Texas State Highway Loop 279

Loop 279, formerly Business U.S. Highway 66, is a state highway in Amarillo, Texas, United States. It runs from Amarillo Boulevard (Interstate 40 Business) and Bell Street east along 9th Avenue, Bushland Boulevard and 6th Avenue to end at Fillmore Street (northbound U.S. Route 87).[2]

State Highway Loop 279 marker

State Highway Loop 279
Route information
Length4.05 mi[1] (6.52 km)
Existed1954–present
Major junctions
West end Bus. I-40 in Amarillo
East end US 87 in Amarillo
Highway system
Loop 278Loop 280

Route descriptionEdit

Loop 279 begins at an intersection with Business Loop I-40 near Amarillo College in Amarillo, Potter County, heading east on SW 9th Avenue, a four-lane divided highway. The road soon becomes a five-lane road with a center left-turn lane as it passes through commercial areas before heading between the Amarillo Country Club to the north and residential areas to the south, losing the center turn lane. The highway turns northeast onto Bushland Boulevard at this point and continues south of the golf course. Loop 279 narrows into a two-lane road and heads past businesses, turning east onto SW 6th Avenue. The road heads through more commercial areas with some homes before heading into an area of more businesses. The highway heads into the commercial downtown of Amarillo, widening into a four-lane road. Here, Loop 279 crosses the southbound direction of US 287 before ending at the intersection of SE 6th Avenue and Fillmore Street (the northbound direction of US 87).[1][3][4]

HistoryEdit

The route was originally the main line of U.S. Route 66, which turned north on Fillmore Street (concurrent with US 87) to the current Business IH 40. A new alignment along Amarillo Boulevard was built ca. 1953,[5] and on May 25, 1954[1] the old alignment (west of Fillmore Street) was designated Loop 279 and signed as Business US 66 (Business US 66 continued north on Fillmore Street to new US 66). At some point, Fillmore Street became one-way northbound, and westbound Business US 66 was moved to either Taylor Street or Pierce Street. When US 66 was decommissioned in Texas in 1985,[6] the Business US 66 designation was dropped.

Junction listEdit

The entire route is in Amarillo, Potter County.

mi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
0.0000.000  SW 9th Avenue westContinuation beyond BL I-40; serves Amarillo VA Health Care System
  Bus. I-40 (Amarillo Boulevard)Western terminus; former US 66
0.040.064Bell Street southInterchange
3.986.41Taylor Street (US 287 south)One-way street
4.0496.516Fillmore Street (US 87 north)One-way street; eastern terminus; road continues as SE 6th Avenue
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b c d Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway Loop No. 279". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  2. ^ Potter County Texas Supplementary Sheet C Archived 2006-09-01 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Google (April 4, 2018). "overview map of Loop 279" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  4. ^ County Grid Map 184 (PDF) (Map). Texas Department of Transportation. 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  5. ^ National Bridge Inventory
  6. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "U.S. Highway No. 66". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 17, 2011.