U.S. Route 80 in Texas

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U.S. Highway 80

US 80 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length155.251 mi[1][a] (249.852 km)
HistoryContinued into New Mexico prior to 1991.
Major junctions
West endI-30 (TX).svgUS 67.svg I-30/US 67 in Dallas
I-635 (TX).svg I-635 in Mesquite
Spur 557 near Terrell
US 69.svg US 69 in Mineola
US 271.svg US 271 in Gladewater
US 259.svg US 259 in Longview
I-369 (Future).svgUS 59.svg Future I-369/US 59 in Marshall
I-20 (TX).svg I-20
East endUS 80.svg US 80 at Louisiana state line
CountryUnited States
CountiesDallas, Kaufman, Van Zandt, Smith, Wood, Upshur, Gregg, Harrison
Highway system
SH 79 SH 80

U.S. Route 80 (also known as U.S. Highway 80 and US 80) is a U.S. highway that begins in the state of Texas in Dallas at an interchange with I-30. US 80 runs in an east–west direction for most of its length from Dallas to Louisiana. Before the advent of the Interstate Highway System, US 80 through Texas was once a vital link in a major transcontinental highway with the national western terminus being in San Diego, California rather than Dallas. Since 1991, most of US 80 in Texas has been decommissioned in favor of I-10, I-20 and I-30 between the New Mexico state line and its current western terminus.


The current route of US 80 in Texas is significantly shorter than it was when the highway was first commissioned in 1927.[1] The highway in Texas used to run from the New Mexico state line, near El Paso, to the Louisiana state line, via Pecos, Odessa, Abilene, Weatherford, Fort Worth, Dallas, Longview and Marshall.[2] Nationally, US 80 ran from Savannah, Georgia to San Diego, California, being a major transcontinental highway. Beginning in the 1950s, much of the highway was bypassed/replaced by the Interstate Highway System.[3] US 80 has been replaced by I-10 from New Mexico to I-20, southwest of Pecos. The rest of the highway has been replaced by I-20 and I-30 from Pecos to Louisiana.[4][5] Replacement by the Interstates made US 80 an obsolete highway to the southwestern states. Between 1964 and 1989, US 80 was decommissioned entirely within California, Arizona and all of New Mexico outside of Anthony (which is located near the Texas state line). In 1991, the remainder of US 80 in both New Mexico and Texas west of Dallas was decommissioned, bringing the national western terminus to its current location. The old highway west of Dallas has since been replaced by local roads and state highways.[3]

Route description

US Route 80 over Trinity River

The current highway begins as a freeway at I-30 (also unsigned US 67) in Dallas, almost in Mesquite. The freeway continues east into Mesquite where it meets I-635 at a stack interchange. East of I-635, the US 80 freeway serves as the northern terminus of SH 352, the main highway into downtown Mesquite. Bisecting Samuell Park, US 80 enters Sunnyvale, then crosses into Kaufman County.[6][7] The freeway makes a curve to the southeast, skirting the town of Forney. US 80 is the main highway and only freeway serving the town. Though there is no business loop through Forney proper, FM 688, which runs the entire length of Broad Street through town, serves a similar function.[8][9] On the outskirts of Terrell, US 80 leaves the freeway and becomes a four lane divided highway known as Moore Avenue, intersecting SH 205 on the western edge of town, then SH 34 Bus. and SH 34 in the center of Terrell.[7][10] The remainder of the freeway between Terrell and I-20 makes up the full route of Spur 557.[11] The entire US 80/Spur 557 freeway was a section of I-20 until 1987, when the Interstate was moved onto a new freeway through Lawson and Heartland.[5][8][11] A pair of frontage roads services the entire US 80 segment of the freeway, except for a small area west of Forney, where US 80 crosses a bridge over the East Fork Trinity River.[6][7]

In Terrell, US 80 serves as the major east–west highway in the town, passing through the town square. US 80 leaves Terrell serving smaller communities, such as Elmo. US 80 intersects SH 19 east of Edgewood. The highway runs in mostly a straight line from Terrell to Mineola, where it intersects US 69 about 30 miles north of Tyler.[7]

US 80 leaves Mineola running in a slight southeast direction towards Longview. From here, the highway turns in a slight northeast direction traveling into Marshall. The highway soon overlaps I-20, leaving the interstate to serve the community of Waskom. The two highways cross into Louisiana, parallel with each other traveling to Shreveport.[7]

Major intersections

DallasDallas0.00.0 I-30 (US 67) / Loop 12 (Buckner Boulevard)I-30 exit 53B eastbound; no access from I-30 west to US 80 east
Mesquite0.50.80Big Town BoulevardSigned as exit 54 eastbound
1.32.1Town East Boulevard
2.54.0 Galloway Avenue / Gross Road / Gus Thomasson RoadAccess to Dallas Regional Medical Center
3.15.0 I-635I-635 exit 6
4.87.7 Belt Line RoadAccess to Dallas Regional Medical Center
Sunnyvale6.19.8 SH 352 (Collins Road)Access to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Sunnyvale
8.413.5East Fork Road
county line
9.515.3Lawson RoadEastbound exit and entrance
KaufmanForney11.218.0 FM 460 (Clements Drive)
12.219.6 FM 688 (Broad Street) / FM 740 (Pinson Road)
13.922.4 FM 548
15.424.8County Road 212 / Reeder Road
16.526.6Gateway Boulevard
17.428.0Windmill Farms Boulevard

