Texas State Highway Spur 601

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State Highway Spur 601 marker

State Highway Spur 601
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 7.4 mi[1] (11.9 km)
approximate length
Existed: 2006 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 54.svg US 54 in El Paso
East end: Texas Loop 375.svg Loop 375
Location
Counties: El Paso
Highway system
Spur 600 Spur 729

Texas State Highway Spur 601 or Spur 601 is a 7.4-mile (11.9 km) freeway spur route in El Paso County in the U.S. State of Texas. It runs from US 54 in El Paso eastward to Loop 375 in the Fort Bliss Military Reservation. The construction of this freeway improved access to Biggs Army Airfield and Fort Bliss. The route is officially known as the Liberty Expressway.

Route description[edit]

Spur 601 begins at an intersection with U.S. Route 54 about 4 miles north of Interstate 10. The route travels eastward along the former location of Fred Wilson Avenue, just north of Fort Bliss National Cemetery. The route then jogs southeast then northeast, squeezing between the runways of Biggs Army Airfield and El Paso International Airport. The route then turns back to the east and reaches its eastern terminus at Texas State Highway Loop 375.

History[edit]

Spur 601 was officially designated in 2006.[1] In February 2007, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) entered into a "pass-through finance" agreement to obtain funds for the construction of the route; groundbreaking was held in the same year.[2] On May 29, 2009, the first segment of Spur 601 opened to traffic between Global Reach Drive and Loop 375.[3]In 2010, then Fort Bliss commander Major General Howard Bromberg asked that the route be named the Liberty Expressway; the request was approved on March 16th by the city of El Paso.[2] Construction of Spur 601 was completed in January 2011, and a ceremony commemorating the freeway's completion was held by TxDOT on April 27, 2011.[4] The construction of the route cost $368 million.[4]

Junction list[edit]

The entire route is in El Paso County.

Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
El Paso 20A US 54 (Patriot Frwy) / Fred Wilson Avenue – El Paso, Alamogordo, NM Westbound exit and eastbound entrance: roadway continues west as Fred Wilson Ave.
Fort Bliss Military Reservation 20B Marshall Road north – Fort Bliss National Cemetery Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; Fort Bliss Marshall Gate closed permanently
21 Chaffee Road, Fort Bliss Chaffee Gate
22 Airport Road, Sergeant Major Boulevard El Paso Int'l Airport, Biggs Field
25 Old Ironsides Ave, Global Reach Drive, Biggs Field
26 Constitution Avenue – Fort Bliss Military Reservation
Loop 375 (Purple Heart Boulevard) At-grade intersection (currently being reconstructed as a diverging diamond intersection, first such intersection in Texas)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division. "State Highway Spur No. 601". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Diana Washington Valdez (April 24, 2011). "Spur 601 completion celebration Wednesday". El Paso Times. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ Spur 601 June 2009 Newsletter, Texas Department of Transportation, retrieved August 1, 2011 
  4. ^ a b Jade Fulce. "Liberty Expressway – Spur 601 is complete". Fort Bliss Monitor. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

Geographic data related to Texas State Highway Spur 601 at OpenStreetMap