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U.S. Route 77 is a north-south United States highway. It is unsigned in and around Dallas, Texasmarker. Its historic segment through South Dakotamarker and Minnesotamarker was decommissioned with the advent of Interstate 29 but otherwise the route has been spared the decommissioning that has shortened other US highways. The route has major freeway sections in Oklahoma Citymarker including the Broadway Extension connecting suburban Edmondmarker to downtown Oklahoma City.

As of 2005, the highway's northern terminus is in Sioux City, Iowamarker at an interchange with Interstate 29. Its southern terminus is in Brownsville, Texasmarker, at Veteran's International Bridgemarker on the U.S.-Mexico border, where it connects with Mexican Federal Highway 180.

Route description

Major cities


Texas

The section between the Oklahoma-Texasmarker state line and Waco, Texasmarker is mostly co-located with Interstate 35 and the 35E spur through Dallas, Texasmarker and, where it is co-located, it is not signed.

The two stretches in Texas that are not co-located are a stretch wholly within the city of Dentonmarker and a longer stretch from near Red Oakmarker, to Hillsboromarker, the reason being that US 77 is a separate road between the two, serving the town of Waxahachiemarker.

As of 2004, US 77 Alternate has a northern terminus in Hallettsville, Texasmarker. It rejoins US 77 at Refugio, Texasmarker. While the main line of US 77 passes through Victoriamarker, Alternate US 77 veers to the west to serve Yoakummarker and Cueromarker.

The southern end overlaps U.S. Highway 83 and is a newly completed expressway through the cities of Harlingenmarker, San Benitomarker and Brownsvillemarker to its southern terminus at the United States/Mexico border.

Oklahoma

In Oklahoma, U.S. Route 77 runs north-south, paralleling Interstate 35, connecting Texas to Kansas and running for through the central part of the state. It passes through many major cities, including Ardmoremarker, Oklahoma Citymarker and Normanmarker, Guthriemarker, and Ponca Citymarker. It has a freeway section, the Broadway Extension, connecting to Edmondmarker, in addition to sections that are co-flagged with Interstate-35, and Interstate-235.

Kansas

US-77 runs for in Kansas. Between the U.S. 40 junction and the Cowley County line is designated as a Blue Star Memorial Highway. In Cowley County, it is the Robert B. Docking Memorial Highway. Near Arkansas Citymarker it is the Walnut Valley Greenway.

From Nebraska to U.S. 24 and from K-15 to Arkansas City, it is part of the National Highway System.

Nebraska

In Nebraska, U.S. 77 is a major north-south artery connecting the capital city of Lincolnmarker with outlying areas to the north and south. The highway is designated as the Homestead Expressway from Beatricemarker to Interstate 80 at Lincoln. North of Interstate 80, U.S. 77 continues as an expressway to Wahoomarker, where it becomes a two-lane undivided road. It remains a two-lane highway except for two sections near Fremontmarker, which are four-lane divided highways. The expressway north of Fremont is shared with U.S. Route 275 and Nebraska Highway 91. U.S. 275 and NE 91 separate from U.S. 77 just south of Winslow, Nebraskamarker and U.S. 77 continues north as a two-lane highway until it meets U.S. Route 75 at Winnebagomarker. The two highways run together to the junction of Interstate 129 and U.S. Route 20 at Dakota Citymarker, where U.S. 75 breaks off and U.S. 77 continues northward as a divided highway through South Sioux Citymarker before exiting the state.

Iowa

U.S. 77 barely enters Iowa. After crossing the Missouri Rivermarker at Sioux Citymarker, the highway ends at its junction with Interstate 29. Its total length in Iowa is slightly more than one-quarter mile.
US 77 ends just into Iowa.


County Location Mile Destinations Notes
Woodburymarker Sioux Citymarker 0.0 Southern terminus in Iowa.
0.28 , Sioux Fallsmarker Northern terminus. Route continues as Wesley Parkway


History

U.S. 77 previously extended north through South Dakota to Ortonville, Minnesotamarker. It followed the current Interstate 29 corridor up to the Toronto, South Dakotamarker area, and then followed current South Dakota Highway 15 north to Milbank, South Dakotamarker. After reaching Milbank, it went east in a concurrency with U.S. Route 12 to Ortonville, where it ended at U.S. Route 75. Portions of the old highway in the Sioux Fallsmarker area exist today as South Dakota Highway 115.

See also

Related U.S. Routes

Bannered and suffexed routes



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