Texas State Highway 56

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State Highway 56

Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length64.468 mi[1] (103.751 km)
ExistedApril 7, 1974[1]–present
Major junctions
West end US 82 near Whitesboro
Major intersections
East end US 82 near Honey Grove
CountryUnited States
Highway system
SH 55 US 57

State Highway 56 (SH 56) is a state highway Grayson and Fannin counties in north-central Texas, United States. This highway was designated in 1974 to replace U.S. Highway 82 (US 82) when it was rerouted north of Whitesboro and Sherman.[2] SH 56 has been extended further since then as the US 82 bypass continued to be extended north of Bonham and Honey Grove.

Through Sherman, SH 56 operates on a pair of one-way streets, Lamar (eastbound) and Houston (westbound).

Route description

SH 56 begins at an intersection with US 82 just outside of Whitesboro. The highway then enters Whitesboro with indirect access to US 377. SH 56 next travels through Southmayd, where it meets SH 289, before entering Sherman. Just east of Farm to Market Road 1417 (FM 1417), the highway splits into a pair of one–way streets, with eastbound traffic traveling on Lamar Street and westbound on Houston Street. SH 56 meets US 75 before entering downtown Sherman. The highway merges back into one street, just before SH 11 before leaving Sherman. SH 56 runs through a generally undeveloped area of Grayson County before entering Bells, where the highway meets US 69. Between Bells and Savoy, SH 56 enters Fannin County. The highway runs through Ector, before entering Bonham where it meets SH 121 and SH 78. SH 56 runs through Dodd City, Windom and Honey Grove before ending at an intersection with US 82.


Historic SH 56

SH 56 was originally designated on August 21, 1923, through the northwestern Panhandle, replacing SH 5D.[3] Construction was completed by September 26, 1939, when the SH 56 designation was dropped in favor of US 54.[4] SH 56 was designated on April 7, 1974, from US 82 southeast to FM 1417. On August 26, 1993, SH 56 was extended east to US 82 at the Lamar County line, its current terminus. Parts were concurrent with US 82 until the US 82 bypass opened.

Major intersections

Grayson US 82 – Gainesville, Sherman
Bus. US 377 (Union Street)

Spur 129 west to US 377 – Denton

FM 901 south
West end of FM 901 overlap

FM 901 north – Sadler
East end of FM 901 overlap
Southmayd SH 289 – Pottsboro, DallasInterchange
Sherman FM 1417 (Heritage Parkway) – Pottsboro, North Texas Regional AirportInterchange
US 75 – Denison, DallasUS 75 exit 58

SH 11 east – Tom Bean

FM 1417 north
Bells US 69 – Denison, Greenville
FanninSavoy FM 1752 – Whitewright
Ector FM 898 – Caddo National Grassland
SH 121 south – McKinney
West end of SH 121 overlap

SH 121 north – Durant
East end of SH 121 overlap
SH 78 – Durant, Leonard
Dodd City
FM 2077 south

FM 897 north
Windom FM 1743

FM 1396 west – Caddo National Grassland
Honey Grove
SH 34 south – Wolfe City
West end of SH 34 overlap

SH 34 north – Caddo National Grassland
East end of SH 34 overlap

FM 824 east
US 82 – Sherman, Paris
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

==See also==* List of state highways in Texas


  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway No. 56". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  2. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "U.S. Highway No. 82". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  3. ^ "Minutes" (PDF). publicdocs.txdot.gov. Texas Department of Transportation. August 21, 1923. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 26, 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2023.
  4. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "U.S. Highway No. 54". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 3, 2016.

External links

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