Texas State Highway Loop 289

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State Highway Loop 289 marker

State Highway Loop 289
Route information
Length: 26.09 mi[1] (41.99 km)
Existed: 1955[1] – present
Major junctions
CCW end: I-27.svg I-27
  US 87.svg US 87
US 84.svg US 84
US 82.svg US 82
US 62.svg US 62
Texas 114.svg SH 114
Highway system
Loop 288 Loop 290

Loop 289 is a multi-lane beltway servicing Lubbock as a freeway. The highway serves as the southern end for Interstate 27 on the south side of the city. The highway passes about a mile south of Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport on the north side near the intersection with I-27.

History[edit]

Lubbock is among the smallest U.S. cities to be encircled by a beltway or loop highway.[2] Loop 289 is grade-separated. Built from 1960 to 1972, it is 26 miles (42 kilometers) long.[2] When first constructed, Loop 289 passed through entirely rural areas. Today, urban sprawl extends beyond the beltway, especially in southwestern Lubbock.[2]

Completed through Lubbock in 1992, I-27 serves as the city's north-south expressway. In 2004, construction began on the Marsha Sharp Freeway, the east-west expressway. Cosigned as US 62 / US 82 at its interchange with Loop 289, the Marsha Sharp Freeway begins northeast of Downtown Lubbock extending a mile west of Loop 289. The freeway is under construction to be extended west the nearby suburb of Wolfforth.

Lane Configuration[edit]

Loop 289 is a complete loop freeway with four to eight mainlanes. The freeways have frontage roads for nearly the entire route. It is one of only three complete freeway loops in Texas, the other two being Interstate 610 and Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Parkway, and Sam Houston Tollway), both of which encircle Houston. At certain junctions, the freeway widens up to serve exit only lanes. At most interchanges with other highways, there are partial to full access ramps, that directly serve the mainlanes or frontage roads.

Popular Culture[edit]

The Dixie Chicks reference Loop 289 in "Lubbock or Leave It", a track from their 2006 release "Taking The Long Way". The lyric reads: 'Oh, boy, rave on down Loop 289 / That'll be the day you see me back in this fool's paradise".

Exit List[edit]

The entire route is located in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas. Counter-clockwise reads down and clockwise reads up.

Destinations Notes
I-27 north – Lubbock Counter-clockwise exit and clockwise entrance
I-27 north / US 87 – Lubbock, Tahoka
US 84 (East Slaton Highway) – Lubbock, Slaton
Spur 331 (Southeast Drive)
FM 835 (50th Street)
Frontage Road Counter-clockwise exit and clockwise entrance
19th Street
FM 40 (4th Street)
US 62 / US 82 / SH 114 – Lubbock, Idalou
Frontage Road Counter-clockwise exit and clockwise entrance
Municipal Drive, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Ash Avenue Counter-clockwise exit and clockwise entrance
I-27 – Lubbock, Amarillo
Avenue N Clockwise exit and counter-clockwise entrance
Avenue X Counter-clockwise exit and clockwise entrance
FM 1264 north (University Avenue)
US 84 (Clovis Road) – Lubbock, Littlefield
Quaker Avenue, Texas Tech Parkway – Texas Tech
FM 2255 (4th Street)
FM 2528 north (Frankford Avenue)
SH 114 (19th Street) – Levelland, Lubbock
34th Street
US 62 / US 82 (Marsha Sharp Freeway) – Lubbock, Brownfield
US 62 east / US 82 east (Marsha Sharp Freeway) – Lubbock Clockwise exit and counter-clockwise entrance
50th Street Counter-clockwise exit and clockwise entrance
Spur 327 west / FM 1730 south (Slide Road) Counter-clockwise exit and clockwise entrance
FM 1730 south (Slide Road) Clockwise exit and counter-clockwise entrance
Quaker Avenue
Indiana Avenue
University Avenue

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway Loop No. 289". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/economic_development/assistance/i27tx.cfm