Texas State Highway Loop 289
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.
|Length||26.09 mi (41.99 km)|
|Beltway around Lubbock|
|I-27 / US 87|
Lubbock is among the smallest U.S. cities to be encircled by a beltway or loop highway. Loop 289 is grade-separated. Built from 1960 to 1972, it is 26 miles (42 kilometers) long. When first constructed, Loop 289 passed through entirely rural areas. Today, urban sprawl extends beyond the beltway, especially in southwestern Lubbock.
Loop 289 was designated on September 20, 1955.
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.
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 controlled-access 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.
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".
|0.0||0.0||I-27 north / US 87 / Avenue A – Lubbock, Amarillo, Tahoka||Southern terminus of I-27; US 87 exit 1 (NB); I-27 exit 1B|
|1.6||2.6||US 84 (Slaton Highway) / Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard – Slaton, Post|
|3.3||5.3||Spur 331 (Southeast Drive)|
|4.2||6.8||FM 835 (East 50th Street) – Buffalo Springs Lake, Ransom Canyon|
|5.4||8.7||Frontage Road||CCW exit and CW entrance|
|6.2||10.0||East 19th Street|
|7.3||11.7||FM 40 (East 4th Street)|
|7.8||12.6||US 62 / US 82 / SH 114 (Idalou Road) – Lubbock, Idalou|
|9.1||14.6||Frontage Road||CCW exit and CW entrance|
|9.6||15.4||Municipal Drive / Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard – Preston Smith International Airport|
|10.9||17.5||Ash Avenue||CW exit via the I-27/US 87 exit|
|11.3||18.2||I-27 / US 87 – Lubbock, Amarillo||I-27 exits 6 (NB) and 6B (SB)|
|12.6||20.3||Frontage Road||CCW exit and CW entrance|
|13.1||21.1||FM 1264 (University Avenue) – Texas Tech University|
|13.9||22.4||Frontage Road – Lubbock Lake Landmark|
|14.7||23.7||US 84 – Littlefield|
|14.9||24.0||Quaker Avenue, Texas Tech Parkway, Erskine Street – Texas Tech University||Access to Lubbock Heart Hospital|
|FM 2255 (4th Street) – Reese Center||CCW exit via the Slide Road exit; CW exit via the Frankford Avenue exit|
|17.6||28.3||FM 2528 (Frankford Avenue)|
|18.7||30.1||SH 114 (19th Street) – Levelland, Reese Center||CCW exit via the Frankford Avenue exit|
|20.1||32.3||US 62 / US 82 (Marsha Sharp Freeway)|
|20.5||33.0||50th Street||CW exit via the US 62/82 exit|
|21.1||34.0||Spur 327 west – Brownfield||No CW entrance|
|FM 1730 (Slide Road)||CCW exit via the Spur 327 exit|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "State Highway Loop No. 289". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 18, 2010.
- "Economic Development History of Interstate 27 in Texas - Studies - Economic Development - Planning - FHWA". www.fhwa.dot.gov. Retrieved 2017-08-05.
- Kerns, William (May 2, 2006). "Controversy? Just 'Leave It' to the Chicks". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
- Google (June 21, 2017). "Map of Loop 289" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 21, 2017.