Texas State Highway Loop 88

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State Highway Loop 88 marker

State Highway Loop 88
Route information
Length36.0 mi[2] (57.9 km)
StatusPlanning
HistoryDesignated on July 27, 2017[1]
Major junctions
CCW end US 84 near Shallowater
  US 62 / US 82 near Wolfforth
US 87 in Lubbock
CW end US 84 near Slaton
Location
CountiesLubbock
Highway system
Loop 87Loop 90

State Highway Loop 88 (Loop 88) is a proposed state highway in Lubbock County, Texas, that would form a bypass around the city of Lubbock. The Loop 88 designation has been approved by local governments such as Lubbock, Texas while the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) builds the project, currently known as the Lubbock Outer Route.[3]

The route will start at the intersection of U.S. Highway 84 (US 84) northwest of Lubbock near Shallowater and head south and intersect State Highway 114 (SH 114) near Reese Center and continue towards Wolfforth where it will intersect US 62 and US 82 then head east toward US 87 and Slaton, where it will end at US 84. The southern stretch from Wolfforth to Slaton will overlap Farm to Market Road 1585.[4]

TxDOT anticipates construction could begin as early as 2020.[5] The loop will be built in 4 segments: segments 1 and 2 will be from US 84 near Shallowater to US 62/82 near Wolfforth; segment 3 will be from US 62/82 to US 87 in south Lubbock; and segment 4 will be from US 87 to US 84 near Slaton.[6] Construction is expected to last 12-15 years.[7]

History[edit]

An earlier route, also designated as Loop 88 was designated on December 18, 1939 from U.S. Highway 83 through San Ygnacio to another point on US 83. On June 21, 1990, this route was cancelled, as it was transferred to Business US 83-N.[8] The current route was proposed to be Loop 88 in 2016, but was not officially designated as Loop 88 until July 27, 2017.[1]

Construction[edit]

The project was partially stalled in late 2017 when TxDOT found what it thought to be either mammoth or bison bones near the intersection of FM 179 and 130th Street during an environmental impact study.[9][10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Minute Order 12e2" (PDF). July 27, 2017.
  2. ^ Travis, Avery (February 20, 2018). "TxDOT Takes Next Steps to Loop 88". KAMC. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "'Outer Route' on path to becoming 'Loop 88'". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. September 12, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "Lubbock Outer Route". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  5. ^ Snyder, Rob (October 28, 2016). "Lubbock City Council Approves Renaming of Outer Route to Texas Loop 88". KFYO. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "Lubbock Outer Route - Phase 3". Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Estrada, Jacob (February 21, 2018). "TxDOT Unveils Detailed Plans for the Loop 88 Project". KFYO-FM. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "Business U.S. Highway No. 83-N". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  9. ^ Dotray, Matt (January 3, 2018). "Loop 88 project stalled after TxDOT finds pre-historic animal bones". Lubbock Avalanche Journal. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  10. ^ Dotray, Matt (January 26, 2018). "Source of bones found along Loop 88 determined inconclusive". Lubbock Avalanche Journal. Retrieved June 12, 2018.