U.S. Route 83 in Texas

U.S. Route 83 In Texas

In the U.S. state of Texas, U.S. Highway 83, dedicated as the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway, is a U.S. Highway that begins at US 77 (Future Interstate 69E) 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 north-south highway in Texas, and the second longest overall (behind Interstate 10).

In the Lower Rio Grande Valley, US-83 is a freeway that is at or close to interstate standards from Brownsville to Penitas. In May 2013, the Texas Department of Transportation applied to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials for this 48-mile section to be designated as Interstate 2. After an initial disapproval of the application by the Special Committee on Route Numbering, the I-2 designation was conditionally approved by the AASHTO Board of Directors, pending concurrence by the Federal Highway Administration.

Read more about U.S. Route 83 In Texas:  Route Description, Junction List

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