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Encyclopedia > U.S. Highway 95

US 95 is a north-south United States highway. As the "5" in the route number suggests, it is a border-to-border route. Unlike many other US highways, it has not been the victim of decommissioning by an encroaching Interstate highway corridor.


The modern route of US 95 includes the entire former route of U.S. Highway 630, the shortest signed US route ever, in the form of a rare "spur" route.

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Termini

As of 2004, the highway's northern terminus is in Boundary County, Idaho at the Canadian border, where it continues as British Columbia provincial highway 95. Its southern terminus is in San Luis, Arizona at the Mexican border, where a short spur leads to Mexico Highway 2.


Alternate Routes

As of 2004, US 95 has two alternate routes.


US 95 is one of the few routes with a designated "Spur" route. Spur US 95 runs from US 95 in Weiser, Idaho to a junction with the former route of U.S. Highway 30 (now a state highway) in Washington, a distance of just 3 miles. In 1927, this section of road was signed as U.S. Highway 630, and is said to hold the record as the "shortest signed US highway." It was co-signed for its entire route with US 30N, and in 1933 the US 630 designation was decommissioned. Sometime after 1980, the US 30N designation was itself decommissioned, with this three-mile segment re-christened "Spur US 95".


Alternate US 95 in Nevada has an northern terminus in northern Churchill County. It rejoins US 95 in Schurz. While the main line of US 95 diverges from Interstate 80 at exit 83 and heads due south through Fallon, Alternate US 95 follows I-80 west to Fernley before turning south to Yerington. Alt US 95 then turns due east to rejoin the main line. Part of Alt US 95 is shared with Alt US 50 in a 30-mile triangle in the Nevada desert.


States Traversed

The highway passes through the following states:

Related US Routes

Sources

  • Endpoints of US highways: U.S. Highway 95 (http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite%2FFalls%2F3369/HwyEnds/End095/end095.htm) and U.S. Highway 630 (http://www.geocities.com/usend3039/End630/end630.htm) (used with permission)

External link

  • Photographic virtual tour of U.S. Highway 95. (http://www.UntraveledRoad.com/Categories/Highways/USHighway95.htm)

 
 

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