Spur 557 east to I-20 – Shreveport
interchange; east end of freeway
FM 1392 north

SH 205 north / FM 148 south – Rockwall, Crandall
FM 986 north (Rockwall Avenue)

Bus. SH 34 (Virginia Street) to I-20 / SH 34
Spur 87 north (Dellis Street) – Terrell State Hospital
FM 429 north – Lake Tawakoni
West end of FM 429 overlap
FM 429 south – College Mound
East end of FM 429 overlap

FM 2728 south to FM 429
West end of FM 2728 overlap

FM 2728 north to FM 429
East end of FM 2728 overlap
Van ZandtWills Point39.663.7

FM 2965 south to I-20
40.465.0 FM 47 (Fourth Street) – Lake Tawakoni, Mabank
SH 64 east – Canton
FM 1504 south
47.776.8 FM 859 – Downtown, Canton
50.681.4 SH 19 – Emory, Canton
Grand Saline58.293.7

SH 110 south / FM 17 south (Main Street) – Van, Canton
West end of FM 17 overlap
FM 17 north – Lake Fork
East end of FM 17 overlap
FM 857 east – Sand Flat, Alba
Silver Lake64.9104.4
FM 1255 west – Canton
FM 1253 south – Jamestown
FM 1799 north – Lake Holbrook, Golden

Loop 564 east (truck route) to US 69 north / SH 37 north
US 69 (Pacific Street) to SH 37
FM 1801 east (Mimosa Street)
Loop 564 (truck route) to FM 1801
FM 2422 south
FM 1804 south – Lindale
FM 1801 west
FM 3056 north
FM 778 north – Hainesville
FM 2869 north – Holly Lake Ranch, Fouke, Lake Hawkins
Hawkins88.8142.9 FM 14 – Holly Lake Ranch, Tyler
FM 2659 west
UpshurBig Sandy93.6150.6
SH 155 south – Tyler
West end of SH 155 overlap
SH 155 north (North Tyler Street) – Gilmer
East end of SH 155 overlap
FM 2685 north
Gregg105.4169.6 US 271 (truck route) – Gilmer, Kilgore, Tyler
Loop 485 (truck route) to US 271
White Oak110.3177.5
FM 3272 north
SH 42 south – Kilgore
Longview114.1183.6 Loop 281 – UTT Longview, Texas Baptist College, LeTourneau University, East Texas Regional Airport
FM 1845 north (Pine Tree Road) / Cherokee Street
SH 300 north (Gilmer Road) – Gilmer

SH 31 west / Spur 63 north – Kilgore, Tyler
Spur 502 north (North High Street) – Kilgore College
FM 2208 east (Alpine Street)
US 259 / SH 149 south (Eastman Road)
Loop 281 to I-20
FM 450 (Central Street) to I-20 – Harleton
FM 968 west
FM 3379 east
Loop 390 (Ernest Smith Parkway / M.L. King Jr. Boulevard) to US 59
FM 1997 north (Grove Street) – East Texas Baptist University, Wiley College
141.0226.9 US 59 / SH 43 (East End Boulevard North) – Texas State Technical College
FM 1998 east – Scottsville
Loop 390 north (Ernest F. Smith Parkway) – Jefferson
Future Interstate 369[12]
147.9238.0 FM 2199 – Scottsville
I-20 west – Dallas
West end of I-20 overlap; US 80 west follows exit 628

I-20 east / FM 134 north to FM 9 – Shreveport, Caddo Lake, Jonesville
East end of I-20 overlap; US 80 east follows exit 633
FM 9 south – Panola
West end of FM 9 overlap
FM 9 north
East end of FM 9 overlap

Spur 156 south to I-20
US 80 east – Greenwood, Shreveport
Louisiana state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related Routes


  1. ^ The certified mileage given is shorter than the actual mileage as TxDOT considers US 80 to be discontinuous rather than concurrent with I-20 between Marshall and Waskom.


  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "U.S. Highway No. 80". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  2. ^ Jensen, Jeff (2018). Drive the Broadway of America!: Your Travel Guide to the US 80 and Bankhead Highways Across Texas. Huntsville, AL: Bygone Byways. ISBN 9780978625917.
  3. ^ a b Weingroff, Richard F. (October 17, 2013). "U.S. Route 80: The Dixie Overland Highway". Highway History. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Public Roads Administration (August 14, 1957). Official Route Numbering for the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways as Adopted by the American Association of State Highway Officials (Map). Scale not given. Washington, DC: Public Roads Administration. Retrieved April 4, 2012 – via Wikimedia Commons.
  5. ^ a b Google (December 4, 2018). "Road Map of Texas" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2018). Texas County Mapbook (PDF) (Map) (2018 ed.). 1:72,224. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 666. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Google (December 4, 2018). "Road Map of US 80 in Texas" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Farm to Market Road No. 688". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  9. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2018). Texas County Mapbook (PDF) (Map) (2018 ed.). 1:72,224. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 667. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (2018). Texas County Mapbook (PDF) (Map) (2018 ed.). 1:72,224. Texas Department of Transportation. p. 709. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway Spur No. 557". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  12. ^ Texas Department of Transportation. "I-69 System (I-369) Harrison County/Marshall Route Study" (PDF). Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 2, 2018.

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