Texas State Highway Loop 20

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State Highway Loop 20 marker

State Highway Loop 20
Bob Bullock Loop
Cuatro Vientos Road
Route information
Length 14.869 mi[1][a] (23.929 km)
Existed 1939[1] – present
Major junctions
CW end MX 85D at Mexican border on World Trade International Bridge
 

I-35 (TX).svgUS 83.svg I-35/US 83

I-69W (Future).svgUS 59.svg Future I-69W/US 59
CCW end Mangana-Hein Road
Highway system
Loop 19 Loop 21
Interstate 35 - Loop 20 (and Interstate 69W - U.S. 59 - U.S. 83) stacked interchange under construction

Loop 20, also known as the Bob Bullock Loop and Cuatro Vientos Road, is a highway loop that runs to the north and east of the city of Laredo, Texas. Loop 20 extends from the World Trade International Bridge at its northern point to Mangana-Hein Road at its southern point. The current route varies in construction from a 2-lane road (at its southernmost end) to a freeway with frontage roads (near the World Trade Bridge).

In recent years, much of Laredo's growth has been along Loop 20, with the construction of a new passenger terminal at Laredo International Airport, the Laredo Energy Arena, the new campus of Texas A&M International University, and Doctors Hospital being the most prominent projects.

History[edit]

Loop 20 was designated on September 26, 1939 from US 96 (later US 59, and now SH 359) to US 83 in Laredo as a renumbering of SH 12 Loop. On September 27, 1985, Loop 20 extended from SH 359 to US 59. On August 29, 1996, it extended north to FM 3464 2 miles east of I-35. On May 28, 1998, Loop 20 extended west and southwest to the Mexico border, concurrent with part of FM 3464. On May 29, 2008, Loop 20 was to be rerouted south of SH 359 to US 83, with the old route (the original portion) to become Texas State Highway Spur 260. The section from SH 359 to Mangana-Hein Road (7 miles (11 km)) opened in 2011, and as a result, the old route was officially signed as Spur 260. On August 29, 2013, a shortcut opened south of SH 359, with the old route becoming Texas State Highway Spur 259.

Future expansion[edit]

The Texas Department of Transportation's Laredo District is preparing for future growth with plans to upgrade Loop 20 into a freeway by building overpasses at major intersections and constructing frontage roads.[2] A short freeway section, which is co-signed with both Interstate 69W and U.S. Highway 59, currently exists from the World Trade International Bridge east to Interstate 35 and TxDOT recently constructed a diamond interchange at Loop 20's intersection with U.S. Highway 59 in eastern Laredo;[3] the stack interchange with Interstate 35, locally known as the Milo Interchange, is partially complete. As of 2008, TxDOT planned to complete interchanges and overpasses at all of Loop 20's major intersections within the next ten years.[4]

As of 2011, TxDOT is currently constructing an interchange at State Highway 359. An additional interchange at Clark Boulevard, Texas State Highway Spur 400, has been announced by the City of Laredo.[5]

The Cuatro Vientos Road portion of the route is designed for future expansion to a freeway throughout, as well as an extension to the south to U.S. 83 in the vicinity of Rio Bravo, possibly connecting to a future international bridge.

Previous routes[edit]

The northwest section of Loop 20 west of I-35 to Farm to Market Road 1472 was originally part of Farm to Market Road 3464,[6][7] a 1.15-mile (1.9 km) road designated on October 26, 1983 to connect I-35 to FM 1472 in northern Laredo, Texas. On April 1, 1988, the route was extended east 2.0 miles (3.2 km) over FM 3488, which was cancelled.[8] On June 27, 1995, FM 3464 became Urban Road 3464. On June 29, 2000, FM 3464 was cancelled, as the section west of I-35 was removed from the state highway system, and the section east of I-35 was already part of Loop 20.

Junction list[edit]

The entire route is in Laredo, Webb County.

mi km Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 World Trade International Bridge; Southern terminus of I-69W/US 59
0.1 0.16 U.S. Customs
1.1 1.8 FM 1472 (Mines Road) Diamond interchange with flyover from FM 1472 southbound to Loop 20 eastbound
2.3 3.7 I-35 (US 83) / I-69W – Laredo, San Antonio Current east end of freeway & current north end of I-69W overlap, 3 of 8 direct connectors open to traffic
3.7 6.0 McPherson Road
4.7 7.6 International Boulevard Temporary At-grade intersection
6.2 10.0 Shiloh Drive Temporary At-grade intersection
7.3 11.7 Del Mar Boulevard Temporary At-grade intersection
8.1 13.0 University Boulevard Temporary At-grade intersection
9.3 15.0 Jacaman Road Temporary at-grade intersection
10.5 16.9 Laredo International Airport Temporary at-grade intersection
11.5 18.5
Bus. US 59 west (Saunders Street) / Future I-69W north / US 59 east (Lloyd Bentsen Highway) – Laredo, Freer
Diamond interchange, east end of US 59 overlap; Future north end of I-69W overlap, access to Laredo Medical Center
12.5 20.1 Spur 400 west (Clark Boulevard) Temporary at-grade intersection
13.1 21.1 SH 359 / Spur 260 south – Laredo, Hebbronville
15.1 24.3 Jalapa Street Southbound entrance/exit only
16.5 26.6 Lomas Del Sur Boulevard
17.2 27.7 La Pita Mangana Road Southbound entrance/exit only
17.7 28.5 Sierra Vista Boulevard
18.5 29.8 Cielito Lindo Boulevard
21.0 33.8 Mangana-Hein Road Temporary southern terminus
I-2 / US 83 Future Southern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The certified mileage given is shorter than the actual mileage as TxDOT considers Loop 20 to be discontinuous at rather than concurrent with I-69W/US 59.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway Loop No. 20". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 22, 2017. 
  2. ^ TxDOT Laredo District Loop 20 Mobility Project Archived 2007-07-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ News Release: Loop 20-US 59 traffic switches - Loop 20 traffic over bridge Archived 2012-06-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Ashley Richards, "Corridor options narrow," Laredo Morning Times, June 12, 2008.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  6. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Farm to Market Road No. 3464". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. 
  7. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Urban Road No. 3464". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. 
  8. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Farm to Market Road No. 3488". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 22, 2017.