Ranch to Market Road 2222

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Ranch to Market Road 2222 marker

Ranch to Market Road 2222
Route information
Length: 10.844 mi[1] (17.452 km)
Existed: 1954 – present
Major junctions
Northwest end: RM 620
 

Loop 360

Loop 1
Southeast end: Spur 69 at Lamar Boulevard
Highway system
FM 2221 FM 2223

Ranch to Market Road 2222 (RM 2222) is a 10.8-mile (17.4 km) state-maintained roadway located in Travis County, Texas.[1]

History[edit]

RM 2222 originally terminated at the (then) Austin city limits; it was expanded to its current termination point at Lamar Boulevard in 1957.[1]

In the late 1980s, the city of Austin developed plans to expand RM 2222 into an east–west freeway, connecting with US 290. The plans were rejected in the 1990s, citing adverse effects on the environment and existing neighborhoods.[2]

In 1995, the designation of RM 2222 was changed to Urban Road 2222 (UR 2222),[3] although—as with all Urban Roads—no signage changes have been made.

Route description[edit]

RM 2222 begins at an intersection with RM 620 in west Austin in the Four Points neighborhood. Northwest of RM 620, the road is called Bullick Hollow Road and continues to the east side of Lake Travis. RM 2222 proceeds southeast from RM 620 for 5.2 miles (8.4 km) to intersect Loop 360. This section of road is a four-lane, lightly developed Texas Hill Country road. It includes Tumbleweed Hill, a half-mile ten-percent gradient hill.[4] City Park Road, leading to the Emma Long Metropolitan Park at Lake Austin, is accessible from RM 2222 just west of Loop 360.

After crossing Loop 360, RM 2222 continues southeast 3.6 miles (5.8 km) to Loop 1 (Mopac Boulevard). This section is a winding, scenic four-lane road built into the cliffs over Lake Austin. As RM 2222 approaches Loop 1, it enters a more heavily developed residential area.

After crossing Loop 1, RM 2222 continues southeast 2.1 miles (3.4 km) to its termination at Spur 69, which leads to US 290 and I-35. Although the designation after Lamar Boulevard changes to Spur 69, the road is still signed as RM 2222 through to I-35. This section of road is a four-lane, heavily developed urban residential and commercial road.

RM 2222 has several names over its length. Its westernmost segment is merely called RM 2222 (although it is sometimes erroneously referred to as FM 2222 or RR 2222). Near Loop 360, RM 2222 is known as Bull Creek Road. As it approaches its more developed stretch west of Loop 1, RM 2222 picks up the name Northland Drive. After passing over Shoal Creek, the name changes to Allandale Road, named for the Allandale neighborhood through which it passes. Finally, after passing Burnet Road, the name changes to Koenig Lane (pronounced KAY-nig), and remains so to the junction with I-35.

Junction list[edit]

The entire route is in Austin, Travis County.

Mile km Destinations Notes
RM 620 / Bulick Hollow Road
River Place Boulevard
Bell Mountain Drive
Jester Boulevard
City Park Road
Loop 360 (Capital of Texas Highway)
Mesa Drive
Dry Creek Drive
Parkcrest Drive / Highland Crest Drive West end of Northland Drive overlap
Balcones Drive
Loop 1 (Mopac Expressway)
Marilyn Drive
Shoal Creek Boulevard East end of Northland Drive overlap; West end of Allandale Road overlap
Spur 69 (Koenig Lane) / FM 1325 (Burnet Road) East end of Allandale Road overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Ranch to Market Road No. 2222". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 21, 2007. 
  2. ^ TexasFreeway.com. "Historic Austin Freeway Planning Maps". Retrieved August 21, 2007. 
  3. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "Urban Road No. 2222". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 21, 2007. 
  4. ^ Rowland, Craig H. "Austin Hills Chart Version 2003-09-02" (PDF). Retrieved August 21, 2007. 

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