State Highway 29, or SH 29, runs from 3.0 miles (4.8 km) south of Menard, Texas, east to SH 95 in Circleville (6.0 miles north of Taylor) via Mason, Llano, Burnet, Liberty Hill, and Georgetown in central Texas, United States.
In Georgetown, SH 29 is known as University Avenue and is the main east–west artery through the city, passing in front of Southwestern University, which has been on the same road since its Georgetown campus opened in 1873.
An open house meeting at East View High School in Georgetown was held on September 1, 2015. The meeting's purpose was to review the upcoming plans on widening SH 29 from 2 lanes (80 ft.) to 6 lanes (160 ft.). Construction will not start until after the Summer of 2016 and will occur from Southwestern Blvd extending all the way to Hwy 95 in Circleville, TX.
State Highway 29
|Maintained by TxDOT|
|Length||143.3 mi (230.6 km)|
|West end||US 83 near Menard|
| US 377 in Mason|
SH 130 Toll in Georgetown
|East end||SH 95 near Taylor|
|Counties||Menard, Mason, Llano, Burnet, Williamson|
SH 29 was proposed on October 8, 1917 on a route from Port O'Connor to Austin. On August 21, 1923, the section from Port Lavaca to Port O'Connor was cancelled. On January 21, 1924, SH 29 extended to Mason, replacing the section of SH 43 from Leander to Mason and SH 29 extended on a new route from Austin to Leander. On July 27, 1926, SH 29 extended back to Port O'Connor. On January 17, 1928, SH 29 extended to Rocksprings. On October 25, 1932, the southwest end was shortened to Junction. On February 14, 1933, it extended back to Rocksprings. On June 20, 1933, the southeast end was truncated to north of Cuero, with the portion southeast of there transferred to SH 27., On March 13, 1934, SH 29 was extended through Goliad to Refugio, ending near Gregory, replacing SH 190 and part of SH 119. On July 17, 1934, SH 29 was rerouted to end in Karnes City, replacing part of SH 80 and part of SH 112. On November 27, 1934, SH 29 Spur was created in Goliad. On January 19, 1935, it was rerouted back to Refugio over part of SH 80. The old route was transferred back to SH 80 and SH 112. On February 28, 1935, SH 29 Spur in Goliad was taken over. On July 15, 1935, the sections from Cuero to SH 119 and La Bahia Mission to Gregory were cancelled. On January 21, 1936, the section from Cuero to SH 119 was restored. On November 23, 1937, the section from La Bahia Mission to Gregory was restored. On September 26, 1939, SH 29 Spur was renumbered as Spur 71. On May 23, 1951, the stretch from Liberty Hill to Gregory was reassigned to U.S. Highway 183, and the section from Mason to Rocksprings was reassigned to U.S. Highway 377. On August 22, 1951, SH 29 was extended farther east along former SH 104 from Liberty Hill to Circleville, and was also extended west from Mason along former SH 151 to Eldorado. By 1966, SH 29 had been signed along part of RM 33, all of RM 1980, FM 1257, and part of FM 305 to I-10. On June 30, 1977, the section from Menard to Eldorado, along with the signed section west of Eldorado, was redesignated U.S. Highway 190. In December 1985, SH 29 lost its 3 miles concurrent with US 83 into Menard, shortening SH 29 to its current designation.
SH 29A was a proposed spur route designated on March 19, 1919, splitting at Luling and travelling northwest through San Marcos to Johnson City. On August 21, 1923, it had been renumbered SH 80, which the west end was shortened to end in San Marcos. SH 29A was under a feasibility study from Mason to Menard on February 20, 1928. On June 22, 1928, the feasibility study was completed, and SH 29A was designated. On March 19, 1930, this had been renumbered as SH 151.
SH 29B was a proposed spur route designated on January 15, 1923 from Cuero to San Antonio. On August 21, 1923, it had been renumbered SH 81, which extended northwest to Bandera over part of SH 27.
