 lost its 3 miles concurrent with US 83 into Menard, shortening SH 29 to its current designation.

Port OConnor, Texas Census-designated place in Texas, United States

Port O'Connor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Calhoun County, Texas, United States, near the Gulf coastline between Galveston and Corpus Christi. The CDP had a population of 1,253 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Victoria, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Austin, Texas State capital city in Texas, United States

Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County, with portions extending into Hays and Williamson counties. It is the 11th-most populous city in the United States and the 4th-most populous city in Texas. It is also the fastest growing large city in the United States, the second most populous state capital after Phoenix, Arizona, and the southernmost state capital in the contiguous United States. As of the U.S. Census Bureau's July 1, 2017 estimate, Austin had a population of 950,715 up from 790,491 at the 2010 census. The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan statistical area, which had an estimated population of 2,115,827 as of July 1, 2017. Located in Central Texas within the greater Texas Hill Country, it is home to numerous lakes, rivers, and waterways, including Lady Bird Lake and Lake Travis on the Colorado River, Barton Springs, McKinney Falls, and Lake Walter E. Long.

Port Lavaca, Texas City in Texas, United States

Port Lavaca is a city in Calhoun County, located in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 12,248 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Calhoun County and part of the Victoria, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area. Port Lavaca is 130 miles (210 km) southwest of Houston.

Historic SH 29A TexasHistSH29A.png
Historic SH 29A

SH 29A was a proposed spur route designated on March 19, 1919, splitting at Luling and travelling northwest through San Marcos to Johnson City. [15] On August 21, 1923, it had been renumbered SH 80, which the west end was shortened to end in San Marcos. [16] It was reassigned on a new spur route from Mason to Menard. On March 19, 1930, this had been renumbered as SH 151.

Luling, Texas City in Texas, United States

Luling is a city in Caldwell and Guadalupe counties, Texas, United States, along the San Marcos River. The population, as of the 2010 census, was 5,411, and the population was estimated at 5,764 in 2015. The town was named after a New York banker, Charles Luling. He was a personal friend of Thomas Wentworth Pierce, and provided the financing for the railroad as well the purchase of the land that became Luling. The Caldwell County portion of Luling is part of the Austin metropolitan area.

San Marcos, Texas City

San Marcos is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos metropolitan area. It is on the Interstate 35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio and is the seat of Hays County. Its limits extend into Caldwell and Guadalupe counties, as well. Its population was 44,894 at the 2010 census and was an estimated 61,980 in 2016.

Johnson City, Texas City in Texas, United States

Johnson City is a city in Blanco County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,656 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Blanco County.

SH 29B was a proposed spur route designated on January 15, 1923 from Cuero to San Antonio. [17] On August 21, 1923, it had been renumbered SH 81, which extended northwest to Bandera over part of SH 27. [18]

Cuero, Texas City in Texas, United States

Cuero is a city in DeWitt County, Texas, United States. The population was 6,841 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of DeWitt County. It is unofficially known as the "turkey capital of the world". In 2010, Cuero was named one of the "Coolest Small Towns in America" by Budget Travel magazine.

Texas State Highway 81 highway in Texas

State Highway 81 is a Texas state highway that runs from Hillsboro to Grandview. It was designated in 1991 to replace U.S. Highway 81, which was decommissioned south of Fort Worth.

Bandera, Texas City in Texas, United States

Bandera is the county seat of Bandera County, Texas, United States, in the Texas Hill Country, which is part of the Edwards Plateau. The population was 857 at the 2010 census. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Route description

US 83 to Burnet

SH 29 begins at an interchange with US 83 south of Menard. SH 29 travels east to Mason, where it begins an overlap with US 377 west of town. The two highways travel into town together where at US 87 SH 29 separates from US 377 and heads south on US 87 for about 1/4 mile before separating and heading east towards Llano. West of Llano, SH 29 begins an overlap with SH 71 that lasts until SH 16 in Llano. Leaving Llano, SH 29 travels on the south side of Buchanan Lake traveling near the Buchanan Dam. Less than a mile after the dam, SH 29 crosses the Colorado River/Inks Lake. The highway then heads towards Burnet, where it intersects US 281.

