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Texas Loop 279.svg
State Highway Loop 279
Length: 4.03[1] mi (6.49 km)
Formed: 1954
West end: Business Loop 40.svg Bus. I-40 at Amarillo
East end: US 87.svg US 87 at Amarillo
Highways in Texas
< Loop 278 Loop 280 >
InterstateU.S.T.X. (LoopsSpursRecFM)

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

The route was originally the main line of U.S. Highway 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[3], and in mid-1954[4] 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,[5] the Business US 66 designation was dropped.

See also

  • Business Interstate Highway 40-D, the main line of US 66 until 1985

References

  1. ^ Texas Department of Transportation, [1]
  2. ^ Potter County Texas Supplementary Sheet C
  3. ^ National Bridge Inventory
  4. ^ Texas Department of Transportation, Highway Designation File - State Highway Loop No. 279
  5. ^ Texas Department of Transportation, Highway Designation File - U.S. Highway No. 66

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