SH 29 begins at an interchange with US 83 south of Menard. SH 29 travels east to Mason, where it begins an overlap with US 377 west of town. The two highways travel into town together where at US 87 SH 29 separates from US 377 and heads south on US 87 for about 1/4 mile before separating and heading east towards Llano. West of Llano, SH 29 begins an overlap with SH 71 that lasts until SH 16 in Llano. Leaving Llano, SH 29 travels on the south side of Buchanan Lake traveling near the Buchanan Dam. Less than a mile after the dam, SH 29 crosses the Colorado River/Inks Lake. The highway then heads towards Burnet, where it intersects US 281.
Leaving Burnet, SH 29 travels through the towns of Bertram and Liberty Hill before intersecting US 183 at Seward Junction north of Leander. SH 29 then arrives in Georgetown, where it intersects I-35 and serves as the south boundary for Southwestern University. On the east side of town, SH 29 intersects SH 130 then travels through unincorporated Williamson County before ending at SH 95 north of Taylor.
|Menard||||US 83 – Junction, Menard||Western terminus; Interchange|
|||FM 2092 west – Menard|
|Hext||RM 1221 south – London|
|||FM 1311 north|
|Mason||||RM 1222 north – Brady|
|||US 377 south – Junction||West end of US 377 overlap|
|Mason||US 87 north / US 377 north – Brady||East end of US 377 overlap; West end of US 87 overlap|
|US 87 south / RM 1871 south – Fredericksburg||East end of US 87 overlap|
|RM 386 north – Fredonia|
|||RM 1900 north|
|Llano||||RM 2768 south – Castell|
|||SH 71 west – Brady||West end of SH 71 overlap|
|Llano||SH 16 / SH 71 east – Comanche, Fredericksburg, Marble Falls||East end of SH 71 overlap|
|||RM 2241 north – Paradise Point|
|||RM 1431 – Paradise Point, Marble Falls|
|||SH 261 north – Paradise Point|
|Bridge over Colorado River/Inks Lake|
|Burnet||||RM 690 north|
|||PR 4 south – Inks Lake State Park, Longhorn Cavern State Park|
|||RM 2341 west|
|Burnet||US 281 – Lampasas, Marble Falls|
|Bertram||RM 243 south||West end of RM 243 overlap|
|RM 243 north / RM 1174 north (Grange Street) – Florence||East end of RM 243 overlap; West end of RM 1174 overlap|
|RM 1174 south – Balcones Canyonlands||East end of RM 1174 overlap|
|Williamson||Liberty Hill||Loop 332 east – Liberty Hill|
|RM 1869 – Balcones Canyonlands|
|Loop 332 west – Liberty Hill|
|US 183 – Lampasas, Austin|
|Georgetown||I-35 – Belton, Austin||I-35 exit 261.|
|BL I-35 (Austin Avenue)|
|SH 130 Toll – Austin-Bergstrom International Airport||SH 130 exit 415.|
|Jonah||FM 1660 south – Hutto|
|||SH 95 – Temple, Taylor|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
Texas State Highway 29 is mentioned in Doug Supernaw's song "State Fair" where the narrator describes his cousin getting killed by a drunk driver on "route 29"
The Buchanan Dam () is a multiple arch dam located on the Colorado River of Texas. The dam forms Lake Buchanan and was the first dam to be completed in the chain of Texas Highland Lakes. The dam is used for generating hydroelectric power and for flood control and is located about 12 miles (19 km) west of Burnet, Texas.Inks Dam
Inks Dam was constructed from 1936 to 1938 and forms Inks Lake, one of the seven Texas Highland Lakes. The dam is located at 30.7307 -98.3842 about 10 miles (16 km) west-southwest of Burnet, Texas. It was constructed to provide hydroelectric power, and helps buffer the large changes in water flow Buchanan Dam, 3 miles (5 km) upstream, tends to produce. It is the smallest dam in the Texas Highland Lakes chain, and is the only one that does not have floodgates. Water passes through the hydroelectric turbines or over the spillway.Mason, Texas
Mason is a city in, and the county seat of, Mason County, Texas, United States. The city is an agricultural community on Comanche Creek southwest of Mason Mountain, on the Edwards Plateau and part of the Llano Uplift. The population was 2,114 at the 2010 census.