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
Beltway around Lubbock
  I-27.svg US 87.svg I-27 / US 87

US 84.svg US 84

US 62.svg US 82.svg Texas 114.svg US 62 / US 82 / SH 114

I-27.svg US 87.svg I-27 / US 87

US 84.svg US 84

US 62.svg US 82.svg US 62 / US 82

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.


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]

I-27, completed through Lubbock in 1992, 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 to the nearby suburb of Wolfforth.

Lane Configuration[edit]

Loop 289 is a complete loop freeway with four to six mainlanes. The freeways have frontage roads for nearly the entire route. It is one of only three complete 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]

Counter-clockwise (CCW) reads down and clockwise (CW) reads up. The entire route is in Lubbock, Lubbock County. All exits are unnumbered.

mi km Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 I-27 north (Marshall Formby Memorial Highway) / US 87 – Lubbock, Amarillo, Tahoka Southern terminus of I-27; US 87 exit 1 (NB); I-27 exit 1B
US 84 (Slaton Highway) / Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard – Slaton, Snyder
Spur 331 (Southeast Drive)
FM 835 (50th Street)
Frontage Road CCW exit and CW entrance
19th Street
FM 40 (4th Street)
US 62 / US 82 / SH 114 (Idalou Road) – Lubbock, Idalou
Frontage Road CCW exit and CW entrance
Municipal Drive / Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard – Preston Smith International Airport
Ash Avenue CCW exit and CW entrance
I-27 / US 87 (Marshall Formby Memorial Highway) – Lubbock, Amarillo I-27 exits 6 (NB) and 6B (SB)
Frontage Road CCW exit and CW entrance
FM 1264 (University Avenue) – Texas Tech University
Frontage Road
US 84 (Clovis Road) – Littlefield
Quaker Avenue, Texas Tech Parkway – Texas Tech University
Slide Road
FM 2255 (4th Street) CCW exit via the Slide Road exit; CW exit via the Frankford Avenue exit
Frankford Avenue
SH 114 (19th Street) – Levelland, Reese Center CW exit and CCW entrance
34th Street
US 62 / US 82 west (Marsha Sharp Freeway) – Brownfield, Lubbock CW exit via the 50th Street exit
US 62 / US 82 east (Marsha Sharp Freeway) – Lubbock CW exit and CCW entrance
50th Street
Spur 327 west – Brownfield No CW entrance
FM 1730 south (Slide Road) CCW exit via the Spur 327 exit
Quaker Avenue
Indiana Avenue
University Avenue – Texas Tech University
I-27 / US 87 north (Marshall Formby Memorial Highway) – Lubbock, Amarillo CCW exit and CW entrance; I-27 exit 1A
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "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