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Old 04-04-2011, 09:12 PM
 
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Default Why does I-27 exist?

M'kay, so recently I rode along I-27 between Canyon and Lubbock on the way to and fro a church retreat. There wasn't much traffic on the road at all. The busiest section, in Lubbock, was about as busy as US 183 here in Austin at 6 am. Yeah.

Honestly, Lubbock and Amarillo aren't that big of cities, and IMO, an Interstate between those cities isn't warranted, especially when there was already a 4 lane highway. I guess this is one of those highways that requires a subsidy...

So I'm wondering why TxDOT decided to build an Interstate between those two cities...

I'm thinking that the reasons why it was built was either:

1) When I-27 was proposed, Lubbock and Amarillo were growing faster than they are now.

2) Texas had some extra miles left over in the Interstate Highway System.

3) There was representative who wanted an Interstate in his district.


Personally, I think 2 and 3 are the most likely, because there are many cases of Congressmen championing Interstates just so they can go through their district, regardless if they make economic sense or not...
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:30 PM
 
Location: ITL (Houston)
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The plan for I-27 is to have it connect to I-10 to the South, and terminate near Denver. I forgot the fancy name of the plan though, but it's on Google somewhere.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Rep. George H. Mahon (D) Lubbock 1935-1979...chairman of the House Appropriations Committee...was THE reason for this.

Future: Ports To Plains - Home
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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The plan for I-27 is to have it connect to I-10 to the South, and terminate near Denver. I forgot the fancy name of the plan though, but it's on Google somewhere.
Wiki says that this has been scrapped for the time being, due to lack of funds. But, of course, grain of wiki salt and all that.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Central Austin
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I used to wonder the same thing myself.

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The plan for I-27 is to have it connect to I-10 to the South, and terminate near Denver. I forgot the fancy name of the plan though, but it's on Google somewhere.
This is the correct answer, but it will probably never happen. Lubbock and Amarillo are already connected by four-lane highways to any significant population center. It would just be a waste of money trying to extend I-27.

Even the portion in Lubbock has heavy traffic only during its rush half-hours.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:38 AM
 
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I don't know that this played any role in its inception, but I-27 will eventually be included in the Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor that will connect Mexico to Canada if completed. I have always found it frustrating that the speed limit on US 87 (which becomes I-27) is 70 mph, but when you hit the Interstate near Lubbock, it drops to 65 mph.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:39 AM
 
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Yeah, US 84 is already a 4 lane highway, which is almost as good as an Interstate.
There's much better places to make a new interstate in Texas.
Like Austin-Houston, or Houston-College Station-Waco.
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:06 AM
 
Location: West Texas
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College Station-Waco is not a good road if you are driving at night. I got lost in Waco trying to figure out TX-6 from I-35. Anyways I-27 is good for driving with so little traffic and I always wondered what was the need? I wish one day Waco-Houston become interstate.
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:15 AM
 
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College Station-Waco is not a good road if you are driving at night. I got lost in Waco trying to figure out TX-6 from I-35. Anyways I-27 is good for driving with so little traffic and I always wondered what was the need? I wish one day Waco-Houston become interstate.
That's what I'm saying. Upgrade TX 6 between Hillsboro and Waco to Interstate standards. It's a major highway within the triangle. I even recommended part of the route as the corridor for a Houston-Dallas HSR route (although it takes a slightly different alignment than TX 6 between Navasota and Houston).
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Abilene, Texas
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Yeah, US 84 is already a 4 lane highway, which is almost as good as an Interstate.
There's much better places to make a new interstate in Texas.
Like Austin-Houston, or Houston-College Station-Waco.
I agree, it's silly to have an interstate highway between Lubbock and Amarilllo when there are other heavily traveled highways like the ones you mention above that could actually benefit from an upgrade to an interstate highway, or at least an upgrade to a 4 lane highway that's near interstate highway standards.
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