U.S. Route 83 in Texas highway in Texas

U.S. Highway 83 (US 83), dedicated as the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway, is a U.S. Highway in the U.S. state of Texas that begins at US 77 in Brownsville and follows the Rio Grande to Laredo, then heads north through Abilene to the Oklahoma border north of Perryton, the seat of Ochiltree County. It is the longest highway in Texas at a length of about 895 miles (1,440 km), besting the east–west I-10, which has a length of 879 miles (1,415 km).

U.S. Route 87 in Texas highway in Texas

In the U.S. state of Texas, U.S. Highway 87 is a north–south U.S. Highway that begins near the Gulf Coast in Port Lavaca, Texas and heads north through San Antonio, Lubbock, Amarillo, and Dalhart to the New Mexico border near Texline.

Llano, Texas City in Texas, United States

Llano is a city in Llano County, Texas, in the United States. As of 2010, the city population was 3,232. It is the county seat of Llano County.

Burnet to SH 95

Leaving Burnet, SH 29 travels through the towns of Bertram and Liberty Hill before intersecting US 183 at Seward Junction north of Leander. SH 29 then arrives in Georgetown, where it intersects I-35 and serves as the south boundary for Southwestern University. On the east side of town, SH 29 intersects SH 130 then travels through unincorporated Williamson County before ending at SH 95 north of Taylor.

Junction list

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
Menard US 83.svg US 83  Junction, Menard Western terminus; Interchange
Texas FM 2092.svg FM 2092 west Menard
Hext Texas RM 1221.svg RM 1221 south London
Texas FM 1311.svg FM 1311 north
Mason Texas RM 1222.svg RM 1222 north Brady
US 377.svg US 377 south Junction West end of US 377 overlap
Mason US 87.svgUS 377.svg US 87 north / US 377 north Brady East end of US 377 overlap; West end of US 87 overlap
US 87.svgTexas RM 1871.svg US 87 south / RM 1871 south Fredericksburg East end of US 87 overlap
Texas RM 386.svg RM 386 north Fredonia
Texas RM 1900.svg RM 1900 north
Llano Texas RM 2768.svg RM 2768 south Castell
Texas 71.svg SH 71 west Brady West end of SH 71 overlap
Llano Texas 16.svgTexas 71.svg SH 16 / SH 71 east Comanche, Fredericksburg, Marble Falls East end of SH 71 overlap
Texas RM 2241.svg RM 2241 north Paradise Point
Texas RM 1431.svg RM 1431  Paradise Point, Marble Falls
Texas 261.svg SH 261 north Paradise Point
 Bridge over Colorado River/Inks Lake
Burnet Texas RM 690.svg RM 690 north
Texas Park Road 4.svg PR 4 south Inks Lake State Park, Longhorn Cavern State Park
Texas RM 2341.svg RM 2341 west
Burnet US 281.svg US 281  Lampasas, Marble Falls
Bertram Texas RM 243.svg RM 243 southWest end of RM 243 overlap
Texas RM 243.svgTexas RM 1174.svg RM 243 north / RM 1174 north (Grange Street) Florence East end of RM 243 overlap; West end of RM 1174 overlap
Texas RM 1174.svg RM 1174 south Balcones Canyonlands East end of RM 1174 overlap
Williamson Liberty Hill Texas Loop 332.svg Loop 332 east Liberty Hill
Texas RM 1869.svg RM 1869  Balcones Canyonlands
Texas Loop 332.svg Loop 332 west Liberty Hill
US 183.svg US 183  Lampasas, Austin
Georgetown I-35.svg I-35  Belton, Austin I-35 exit 261.
Business Loop 35.svg BL I-35 (Austin Avenue)
Toll Texas 130 new.svg SH 130 Toll  Austin-Bergstrom International Airport SH 130 exit 415.
Jonah Texas FM 1660.svg FM 1660 south Hutto
Texas 95.svg SH 95  Temple, Taylor
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Texas State Highway 29 is mentioned in Doug Supernaw's song "State Fair" where the narrator describes his cousin getting killed by a drunk driver on "route 29"

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